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Anton van Beek  |  Feb 26, 2017  |  0 comments

Since time immemorial (well, 1975) Hollywood has been obsessed with making movies about people being eaten by sharks. The past decade, in particular, has seen the predatory piscine sub-genre go into overdrive, thanks largely to the availability of low-cost digital effects. But in a world of gimmicky fish flicks like Shark in Venice and Ghost Shark, slick survival movie The Shallows is a breath of salty air.

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 24, 2017  |  0 comments

Based on the April 20, 2010, oil rig explosion that cost the lives of 11 men and caused the biggest ecological disaster in US history, Deepwater Horizon is a bruising piece of disaster cinema that brings the incident to life in adrenaline-pumping fashion.

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 22, 2017  |  0 comments

One-eyed boy Kubo (Art Parkinson) lives in a cave atop a mountain in ancient Japan with his sick mother Sariatu (Charlize Theron). Kubo spends his days entertaining nearby villagers with tales of the samurai Hanzo, which he brings to life via origami that's magically animated by music played on his guitar-like shamisen.

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 18, 2017  |  0 comments

This cracking screwball comedy stars Rosalind Russell as ace reporter 'Hildy' Johnson, who turns up at the offices of The Morning Post one morning to tell her managing editor and ex-husband Walter Burns (Cary Grant) that she is quitting to remarry and live a quite life in Albany. Never one to let a good thing go, the conniving Burns sets about sabotaging Hildy's relationship by giving her the one thing he's sure she can't resist: a big story.

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 16, 2017  |  0 comments

As we made clear in our review of the initial Blu-ray release, we have a lot of time for J.J. Abrams' long-awaited Star Wars sequel. The frequent re-treading of setups from the Original Trilogy is a little tiresome, but The Force Awakens feels like a natural progression from where Lucas left things, introducing a well-drawn array of new characters (alongside plenty of old favourites) and representing a massive step-up in quality from those pesky prequels.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 30, 2017  |  0 comments

At a time when some TV manufacturers are dropping 3D functionality from their newfangled 4K flatscreens, it's a pleasure to find that some Hollywood studios are still supporting the format. Case in point: Universal Pictures' Blu-ray outing for this 1953 science-fiction classic.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 28, 2017  |  0 comments

In the mid-'70s Hollywood sequels were far less prevalent than they are today. But with Steven Spielberg's Jaws breaking box office records and endless knock-offs (Grizzly, Orca, Piranha, et al) crawling out of the woodwork, it's understandable that Universal Studios would want its own shot at cashing-in on the success of its aquatic smash hit.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 25, 2017  |  0 comments

Not since The Rocky Horror Picture Show can we remember coming across a film as polarising as writer-director Richard Kelly's 2001 debut. A fever dream comprised of teen drama, time paradoxes, superheroes, '80s nostalgia, predestination and a man-sized rabbit, Donnie Darko offers no critical middle-ground; you either embrace its dreamlike structure and apocalyptic philosophising or you don't. In which case you'll and end up observing it all in a state of utter bemusement.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 07, 2017  |  0 comments

Concerned by the emergence of super-powered beings like Superman and the threat they may pose to the US, government agent Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) cooks up Task Force X. This off-the-books special ops team is made up primarily of expendable 'metahuman' felons who have been 'persuaded' to do as they're told – thank to explosives implanted in their necks.

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 16, 2016  |  0 comments

Following the critical and commercial success of his films J'accuse! (1919) and La Roue (1922), French filmmaker Abel Gance concocted an audacious plan to shoot a series of six films following the life of Napoleon Bonaparte. However, unable to drum up the funds needed to make all six, Gance was forced to stop shooting after a couple of years and instead contented himself with the creation of one epic movie culminating with Boney's invasion of Italy.

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 09, 2016  |  0 comments

Brian De Palma took his love of all things Alfred Hitchcock to the extreme with this nutty 1984 thriller that raised the heckles of moral guardians on its original release.

Anton van Beek  |  Nov 23, 2016  |  0 comments

Midway into his five-year mission for the Federation, Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) is suffering from a serious case of space ennui and is thinking about jacking it all in. However, Kirk's long-term plans are put on hold when the Enterprise is sent to an uncharted nebula on a rescue mission, which turns into an ambush by an alien horde led by the fierce Krall (Idris Elba). With their ship destroyed and the crew scattered across an alien world, it looks like Kirk and chums have their work cut out if they want to stop Krall's nefarious plans.

Anton van Beek  |  Nov 15, 2016  |  0 comments

The vacationing Carter family find themselves in a world of pain when car trouble leaves them stranded in the middle of the Nevada desert and targeted by barbaric cannibals. Cue the violence…

Anton van Beek  |  Nov 07, 2016  |  0 comments

These are interesting times for HBO's epic fantasy. With author George R.R. Martin still holed up somewhere beavering away on the sixth novel in the series (The Winds of Winter, release date TBC), the TV adaptation hasn't just caught up with the books, but in its sixth season is having to chart its own course. So how is the show faring without the luxury of one of Martin's novels to draw upon?

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 31, 2016  |  0 comments

Forget Herbie. When it comes to autonomous automobiles they don't come any better than Christine. This demon-fuelled, blood-red 1958 Plymouth Fury is the star of John Carpenter's slick 1983 movie adaptation of the Stephen King novel about a high school nerd (Keith Gordon) whose life is turned around when he becomes her latest owner. Trouble is, Christine has a mind of her own and is a very jealous lady…

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