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Anton van Beek  |  Mar 28, 2012  |  0 comments

There have been numerous screen adaptations of Alexander Dumas’ literary classic over the years. But none of them ever featured flying boats or Milady pulling off moves that wouldn’t look out of place in a martial arts film. Until now.

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 26, 2012  |  0 comments

There’s just something about the spectacle of watching big robots punching each other that makes most grown men regress back to their 12-year old selves. The unbelievable success of the Transformers films with those of us old enough to know better is a case in point.

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 18, 2012  |  0 comments

The year is 1919 and in a country wracked by past-war grief Florence Cathcart (Rebecca Hall) makes a living exposing fraudulent spiritualists. An invitation from a desperate teacher (Dominic West) takes her to an isolated boarding school to debunk stories of a ghostly boy that is said to have caused the death of one of the students. Naturally, things don’t go as planned.

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 14, 2012  |  0 comments

The Beyond is more than just ‘yet another’ Italian splatter film. It’s the highpoint of Lucio Fulci’s career in the horror genre, a terrifying mix of mysticism and visceral horror that proves even more pessimistic than the director’s earlier City of the Living Dead. Catriona MacColl stars as the inheritor of a rundown New Orleans hotel, whose efforts at getting it up and running again are undermined by an escalating series of inexplicable and extremely violent occurrences.

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 12, 2012  |  0 comments

Like a great piece of music or writing, a great film should leave its mark on the viewer. Few manage that quite as simply and effectively as Robert Mulligan’s screen adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic novel. A Hollywood great that’ll bring a tear to the eye of even the most hardened cynic.

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 07, 2012  |  0 comments

Despite being stuck with less than half the running time of the acclaimed 1979 BBC adaptation, this bigscreen version of John le Carré’s novel does a remarkable job of condensing the tricky plot into a two-hour movie experience. Helped out by an astonishing cast of some of the UK’s brightest acting talent (Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, John Hurt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth and many more), it’s a gripping tale of intrigue and deceit. And even if the resolution doesn’t quite deliver the impact you might expect, the journey to get there is utterly flawless.

Mark Craven  |  Mar 06, 2012  |  0 comments

This remake of Tom Holland’s ‘80s horror-comedy doesn’t quite live up to our memories of the original, but is still a fun genre outing coated with liberal splashes of blood (all-too rare a sight in today’s tween-friendly vampire flicks).

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 05, 2012  |  0 comments

Taking a leaf out of Harry’s Potter’s spell book, the final Twilight novel has been split into two movies. This wouldn’t necessarily have been a problem – except this instalment barely has enough plot to justify 45-mins of screen time, let alone the best part of two-hours!

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 01, 2012  |  0 comments

Four English tourists get more than they bargained for when they take a trip to Karlsbad castle – former home to the late Count Dracula. One bloody resurrection later and he’s on the prowl again, draining the blood of innocent women.

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 23, 2012  |  0 comments

When a young girl (Bailee Madison) is forced to move in with her father (Guy Pearce) and his new girlfriend (Katie Holmes) in a spooky old home they’re restoring, she isn’t exactly thrilled by the idea. But things get even worse when she starts hearing voices calling her name and seeing little creatures running around the building.

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 21, 2012  |  0 comments

Despicable Me tells the story of Gru, the world’s greatest super villain. Or, at least that’s what he thinks. Truth is, there are worse people in the world than him and his latest plan - involving the theft of the moon and three orphaned girls – could end up changing his life in ways he never imagined.

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 17, 2012  |  0 comments

Clichés are not necessarily a bad thing. There’s a good reason why some ideas are reused over and over again. Ultimately, it’s all about how you can make a cliché work for you.

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 15, 2012  |  0 comments

After success in most other genres, HBO has turned its attention on the fantasy epic with this adaptation of the first of George RR Martin’s acclaimed A Song of Ice and Fire novels. And once again the result is a televisual masterpiece that looks set to live up to its literary source material, which takes the standard fantasy tropes and uses them as the framework for a truly adult fantasy saga of depth and complexity.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 25, 2012  |  0 comments

Joseph L Mankiewicz’s 1963 historical epic cost a spectacular $44million to make (the equivalent of around $300million today) and in the process almost brought studio 20th Century Fox to its knees. Unfortunately, the film’s tortuous production is a more entertaining tale than the one Cleopatra itself serves up. Okay, it’s not a bad film, just a rather average one – which isn’t really what you want from such a ridiculously costly endeavour.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 23, 2012  |  0 comments

Given the level of vitriol aimed at this blockbuster genre mash-up, you’d be forgiven for expecting it to be an absolute stinker. Unsurprisingly, it isn’t.