Be Kind Rewind

February 21, 2008

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OUT: February 22nd 

The madcap absurdity of Jack Black, the whimsical imagination of director Michel Gondry and a contrived-yet-intriguing premise are the delectable ingredients in this bizarre recipe. The flavours may not complement each other perfectly and the aftertaste may be a little too sweet, but the chewy centre is just tasty enough. This film has nothing whatsoever to do with cooking, i’m just experimenting with metaphors. So, this movie then… Read the rest of this entry »

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OUT: Now

Bauby is played by Mathieu Amalric, an actor with a face so beguiling it makes his transformation to paraplegic all the more believable. The first scene in which we see him before the stroke he turns up at a photo shoot, looking dishevelled and unshaven but comfortable and confident. Director Julian Schnabel introduces more of these slightly hallucinatory flashbacks throughout the film, whether it is Bauby as an innocent child or an adult on a fabulously ironic trip to Lourdes with a lover, or helping his disgruntled, invalid father, played sensitively by Max Von Sydow. Read the rest of this entry »

Jumper

February 12, 2008

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OUT: February 14th

The ‘real’ superhero comes to town on Friday, blessed with the ultimate travelling power we can only dream about. No traffic jams, no baggage check and no trees on the line. This is the story of a boy who discovers the gift of teleportation, and proceeds to bore us to the grave with it for the next 90 minutes. Read the rest of this entry »

Juno

February 7, 2008

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OUT: NOW 

A murky paddle through the swampish underbelly of life on the streets. Shameless L.A cops finding their filthy pleasures on the beat. STI-ridden, bulimic transvestites throwing up in a scummy public toilet. That’s perhaps the kind of brutal and revealing debut screenplay you’d expect from a stripper-turned phone sex girl-turned blogger- turned writer. Yet Diablo Cody eschews the obvious in favour of a snappy teen comedy that turns out to be more than the sum of its parts. Read the rest of this entry »

Cloverfield

January 30, 2008

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OUT: February 1st 

The title gives nothing away. Neither did the unique marketing campaign that truly re-defined the term ‘teaser trailer’. What exactly is Cloverfield and why is this film so curiously familiar yet genuinely pioneering? If you don’t want to find out yet, be wary of the following… Read the rest of this entry »

In The Valley Of Elah

January 25, 2008

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OUT: Today

Writer Paul Haggis’ 2005 remarkable directorial debut Crash will be remembered as much for its shock Best Picture win over Brokeback Mountain at the Oscars as it will for its edgy story of disparate individuals in Los Angeles whose lives intersect over a couple of days, and the terrific performances by the ensemble cast Don Cheadle, Sandra Bullock and Supporting Actor Nominee Matt Dillon. At times brilliant, even electrifying, Crash did suffer from occasional mawkish sentimentality and Haggis’ unsubtle direction. With In The Valley Of Elah, he has matured into a serious craftsman. Read the rest of this entry »

No Country For Old Men

January 21, 2008

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OUT: NOW

The Coen brothers’ near-spotless output splits into two very disparate categories. The first is perhaps best represented by 1996’s Fargo, a low-key but brutal mix-up movie in the deepest caverns of black humour. And in the blue corner, overtly oddball comedies like Raising Arizona and The Big Lebowski have also become a Coen trademark, the visual spectacle taking a front seat and technicolour dream worlds unfolding from manic chase sequences. If you’re a disciple of either direction, this film will bowl you over. But your ranking of No Country in the Coen canon might depend on which camp you really belong to. Read the rest of this entry »

Alien vs Predator: Requiem

January 20, 2008

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OUT: NOW 

Not a title that rolls off the tongue, is it? And it’s in no way linked to classical music I can assure you. Yet the match made in hell returns and Earth is the battleground for their beef, so soak up the carnage and try not to get too attached to any of the characters… it’s not that hard. Read the rest of this entry »