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Anton van Beek  |  May 26, 2015  |  0 comments

When commercial submarine operator Robinson (Jude Law) is abruptly fired from his job with a salvage company, an old friend approaches him with a tempting offer: in 1941 a Nazi U-boat loaded with gold bars sank in the Black Sea – and he knows exactly where it lies.

Anton van Beek  |  May 10, 2015  |  0 comments

While his earlier Fear & Desire and Killer's Kiss both contain flashes of brilliance, it was Stanley Kubrick's third feature that saw him mature as a filmmaker. A tense thriller, The Killing tells the story of a group of thieves who come together with the perfect plan to rob millions from a race track, only for human foibles to bring things crashing down around them.

Anton van Beek  |  May 08, 2015  |  0 comments

After being injured in a motorcycle crash, Rose (Marilyn Chambers) undergoes an experimental surgical procedure that has the unfortunate side effect of endowing her with a vampiric phallus in her armpit. Returning to her home in Montreal, this reluctant predator proceeds to unleash a terrifying plague across the city that transforms its victims into murderous zombies.

Anton van Beek  |  May 06, 2015  |  0 comments

Inspired by a freelance TV crew he encounters at the scene of a traffic accident, small-time criminal Louis 'Lou' Bloom (a shockingly gaunt Jake Gyllenhaal) decides that his future lies in a new line of work. Equipping himself with a camera and police scanner, and prowling the nocturnal streets of L.A., Lou demonstrates a natural talent when it comes to getting hold of the most sensationalist footage imaginable. But just how far is he willing to go to stay on top of the competition?

Anton van Beek  |  May 03, 2015  |  0 comments

Following three years of reality-based adventures in espionage, popular British spy series The Avengers underwent a dramatic change in 1965. Thanks to an injection of cash from US broadcaster ABC, the show made the jump to film – and in the process set about transforming itself into a comic book romp that fully embraced British eccentricity.

Anton van Beek  |  May 01, 2015  |  0 comments

The search for a teenage runaway (Linnea Quigley) lands Los Angeles private investigator Jack Chandler (Jay Richardson) in hot water when it turns out that she's involved with an ancient Egyptian cult that worships chainsaws. Naturally.

Anton van Beek & Richard Stevenson  |  Mar 30, 2015  |  0 comments

Before it became synonymous with cartoons and action figures, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles began life as an independent comic book that set out to parody the most popular superhero comics of the early 1980s.

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 28, 2015  |  0 comments

Arriving on a wave of critical acclaim, this Australian horror movie is the sort of shot in the arm the genre has been crying out for.

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 26, 2015  |  0 comments

When his home in darkest Peru is destroyed, a young bear is packed off by his aunt to London. Discovered on a platform at Paddington Station by the typically middle-class Brown family, he is given the name of Paddington and taken back to their home until they can find somewhere for him to live. Chaos ensues…

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 24, 2015  |  0 comments

Director Michael Mann's feature film debut stars James Caan as Frank, a career thief whose plan to retire and make a fresh start hits a serious hurdle when he gets mixed up with the Chicago Mafia. Smart, stylish and intense, Thief remains one of Mann's finest films, not to mention one of the greatest American crime movies ever made.

Steve May  |  Mar 14, 2015  |  0 comments

This penultimate outing for Suzanne Collins’ popular dystopian fantasy is a radically different proposition from the action-fests that have gone before.

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 12, 2015  |  0 comments

French filmmaker Claude Lanzmann's Shoah is a fascinating and horrifying account of the Nazi's 'Final Solution'. Shot over the course of 12 years, as Lanzmann travelled the globe looking for Holocaust survivors, this nine-and-a-half-hour film (divided into two parts – First Era and Second Era – and spread across two discs here) interviews concentration camp inmates, eyewitnesses and even former SS commandants, as well as visiting several Holocaust sites across Poland. The result is truly extraordinary and highly recommended.

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 10, 2015  |  0 comments

This bigscreen update of the 1980s TV show features Denzel Washington as Robert McCall, a former black-ops guy who has left that part of his life behind and now works at a home supplies store in Boston. Yet when a young prostitute (Chloë Grace Moretz) he befriended is hospitalised by her Russian mobster pimp, McCall slips back into old ways and sets out on a bloody trail of revenge.

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 08, 2015  |  0 comments

Universal's ongoing struggle to reinvent its 'Classic Monsters' franchises for modern cinema audiences  hits another snag with this curiously anaemic origin story for the king of the vampires.

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 06, 2015  |  0 comments

When his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) goes missing on their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) finds himself a prime suspect in the investigation. Under pressure from the police and an escalating media frenzy, the portrait Nick has painted of their perfect marriage begins to crumble away, revealing a web of lies and deceit. But does that really mean that he killed his wife?