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The Hunt (2012)

A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son’s custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie. No smoke without fire. So the saying goes. And when has a saying ever been wrong? Continue reading

Sightseers (2012)

Cinema just put a big stupid grin on my face. Ben Wheatley’s “Sightseers” has done the impossible: it’s made the phrase “British comedy film” seem, for once, like it’s not a contradiction in terms. For once, here is a genuinely funny film which is completely home grown… and I absolutely loved it. Continue reading

The Master (2012)

Paul Thomas Anderson’s last film, “There will be blood” (2007), swept Daniel Day-Lewis to deserved Oscar glory and there is every indication that this latest movie will do the same for its stars; Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman. “The Master” has also generated headlines for its purported subject matter: the early days of Scientology. But is the film as ‘masterful’ as other reviewers have made out? Continue reading

Skyfall (2012)

The Bond backlash had started before I even set foot into the cinema to watch “Skyfall”. After such universally amazing plaudits from critics and moviegoers alike, rumblings of discontent had started to emerge online and within earshot. The 23rd James Bond motion picture in the franchise’s 50th anniversary year clearly sought to capture a celebration of all things 007. Did they achieve that? Continue reading

Argo (2012)

Ben Affleck directs and stars in this 1970’s political thriller about the extraordinary real-life efforts by the CIA to rescue 6 US citizens caught up in the storming of the US embassy in Tehran and the 1979 revolution engulfing Iran as a whole at the time of the return of the Ayatollah Khomeini. Read on to see if this pot-boiler of a story boils over… Continue reading

The Raven (2012)

James McTeigue’s third feature film, “The Raven” (2012), sets out to explain the last days in the life of the American writer, Edgar Allan Poe. The author of such dark and macabre works as “The Masque of the Red Death”, “The Black Cat”, “The Pit and the Pendulum”, “The Tell-tale heart” and “The Raven” among many others, Poe’s untimely death was as mysterious and as tragic as the tales he wrote. Continue reading

John Carter (2012)

Written and directed by Pixar’s Andrew Stanton, “John Carter” (2012) has long been derided as the box office flop of the year. Its leading actor, Taylor Kitsch, similarly has been labelled box office poison given that he also starred in the poorly received Summer blockbuster, “Battleship”(2012). Hence, my expectations were fairly low when I finally … Continue reading

MOVIES TO LOOK FORWARD TO: #3 THE HOBBIT

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Adapted into a trilogy of movies by Peter Jackson,  J.R.R. Tolkien’s much loved novel “The Hobbit” (1937) will see the first of the three movies, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (2012), have its world premiere in New Zealand on 28th November 2012. Thereafter it will be released in UK cinemas … Continue reading

Ginger and Rosa (2012)

Sally Potter’s latest film, “Ginger and Rosa” (2012), tells the story of two seventeen-year-old girls living in London in 1962. The flame-haired Ginger and her bosom pal Rosa have been raised almost as sisters; seemingly joined-at-the-hip by virtue of their mothers’ friendship as much as their own. Best friends forever: they are united in wanting … Continue reading

MOVIES TO LOOK FORWARD TO: #2 SKYFALL

Bond movie no. 23 premieres in London on October 23rd and is officially released on the 26th of October (although not till 9th November in the U.S.) The most un-secret of secret agents, James Bond, in his latest outing is already the worst kept secret so what more can I tell you that you haven’t … Continue reading

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