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American Hustle [ Hits:1356 ]
Review: When David O. Russell makes a movie, people sit up and take notice. He reportedly said he hates plots and is all about characters. Well, the critically acclaimed director has managed to get Oscar-nominated performances out of his cast in his last three films.  It's no wonder he's developing a loyal following of audiences, and actors. Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees, The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook and now American Hustle may deal with some fairly contentious characters and issues, yet Rus...

Rose [ Hits:47859 ]
Review: Rose is a harrowing and gritty crime drama based on the true story of one woman's fight to save her daughter's life and her own. Set in the fictional city area of Hellville, the story unfolds as we're introduced to Rose, a prostitute whose decision to defy her pimp, Blondie, lands her in a world of pain and trouble. As she tries to protect her daughter from the scum of Hellville, she finds herself at the centre of a spiraling situation as Blondie exerts his calloused control over the neighborhoo...

Prisoners [ Hits:1302 ]
Review: Prisoners is an epic crime drama thriller from Denis Villeneuve, director of the Oscar-nominated foreign film, Incendies. The film pivots on two powerful co-lead performances from Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal with fine direction from Villeneuve. Prisoners makes a wonderful comparative character study of two men approaching the same dire situation from a subjective and objective perspective, much like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Jackman is unleashed, channeling Wolverine-style ferocity into a ...

Pain & Gain [ Hits:1410 ]
Review: Pain & Gain is a Michael Bay film. If you didn't know that, you've probably made a call on the intrinsic value of the film already. However, Pain & Gain is no ordinary Michael Bay film. This dark true crime story has been sitting in Bay's gym locker for over a decade... and he's decided to let it out. During this time, the director has developed an affinity for explosive, loud, macho and action-heavy blockbusters, most specifically Transformers. Yet, Pain & Gain demonstrates that Ba...

Kick-Ass 2 [ Hits:1417 ]
Review: Kick-Ass was unabashedly proud of its pick ‘n mix of genres and brew of violence, youth-centric flair and cult cool class – borrowing aspects from better action, crime and superhero films. Not all that much has changed in Kick-Ass 2, in fact, one of its main criticisms is that it’s more of the same. More of the same won’t really deter fans of the original. It kicked ass… and reliving much of what made it kick ass is a pleasure. Hit-Girl, played by Chloe Grace Moretz, has become ...

Now You See Me [ Hits:1543 ]
Review: Movies and magic share the art of illusion. Making you believe something's real is the end goal for both entertainment mediums, which can be a tricky balancing act in itself. Slick crime thriller Now You See Me walks this tightrope, drawing audiences in with its heady mix of intrigue and crime, in an attempt to breathe new life and excitement into an industry that desperately needs to rekindle its sparkle. The Four Horsemen, a group of magicians, join forces under mysterious circumstances. A ye...

The Place Beyond the Pines [ Hits:1365 ]
Review: The Place Beyond the Pines is a sprawling crime epic about family, fatherhood, fate and justice. Director, Derek Cianfrance, landed excellent co-lead performances from Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling in Blue Valentine and this echoes in the haunting The Place Beyond the Pines. While not as melancholic and more ambitious, this generational crime thriller has the earmarks of an American classic. At the centre of the The Place Beyond the Pines is the photograph of a young family, as a motorcycl...

Die Laaste Tango [ Hits:1655 ]
Review: Die Laaste Tango or The Last Tango is a feature film directorial debut for renowned South African thriller author, Deon Meyer. The adaptation benefits from having Meyer at the helm as writer-director as he's able to add authenticity, passion and special character insights, bringing out the best from his actors. Meyer is no stranger to crime thrillers and this story weaves together enough plot lines for two films. Die Laaste Tango follows a disgraced detective (Venter), who finds solace in the a...

Bullet to the Head [ Hits:1456 ]
Review: Bullet to the Head is a long-awaited match-up of Hollywood veterans, Walter Hill and Sylvester Stallone. Walter Hill directed Arnold Schwarzenegger in Red Heat and Bruce Willis in Last Man Standing, so it was only fitting that he complete The Expendables 2 triumvirate with Sylvester Stallone in Bullet to the Head. Stallone's had a good run of form rebooting Rocky and Rambo, with a tongue-in-cheek tribute to action men with The Expendables, which is about to become a trilogy. The Italian Stallio...

How I Spent My Summer Vacation [ Hits:2488 ]
Review: How I Spent My Summer Vacation, originally Get the Gringo, stars Mel Gibson in what has been described as an unofficial sequel to Payback. Love or hate the man, he's still got loads of moxie and star power. He may be a washed up celebrity in real-life, but Gibson is still a live-wire on screen and shows he's still got it in what should have been his acting comeback. A nameless Gibson manages to find himself in a corrupt yet liberal prison village, after getting nabbed by Mexican border patrol a...

Drive [ Hits:2789 ]
Review: Driver (played by Ryan Gosling in super-intense mode) enters an elevator with the nice girl who lives down the hall.  As he walks in he notices a big guy in the elevator who looked as if he was about to get off on their floor, before he saw that Driver and the girl were getting into the elevator.  Driver takes note of this as he walks into the elevator, and keeps the thug in his periphery as the elevator descends.  Then, in a fairytale sweep guaranteed to melt cinemagoers’ hearts, he swivel...

SUPER [ Hits:2560 ]
Review: Rainn Wilson is Frank, an ordinary guy with no superpowers who decides to kick crime in the ass. Sounds a lot like Defendor and Kick-Ass right? If this movie were a person, it'd be Kevin Bacon, which isn't surprising because there's only one degree of separation. You could say it's the Taxi Driver of superhero movies... just don't call it another Kick-Ass, mmmkay. Frank (Wilson), a burger flipper, whose smoking hot wife (Tyler) and commitment to justice are the only two things going for him... ...

London Boulevard [ Hits:3007 ]
Review: London Boulevard is the sort of movie you'd expect from a director like Guy Ritchie. It feels like it was written with Ritchie in mind - given the setting, characters and dialogue. Problem is... the element of romance and the overall lack of action. Guy Ritchie is more about intense, slick and violent British gangster movies, although the way Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey Jr. has been going... he seems to be embracing a different sort of romance, playing up the relationship between Holmes a...

Paradise Stop [ Hits:4204 ]
Review: Paradise Stop is a fun movie from the same team that brought us the hilarious South African comedy, White Wedding. This time, acting duo, Rapulana Seiphemo and Kenneth Nkosi, have banded with writer-director Jann Turner again to form the core unit behind Paradise Stop a crime comedy caper set against the backdrop of a truck stop in a sleepy little Limpopo town in South Africa. Paradise Stop, a truck stop on the northern border linking cargo-carrying 16-wheelers from South Africa to Zimbabwe is t...

The Lincoln Lawyer [ Hits:3872 ]
Review: Matthew McConaughey wants to be taken seriously. The Lincoln Lawyer can be viewed as his return to serious acting after a scourge of romantic comedy lead roles. After starring opposite Kate Hudson in the smash hit, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, it seemed that McConaughey was destined to be that guy - even trying to turn their good chemistry into a recurring partnership with Fool's Gold. This after proving his worth in films like U571, Sahara, Contact, EdTV and A Time to Kill. Thing is... McConau...

Determinism [ Hits:3480 ]
Review: Determinism (determinismthemovie.com) is the second feature-length film of identical twin brothers, Sanjit and Ranju Majumdar. The brothers were born in Queens, after their parents immigrated from South Asia, and they started making films in high school at the age of 16. After their first film, An Optimistic Perspective, premiered at the Lake Placid Film Festival in 2004, it wasn't long before they started work on their second, Determinism. The gritty, film noir-inspired, guerilla style crime st...

The Next Three Days [ Hits:3580 ]
Review: Breaking out of prison is never easy, unless you're one of the Beagle boys or a young Sean Connery. It's a meticulous process of timing, planning, training, testing and presence of mind as demonstrated by Wentworth Miller in Prison Break. He was motivated by his brother's wrongful imprisonment, determined to reverse the cogs of justice and work the system in his favour. Full body tattoos are one way of getting your brother out of the clinker, but there's another way... a more sensible blueprint ...

The Town [ Hits:3283 ]
Review: Since Hollywoodland, he's has been on the comeback trail. Although, it's not that difficult when you're following up roles as a blind superhero in Daredevil and Jennifer Lopez's play thing in Gigli. This is the life of Ben Affleck, whose career has been peppered with the good, the bad and the ugly. These days, it's as if Affleck has sprouted a halo and angel wings because he can do no wrong! Probably just jinxed him, but Affleck has turned on the talent instead of the schmarmy charms echoing a s...

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest [ Hits:2871 ]
Review: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest is the third chapter in the Millennium series: after The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire. Stieg Larsson's adapted film trilogy has held a good consistency under Yellow Bird Productions with each part filmed within the same year much like a mini-series. The difference being that this series has been blocked off in sections denoting each book and the saga of Lisbeth Salander has been cemented by a career-defining performance by No...

The Girl Who Played with Fire [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3141 ]
Review: The Girl Who Played with Fire is the second chapter in the infamous Millennium series: after The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and serves as a bridge to The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. Stieg Larsson's trilogy has received considerable publicity given the nature of the crime novel and speculation over Larsson's death shortly after delivering the manuscripts for publication. The Swedish film adaptations were well-received and have finally been given an international reception, bolstered by th...

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