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Anton van Beek  |  Sep 18, 2015  |  0 comments

Eight years ago black ops specialist Jim Terrier (Sean Penn) had to flee the Democratic Republic of the Congo after being involved in the assassination of the Minister of Mining. However, the past has finally caught up with Terrier and somebody from his old organisation appears to want him dead. Forced to go on the run across Europe, he tries to discover who is out to get him while unexpectedly reconnecting with the lover (Jasmine Trinca) he was forced to abandon all those years ago. 

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 16, 2015  |  0 comments

Short Circuit crashes headlong into RoboCop in Neill (District 9) Blomkamp's latest sci-fi thriller. In a near future version of Johannesburg where state-of-the-art robots are used to police the streets, rogue police 'bot Chappie is given true artificial intelligence by his creator (Dev Patel), only to end up being raised on the streets by a group of gangsters.

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 14, 2015  |  0 comments

Hailed today as one of the greatest shows in the history of TV, David Simon's The Wire rewrote the rule book for serialised crime drama over the course of its five seasons. From its debut on HBO in 2002, the show eschewed the usual formula of individual episodic narratives in its favour of following a single Baltimore police investigation aimed at bringing down a major drug dealing organisation.

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 10, 2015  |  0 comments

Rarely have promising filmmaking careers imploded quite as spectacularly as those of Andy and Lana (née Larry) Wachowski. Having impressed critics with their inventive crime thriller Bound in 1996, the duo then delivered 1999's best science-fiction film (The Matrix) – something few could have predicted in a year that would also see the long-awaited start of a brand-new Star Wars trilogy. Yet since then they've endured a steady decline through dismal sequels and epic follies. Which brings us neatly to the duo's new space opera, Jupiter Ascending…

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 08, 2015  |  0 comments

Rock star/neurosurgeon/particle physicist Buckaroo Banzai (Peter Weller) is called upon to save the day when Earth is threatened by inter-dimensional 'Lectroids from Planet 10' led by the insane Dr. Lizardo (John Lithgow). The very definition of a cult film, …Buckaroo Banzai is like nothing else you've ever seen. Packed full of crazy characters and concepts, this bonkers genre hybrid is borderline incoherent at times, but it's also a absolute blast of pure, unadulterated, nutty fantasy that should leave a big grin on your face.

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 06, 2015  |  0 comments

Having graduated to shooting on 35mm last time out, British secret agents Steed (Patrick Macnee) and Emma Peel (Diana Rigg) made the leap to gaudy colour with this 1967 run.

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 04, 2015  |  0 comments

The idea of being relentlessly stalked by an unstoppable force is one of the most familiar notions in the horror genre. But rarely has the concept been used as efficiently or as effectively as in writer-director David Robert Mitchell's minimalist supernatural chiller It Follows.

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 02, 2015  |  0 comments

Based on Nicholas Pileggi's best-selling nonfiction book Wiseguy, Martin Scorsese's kinetic 1990 crime epic spans three decades as it charts the rise and fall of three gangsters – Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), Jimmy 'The Gent' Conway (Robert De Niro) and Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci).

Mark Craven  |  Aug 31, 2015  |  0 comments

The title may recall memories of direct-to-video thrillers gone by, but there's nothing B-movie about this adaptation of the best-selling biography by US Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. Directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Hollywood fave Bradley Cooper, it's a handsomely-staged A-list endeavour. Unfortunately, it's immensely serious and rather lacking in thrills.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 29, 2015  |  0 comments

During the late 1950s Hammer Film Productions reinvented itself as the UK's leading purveyor of cinematic shockers with The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) and Dracula (1958). But in 1959 the studio took a brief break from raiding Universal's catalogue of classic monsters to tackle one of Britain's best-loved literary icons – Sherlock Holmes.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 27, 2015  |  0 comments

Best known for playing the superhero Birdman in a series of Hollywood blockbusters a decade earlier, washed-up actor Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) is out to reinvent himself on Broadway. To this end, he has written a stage adaptation of a Raymond Carver short story, which he is also directing and starring in. However, as opening night looms, Riggan must contend with both his brilliant-but-volatile co-star Mike Shiner (Edward Norton) and recovering addict daughter, Sam (Emma Stone). And there's also the fact that Birdman himself keeps turning up to mock and criticise him…

Mark Craven  |  Aug 25, 2015  |  0 comments

Universal Studios doesn't have a superhero franchise to rival Marvel's Avengers, Warner's Batman or Fox's X-Men. But it doesn't need one, does it? The characters in the long-running Fast & Furious series are now so superheroic they will soon need to start donning capes.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 23, 2015  |  0 comments

Following the box office success of both Alice in Wonderland (2010) and Maleficent (2014), Disney recently embarked on producing live-action remakes of some of its most beloved animated classics. While the idea of one day having to endure Tim Burton's Dumbo (yes, really) fills us with an unspeakable dread, the series has got off to a surprisingly strong start with this live-action retelling of Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 21, 2015  |  0 comments

The quintessential Cannon Films action franchise, the American Ninja films continue to hold a special place in the hearts of those who grew up in the '80s.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 19, 2015  |  0 comments

It's the dying days of the 20th Century and as L.A. teeters on the brink of chaos, ex-cop-turned-hustler Lenny (Ralph Fiennes) is content to carry on making a living peddling black market 'clips': recordings of other people's memories that can be experienced with the aid of a digital headpiece. But when he comes into possession of a clip showing a rapper/political activist being executed by cops, Lenny finds himself caught up in a conspiracy of silence and pursued by people on both sides of the law.