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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.

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 14, 2017  |  0 comments

The food items filling the shelves of Shopwell's supermarket spend their days singing the praises of their 'gods' and eagerly awaiting the moment when they too will be swept up by one of them, put in a basket and taken off to the 'Great Beyond'.

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 13, 2017  |  0 comments

The Blair Witch Project (1999) is one of the major cinematic milestones of the past two decades. But any attempt at turning it into a franchise was killed stone dead by the diabolical Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows (2000). Or so we thought…

Mark Craven  |  Mar 11, 2017  |  0 comments

The three members of US comedy troupe/comic songwriters The Lonely Island star, write and direct this generally sharp and witty satire of the modern music industry. Think This Is Spinal Tap for the YouTube generation.

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 10, 2017  |  0 comments

Three resourceful young crooks – Alex (Dylan Minnette), Rocky (Jane Levy) and Money (Daniel Zovatto) – get more than they bargained for when they target the home of a blind war veteran (Stephen Lang), who is rumoured to have hundreds of thousands of dollars stashed away. When the trio break in, they soon discover that money isn't all he has hidden in the house, and that blindness isn't such a disability for this former soldier.

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.

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