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Anton van Beek  |  Jul 12, 2017  |  0 comments

Based on true events, Clint Eastwood's latest directorial outing stars Tom Hanks as US Airways pilot Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger, who famously landed his plane on New York's Hudson river in 2009.

Mark Craven & Jon Thompson  |  Jul 11, 2017  |  0 comments

The reborn Star Wars movie universe continues in exhilarating fashion with this adventure that gives the main Luke/Leia narrative a swerve and feels all the better for it. While 2015's The Force Awakens got somewhat bogged down in rehashing old Star Wars plots and bringing back old cast members, Rogue One always feels fresh and is populated by (mostly) new characters.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 10, 2017  |  0 comments

In an age of effects-led cinema appearing to prioritise spectacle over emotional involvement, it's a treat to revisit director Merian C. Cooper's classic monster movie; this 1933 fantasy proves it's perfectly possible to give audiences the best of both worlds.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 09, 2017  |  0 comments

Stripped of his role as official executioner after being falsely accused of wishing for the Shogun's death, Ogami Itto (Tomisaburo Wakayama) opts to spend the rest of his life wandering Japan as an assassin for hire, accompanied by his young son Daigoro (Tomikawa Akihiro) in a tooled-up baby cart.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 08, 2017  |  0 comments

Arriving on the planet Vulcan in the distant future the freshly regenerated Doctor (Patrick Troughton) finds himself struggling to convince a colony of humans that the Daleks they recovered from an ancient space capsule trapped in a mercury pool are not the benevolent robotic servants the pretend to be, but actually galaxy-conquering alien killers.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 07, 2017  |  0 comments

When a young boy's mother freaks out after catching him doing a jigsaw of a naked lady, he responds by hacking mummy to pieces with an axe. Flash forward several decades and a chainsaw-wielding maniac is slicing his way through the female students at a Boston college. Could these events be linked?

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 06, 2017  |  0 comments

2016 was a banner year for Disney. Bookended by brand-new Star Wars films, it also saw the Marvel brand go from strength to strength at the box office. It was also the first time since 2002 that its animation arm released two films in the same year. And while it might not hit quite the same highs as its sibling Zootropolis, there's no denying that Moana is another triumph.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 05, 2017  |  0 comments

Following the sudden arrival of a dozen alien spacecraft around the globe, linguistics professor Louise Banks (Amy Adams) is approached by the US military to aid them in translating the alien visitors. Together with a team of mathematicians and scientists (including physicist Ian Donnelly, played by Jeremy Renner), Louise discovers that the squid-like aliens, dubbed 'heptapods', communicate with complex symbols and starts working on a method of decoding their language. Meanwhile, tensions and paranoia about the aliens' true intentions see world governments isolating themselves from each other, leading to the possibility of a new global conflict.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 04, 2017  |  0 comments

Having established the rules of its shared cinematic universe, Marvel Studios now sets about shaking it up by introducing magic to the mix with the tale of a crippled neurosurgeon (Benedict Cumberbatch) who finds salvation in the mystic arts. While the actual story is nothing particularly new, the excellent cast and novel dressing (sparkling magical sigils and kaleidoscoping cityscapes) makes it feel fresh. It's also nice to see a comic book movie where the hero outsmarts the villain rather than simply beating them into a pulp.

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 28, 2017  |  0 comments

Brian De Palma has always been something of a Marmite filmmaker, but even his most ardent fans had little kind to say about this 1992 thriller upon its original release. John Lithgow takes centre stage as Carter Nix, a respected child psychologist who secretly suffers from a multiple personality disorder and spends his spare time kidnapping kids and offing their mothers. Meanwhile, his wife Jenny (Lolita Davidovich) is rekindling a romance with a former lover (Steven Bauer). Clearly things are not going to end well for someone.

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 26, 2017  |  0 comments

When a team of Vatican-sponsored vampire hunters are slaughtered by master bloodsucker Jan Valek (Thomas Ian Griffith), the only survivors are squad leader Jack Crow (James Woods) and his right-hand man Tony Montoya (Daniel Baldwin). Taking advantage of the psychic link developing between Valek and a prostitute (Sheryl Lee) that he bit during the attack, the duo set out to get revenge.

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 24, 2017  |  0 comments

Smarting from the critical and box office failure of the previous year's Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, 1974 found director Sam Peckinpah taking a break from the Western genre and interfering Hollywood producers. Heading to Mexico he set about shooting the story of a down-on-his-luck bar room pianist (Warren Oates) who believes he's found a way of turning his life around when he gets involved in the hunt for a man with a $1,000,000 price on his head.

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 22, 2017  |  0 comments

'So bland and uninspiring that it's less terrifying than a game of Hungry Hungry Hippos.' That was the parting shot in our review of boardgame-based fright flick Ouija. Still, as bad as it was, the film clearly did well enough for Universal Pictures to greenlight a sequel. Which is why, two years later, we now find ourselves reviewing Ouija: Origin of Evil…

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 18, 2017  |  0 comments

Ever since Kang Je-gyu's action blockbuster Shiri exploded onto the bigscreen in 1999, discerning film fans have kept an eye on South Korean cinema. Over the best part of two decades, this awareness has been rewarded by such diverse treats as Joint Security Area, My Wife is a Gangster, The Host and Park Chan-wook's astonishing Vengeance Trilogy.

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 16, 2017  |  0 comments

This cinematic follow-up to 2012's Jack Reacher finds the military policeman-turned-drifter on the run with an Army Major (Cobie Smulders) falsely accused of being involved in the murder of two soldiers in Afghanistan. As if having a team of assassins on your trail wasn't enough to deal with, things get even more complicated for Reacher when he encounters a 15-year-old girl (Danika Yarosh) who may be his daughter.

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