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Anton van Beek  |  Aug 14, 2015  |  0 comments

Following the downright bizarre misfire of 2013's crime drama The Counsellor, Ridley Scott went back to doing what he does best – epic blockbuster spectacle – with this lavish re-telling of the story of Moses. Every bit of the film's $140million budget is there on the screen for all to see, although some of the storytelling decisions that have been made serve to make Exodus… a bit of a mess when you get past all of the epic grandeur. It's no Gladiator, basically.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 12, 2015  |  0 comments

Michael Mann's latest stars Chris (Thor) Hemsworth as Nicholas Hathaway, a former cyber-crook released from jail in order to aid a joint U.S.-Chinese investigation into a cyber terrorist who has used some of Hathaway's old code to bring down a nuclear reactor in Hong Kong. As the team cautiously track the mysterious reactor hacker through Hong Kong, Malaysia and Indonesia, they find themselves a target in his ongoing campaign of terror.

Mark Craven  |  Aug 10, 2015  |  0 comments

Telling the real story of Italian-American Olympic athlete turned WW2 USAF bombardier Louis Zamperini – who endured and survived more than two years in a Japanese POW camp – Unbroken was at one stage tipped for Oscar recognition. Yet director Angelina Jolie went away empty-handed, and it's easy to see why. While handsomely-staged (especially the aerial combat scenes) and well-acted, it never really grips in the way that it should, focusing too much on hammering home the 'never give up' life lesson instead of nailing the dramas of Zamperini's remarkable tale. You'll end up wondering what a director like Oliver Stone would have done with the source material.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 08, 2015  |  0 comments

The apotheosis of Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg's obsession with body horror and the externalising of psychological terrors, the worryingly prescient Videodrome deals with a TV exec (James Woods) looking for ever more extreme content to show on his sensationalist station. When he chances across a pirate broadcast featuring what appears to be scenes of real torture he becomes obsessed, leading him into a world of terrifying hallucinations and violent conspiracies.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 06, 2015  |  0 comments

This saucy blockbuster tells the tale of sexually naive college student Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson), who begins a relationship with hunky businessman Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan), only to learn that he is even more dominant in the bedroom (or, more accurately, his 'red room of pain') than he is in the corporate boardroom.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 04, 2015  |  0 comments

What should have been a joyous event celebrating the engagement of Dr. Henry Jekyll (Udo Kier) and Miss Fanny Osbourne (Marina Pierro) is transformed into a deadly orgy of sex and violence when a depraved maniac starts assaulting the guests.

Mark Craven  |  Aug 02, 2015  |  0 comments

This sci-fi/thriller and directorial debut from Alex Garland (who previously penned the scripts for 28 Days Later, Sunshine and Dredd), focuses on slowly-built tension rather than wall-to-wall action, but is all the better for it. Imbued with a pervasive sense of things-not-being-quite-what-they-seem, Ex_Machina compels you to focus your attention until it reaches its unnerving conclusion.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 31, 2015  |  0 comments

Boy genius Hiro Hamada is content to while away his talents building robots to compete in illegal brawls until his older brother Tadashi invites him along to see the work he's been doing at the 'Nerd Lab' at San Fransokyo Tech. There he introduces Hiro to fellow students Go-Go, Honey Lemon and Wasabi, as well as Baymax, a cuddly nursing robot he has been working on.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 29, 2015  |  0 comments

A masked killer starts knocking off beautiful models at a haute couture fashion house in Mario Bava's eye-popping 1964 proto-slasher Blood and Black Lace (aka Six Women for the Murderer).

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 27, 2015  |  0 comments

If we didn't know better, we'd swear that Peter Jackson was deliberately aping the Star Wars saga with his mammoth blockbuster franchise. As with George Lucas's space opera, Jackson's fantasy series kicked off with a well-received trilogy that helped revolutionise the film industry, before returning after a lengthy gap with a trio of unsatisfying prequels that seem more concerned with the technology used to create them than the story they tell.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 25, 2015  |  0 comments

The Long Good Friday stars Bob Hoskins as Harold Shand, an old-fashioned East End gangster who aspires to become a legitimate businessman. With the financial support of the American Mafia he dreams of renovating London's derelict Docklands, but not even Shand can keep things on track when his business is targeted by the IRA.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 21, 2015  |  0 comments

Fairy tales have been the stock-in-trade at Disney since the studio's earliest days. So it's somewhat bizarre that it financed and distributed this bigscreen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's dark and subversive Broadway musical, where a bunch of familiar fairy tale characters learn that happy-endings aren't all they're cracked up to be.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 19, 2015  |  0 comments

In Christopher Nolan's latest smash, a secret NASA expedition heads to another galaxy in an effort to find a new home for humanity after a devastating crop blight threatens to leave the Earth uninhabitable within a few generations. Following signals sent by earlier probes, the astronauts have a trio of potentially suitable planets to investigate, but the fact that they orbit a supermassive black hole means that time will pass differently for the crew than it does for those they left behind on Earth...

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 17, 2015  |  0 comments

When a young agent is killed in action, his superior Harry Hart (Colin Firth) visits his widow and young son to offer his condolences and give them a number to call if they ever need a favour. Years later, the boy, now a young man called Eggsy (Taron Egerton) does just that after he's arrested by the police following a spot of joy riding. Freeing him from jail, Harry takes Eggsy under his wing and offers him a chance to live up to his potential by competing for a vacant position in a top-secret team of super spies: the Kingsmen.

Anton van Beek  |  Jun 28, 2015  |  0 comments

Thanks to the likes of How to Train Your Dragon 2, Big Hero 6, The Boxtrolls and The LEGO Movie, 2014 will be remembered as a bumper year for animated films. And while it didn't enjoy the same kind of box office success, The Book of Life is just as deserving of praise as those others.

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