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Anton van Beek  |  Aug 09, 2017  |  0 comments

A family comedy act that hit it big on the stage during the 1920s, the Marx Brothers' reliance on humorous wordplay as much as other visual vaudeville humour meant a move to the bigscreen was basically a nonstarter until the arrival of the 'talkies'. But as soon as that technology was established, Hollywood – in the form of Paramount Pictures – came calling for Groucho, Chico, Harpo and Zeppo.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 07, 2017  |  0 comments

Sam Dalmas (Tony Musante), an American writer living in Rome, witnesses a woman (Eva Renzi) being attacked in an art gallery. Attempting to help, Sam ends up trapped in a glass atrium and can only watch as the woman is stabbed and the attacker gets away. Following the incident, Sam grows increasingly obsessed by the idea that something he witnessed during the attack didn't make sense. But as he embarks on his own investigation, Sam and his girlfriend Giulia (Suzy Kendall) become targets for the mysterious killer.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 06, 2017  |  0 comments

1958's The 7th Voyage of Sinbad finds the legendary adventurer (Kerwin Matthews) planning to settle down and marry Princess Parisa (Kathryn Grant). Luckily for us things don't go to plan and a scheming magician (Torin Thatcher) shrinks Parisa down to the size of a Barbie doll, forcing Sinbad to set sail in search of a cure.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 05, 2017  |  0 comments

When African-American Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) agrees to spend the weekend in the country with his white girlfriend Rose Armitage (Allison Williams), visiting her wealthy parents, he can't help but feel nervous about how they will react to his presence. Despite being welcomed with open arms by neurosurgeon Dean (Bradley Whitford) and psychiatrist Missy (Catherine Keener), Chris is still left feeling uneasy by the subdued behaviour of their black servants. The next day, things get even more uncomfortable when Chris finds himself the centre of attention at a rather unusual family gathering…

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 04, 2017  |  0 comments

When Disney first announced its plans to create live-action versions of its classic animated movies, it was accompanied by much wailing and gnashing of teeth from film fans who wondered why they were bothering. But with the provocative Maleficent, witty Cinderella and spectacular Jungle Book, the studio has shown a willingness to tackle familiar stories in refreshingly new and surprising ways.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 02, 2017  |  0 comments

From the Avengers to Transformers, Jedi Knights to the Knights of the Round Table, it often feels like every other film Hollywood puts out is either part of an established franchise or the first step in trying to create a brand-new one. But if you think this focus on sequels, spin-offs and shared universes is a fairly recent phenomenon, think again.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 01, 2017  |  0 comments

For his fourth film as director, Ben Affleck has returned to where he started with an adaption of another Dennis Lehane novel. Sadly, unlike that superb first effort (2007's Gone Baby Gone), this Prohibition-era gangster film is an oddly flat and lifeless affair that is primarily undone by Affleck's choice of leading man – himself.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 31, 2017  |  0 comments

– 'Hey Johnny, what're you rebelling against?' – 'Whadda ya got?'

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 30, 2017  |  0 comments

A melting pot of mythology, romance, tragedy, social commentary and comedy, this 1991 film stars Jeff Bridges as cynical New York City radio shock-jock Jack Lucas, whose life falls apart when an unstable listener takes his latest hate-filled rant to heart and goes on a killing spree.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 29, 2017  |  0 comments

In the quarter of a century since Suzuki Koji's horror novel Ring was first published his story has spread as rapidly as the tale's cursed videotape. From film and TV adaptations to a multitude of sequels and even a crossover with the similarly long-haired ghoul from The Grudge, Koji's story keeps being reinvented for new audiences.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 28, 2017  |  0 comments

While foiling yet another of the villain's schemes to destroy Gotham City, Batman (Will Arnett) adds insult to injury by telling the Joker (Zach Galifianakis) that he isn't his greatest foe; the Caped Crusader prefers to promiscuously 'fight around'. Outraged by Batman's unwillingness to acknowledge the huge role he plays in his life, Joker plots his revenge.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 27, 2017  |  0 comments

Given that Fifty Shades of Grey ended with Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) dumping billionaire playboy Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) due to his fondness for inflicting pain in the bedroom, you might expect this sequel to be all about getting the pair back together. As it happens, Fifty Shades Darker wastes little time reuniting the couple, setting the scene for yet another romantic melodrama punctuated by a series of rose-tinted romps.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 26, 2017  |  0 comments

Following the box office success of 1978's Snake in the Eagle's Shadow, director Yuen Woo-ping and star Jackie Chan immediately set about producing a second film together. And while it followed a very similar formula, Drunken Master (released later the same year) proved to be an even more accomplished blend of action and comedy.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 26, 2017  |  0 comments

Hot on the heels of the excellent Deepwater Horizon comes another true-life thriller from director Peter Berg and actor/producer Mark Wahlberg. This time around the focus is the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the subsequent manhunt for the two perpetrators of the incident.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 25, 2017  |  0 comments

Sleepwalking during her first night at a boarding school in the 'Swiss Transylvania', American student Jennifer Corvino (Jennifer Connelly) witnesses the brutal murder of another girl. Fleeing the scene, she eventually ends up at the home of local forensic entomologist John McGregor (Donald Pleasance) and his chimpanzee attendant, Inga. Learning of her unique ability to telepathically communicate with insects, John asks Jennifer to use her unusual talent to help him catch the psychopath who has been butchering girls at the school.

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