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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

Lawrence of Arabia (1962) – Director’s Cut

With Oscar winning cinematography, magnificent locations, Maurice Jarre’s famed score and a screenplay based on Lawrence’s own writings, David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia is a masterpiece. Over the years the film was heavily cut, but in 1988 a reconstruction of the film was undertaken. David Lean and original editor Anne V. Coates then worked on the film to create Lean’s Director’s Cut. It is this version that has now been lovingly digitally restored by Sony Pictures Entertainment, ensuring that the film will be seen as it was meant to be, for the first time since its initial release. 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 Tree of Life (2011)

Terrence Malick’s latest film “The Tree of Life” depicts the central character, Jack (Sean Penn) recalling his childhood in 1950’s Waco (Texas) where he tries to resolve his feelings towards his brother’s untimely death, his overly strict father (Brad Pitt), and life in general. It has polarised critics since it was first released. So has Malick discovered the meaning to life, the universe and everything? Continue reading

The Flowers of War (2011)

The “Flowers of War” (2011) takes Hollywood on at their own game. This Beijing-produced war epic throws together the visionary director behind “Hero” (2002) and “The House of Flying Daggers” (2004), Zhang Yimou, the war-torn setting of 1937 Nanking, The Dark Knight himself (Christian Bale) and a budget of some $94 million to play around with. So would “The Flowers of War” come up smelling of roses? Continue reading

The Human Centipede: First Sequence (2009)

Tom Six’s notorious body-horror movie from 2009, “The Human Centipede”, caused a bit of a stir when it first came out. Depicting the experiments of the Mengele-like Dr. Heiter (Dieter Laser) it plays out what would happen if 3 people were kidnapped and surgically joined together by mouth to anus to form a human centipede. Clearly this concept is quite ‘out there’ and not for the squeamish but is it the most horrific film to have ever been produced as has been suggested? Read on for our review… if you can stomach it. Continue reading

Room 237 (2012)

Stanley Kubrick was bored. He had accomplished everything he had wanted to achieve in cinema. So with his next movie, “The Shining” (1980), he wanted the viewer to understand he wasn’t really telling the story of a man going mad in a remote Colorado hotel, he was indirectly telling the story of the genocide of the American Indian…. or was it the Holocaust? So begins Rodney Ascher’s acclaimed documentary. Continue reading

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