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Anton van Beek  |  Sep 28, 2015  |  0 comments

After a series of duds stretching back several years, Will Smith rediscovers his mojo playing third-generation con artist Nicky Spurgeon in this likeable cinematic caper. Nicky's perfectly ordered life starts to get a little more tricky when he agrees to mentor inexperienced grifter Jess Barrett (Margot Robbie), only to start falling in love with her. But is their relationship real or just part of yet another con?

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 26, 2015  |  0 comments

Having already conquered the small screen, Gerry Anderson's iconic puppet show targeted cinemas with two feature film outings. Thunderbirds Are Go (1966) has International Rescue called in to oversee the launch of the Zero-X spacecraft due to fears of sabotage. Following this, Thunderbird 6 (1968) involves The Hood gaining control of a futuristic airship as part of yet another plan to acquire the secrets of the Thunderbird vehicles.

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 24, 2015  |  0 comments

Washed-up former hitman Jimmy Conlon (Liam Neeson) finds himself going head-to-head with his best friend, Irish mob boss Shawn Maguire (Ed Harris), when he kills Shawn's son in order to save the life of his own estranged son Mike (Joel Kinnaman). With the mob, corrupt cops and a hired killer hot on their trail, Jimmy and Mike must go on the run in order to stay alive…

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 20, 2015  |  0 comments

Ambitious young drummer Andrew Nayman (Miles Teller) thinks he's finally on the path to greatness when he's invited to join the top jazz ensemble at the elite music conservatory he attends. But in order to stay there, Andrew will have to prove himself to the band's ruthless instructor Terrence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), a man who will stop at nothing when it comes to pushing his students to the limit…

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 18, 2015  |  0 comments

Eight years ago black ops specialist Jim Terrier (Sean Penn) had to flee the Democratic Republic of the Congo after being involved in the assassination of the Minister of Mining. However, the past has finally caught up with Terrier and somebody from his old organisation appears to want him dead. Forced to go on the run across Europe, he tries to discover who is out to get him while unexpectedly reconnecting with the lover (Jasmine Trinca) he was forced to abandon all those years ago. 

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 16, 2015  |  0 comments

Short Circuit crashes headlong into RoboCop in Neill (District 9) Blomkamp's latest sci-fi thriller. In a near future version of Johannesburg where state-of-the-art robots are used to police the streets, rogue police 'bot Chappie is given true artificial intelligence by his creator (Dev Patel), only to end up being raised on the streets by a group of gangsters.

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 14, 2015  |  0 comments

Hailed today as one of the greatest shows in the history of TV, David Simon's The Wire rewrote the rule book for serialised crime drama over the course of its five seasons. From its debut on HBO in 2002, the show eschewed the usual formula of individual episodic narratives in its favour of following a single Baltimore police investigation aimed at bringing down a major drug dealing organisation.

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 10, 2015  |  0 comments

Rarely have promising filmmaking careers imploded quite as spectacularly as those of Andy and Lana (née Larry) Wachowski. Having impressed critics with their inventive crime thriller Bound in 1996, the duo then delivered 1999's best science-fiction film (The Matrix) – something few could have predicted in a year that would also see the long-awaited start of a brand-new Star Wars trilogy. Yet since then they've endured a steady decline through dismal sequels and epic follies. Which brings us neatly to the duo's new space opera, Jupiter Ascending…

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 08, 2015  |  0 comments

Rock star/neurosurgeon/particle physicist Buckaroo Banzai (Peter Weller) is called upon to save the day when Earth is threatened by inter-dimensional 'Lectroids from Planet 10' led by the insane Dr. Lizardo (John Lithgow). The very definition of a cult film, …Buckaroo Banzai is like nothing else you've ever seen. Packed full of crazy characters and concepts, this bonkers genre hybrid is borderline incoherent at times, but it's also a absolute blast of pure, unadulterated, nutty fantasy that should leave a big grin on your face.

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 06, 2015  |  0 comments

Having graduated to shooting on 35mm last time out, British secret agents Steed (Patrick Macnee) and Emma Peel (Diana Rigg) made the leap to gaudy colour with this 1967 run.

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 04, 2015  |  0 comments

The idea of being relentlessly stalked by an unstoppable force is one of the most familiar notions in the horror genre. But rarely has the concept been used as efficiently or as effectively as in writer-director David Robert Mitchell's minimalist supernatural chiller It Follows.

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 02, 2015  |  0 comments

Based on Nicholas Pileggi's best-selling nonfiction book Wiseguy, Martin Scorsese's kinetic 1990 crime epic spans three decades as it charts the rise and fall of three gangsters – Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), Jimmy 'The Gent' Conway (Robert De Niro) and Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci).

Mark Craven  |  Aug 31, 2015  |  0 comments

The title may recall memories of direct-to-video thrillers gone by, but there's nothing B-movie about this adaptation of the best-selling biography by US Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. Directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Hollywood fave Bradley Cooper, it's a handsomely-staged A-list endeavour. Unfortunately, it's immensely serious and rather lacking in thrills.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 29, 2015  |  0 comments

During the late 1950s Hammer Film Productions reinvented itself as the UK's leading purveyor of cinematic shockers with The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) and Dracula (1958). But in 1959 the studio took a brief break from raiding Universal's catalogue of classic monsters to tackle one of Britain's best-loved literary icons – Sherlock Holmes.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 27, 2015  |  0 comments

Best known for playing the superhero Birdman in a series of Hollywood blockbusters a decade earlier, washed-up actor Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) is out to reinvent himself on Broadway. To this end, he has written a stage adaptation of a Raymond Carver short story, which he is also directing and starring in. However, as opening night looms, Riggan must contend with both his brilliant-but-volatile co-star Mike Shiner (Edward Norton) and recovering addict daughter, Sam (Emma Stone). And there's also the fact that Birdman himself keeps turning up to mock and criticise him…

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