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Fruitvale Station

Ryan Coogler dives straight for your conscience with Fruitvale Station, an adaptation of a fatal event that sparked riots across the Bay Area in 2009. Michael B.Jordan is Oscar, an ex-convict and family man whose moral compass ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Godzilla

Confined by the paradigm of the modern day blockbuster, Gareth Edwards‘ Godzilla kowtows to any and all that have preceded, ticking the formulaic narrative boxes along the way. Owing a lot to the grand scale of Michael Ba...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Transcendence

Great sci-fi films have the ability to tap into very real issues that potentially face mankind in the future. Artificial Intelligence is nothing new to cinema, dating back as far as Fritz Lang’s 1927 Metropolis and then cemente...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tracks

Tracks is a genuinely inspiring story about one woman’s quest to walk alone (well, aided by her three camels and trusty dog) across the Australian Outback. The film is washed in so much stunning cinematography that, sadly...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Locke

Meet Ivan Locke, construction foreman, devoted father and loving husband. That’s how we meet him anyway. Apart from a glimpse in the very opening scene there is no one else on screen but Mr Locke for the film’s intr...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Calvary

Last time Brendan Gleeson and writer-director John Michael McDonagh teamed-up they delivered the delicately comedic The Guard.  This time Gleeson and McDonagh maintain a sense of comedic whimsy but go dark, really dark  with Ca...
 
 
 
 
 
 

We Are The Best!

We Are the Best! is one of those feel-good films that has universal appeal – everyone’s been a teenager and at some point felt awkward, weird and misunderstood. It’s a film that captures that in-between age so...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Double

Seeped in drab grays and browns Richard Ayoade’s The Double is, aesthetically speaking, far removed from his debut film Submarine.  And yet, two films into his directing career he has established a style and tone that is quinte...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Noah

Ignoring all the religious connotations and storms, of which there have already been a few, Noah is a story that certainly lends itself to a cinematic adaptation.  It is, after all, a story taught to children from a very early ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Starred Up

Gritty British dramas have almost become a cliché but if Starred Up proves anything it’s that when done properly Brit-Grit packs one hell of a powerful punch. Eric Love (Jack O’Connell) is a violent teenager who is transferred ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Labor Day

Forgoing his usual brand of wit and cynicism director Jason Reitman has plumped for something altogether more heartfelt and romantic with his latest, Labor Day.  There’s no wisecracking pregnant teenagers, no cooperate stooges ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent was catapulted to fame at the age of 21 when he was chosen to head up the House of Dior after the death of its namesake. Having then established his own fashion house, he led the charge for empowering women t...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Need For Speed

Clearly fed-up with The Fast & Furious franchise having the monopoly over all things rev-head, Need For Speed is anxious to inject a bit of realism into the speed junkie genre.  There’s no visible CGI boosted cars here, unl...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Stag

It’s not as bawdy as its title might suggest. But John Butler’s directorial debut, The Stag, a comedy with a heart about an Irish stag party gone awry, is a tad predictable and tends to prompt vaguely amused snorts rather than ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Veronica Mars

Veronica Mars; a tough talking, smart, feisty high schooler who moonlights as a private detective and about a decade ago had a, moderately, hit TV show.  For fans of Miss Mars it all ended a bit abruptly, Veronica was supposed ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wake in Fright

This has been a long time coming.  Ted Kotcheff‘s 1970 film Wake in Fright has often been acknowledged as being a major milestone in the development of Australian cinema.  Even though the film was made with a mostly Engli...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Grand Budapest Hotel

If the auteur theory is ever to be proven or even debated in modern cinema then those debating would need to look no further than The Grand Budapest Hotel’s director Wes Anderson.  Perhaps an acquired taste his work is nonethel...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Stranger by the Lake

For a film set entirely at a sun-dazzled lakeside during a hot summer, Stranger by the Lake is impressively dark and claustrophobic. It’s as much a subtle, eerie bad dream as it is a disorientating thriller, playing with time a...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Only Lovers Left Alive

Jim Jarmusch resuscitates Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston in this glacial tale of undying love. Hiddleston is Adam, a sultry, mourning hermit who spends his nights and days in his overgrown Detroit apartment. Swinton is his Ev...
 
 
 
 
 
 

A New York Winter’s Tale

Happily confessed as an adult fairy tale, A New York Winter’s Tale is a muddled two hours of romance and tragedy.  Akiva Goldsman takes the more fantastical components of Christianity, miracles, Lucifer and the like and uses th...