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Sabotage [ Hits:47893 ]
Review: It's funny how some movie titles seem to become self-fulfilling prophecies, allowing their overriding meaning to seep into the film. On the surface, Sabotage is a dark, trashy and intense Arnold Schwarzenegger action thriller with a couple of name stars thrown in for good measure. However, as it builds to a crescendo, it seems as though it's actually working to sabotage itself. The story follows a special DEA operations task team, who penetrate a drug cartel's lair ...

Rose [ Hits:47892 ]
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...

Hercules [ Hits:24110 ]
Review: Hercules has been doing the rounds this year with three films including: Hercules Reborn, The Legend of Hercules and now Hercules starring the top-grossing actor of 2013, Dwayne Johnson. Of the three, Hercules, is head and shoulders above the rest and we're not just talking about Johnson's physique. Although to be fair, it wasn't going to be a task based on the quality of the other two. The film's enjoyment depends largely on your expectations going in. This isn't an attempt at recreating an ep...

Undead or Alive [ 2007 ] [ Hits:19011 ]
Review: The recent success of mainstream movies like Shaun of the Dead has sparked a zombie revival. However, the much talked about “zombedy” has to strike a fine balance in order to be taken seriously by zombie movie fans. Undead or Alive seems to tick most check boxes on the zombie side of things, but doesn’t really have much ammo when it comes to comedy as two cowboys become partners, only to discover that they’re being pursued by zombies infected with Geronimo’s curse. Chris Kattan from Sa...

The Deaths of Ian Stone [ 2007 ] [ Hits:18485 ]
Review: The Deaths of Ian Stone is a horror/thriller that is best described as a blend of Groundhog Day, The Butterfly Effect and Highlander. Ian Stone’s life is a recurring nightmare. Every day he dies at the blade of a dark evil force, which is intent on draining his identity one life at a time. The film’s concept is similar to that of Groundhog Day in its cyclical narrative. This story-telling device is dark, and has stylistic elements similar to The Butterfly Effect thanks to Stan Winston’s sp...

Australia [ 2008 ] [ Hits:18377 ]
Review: Australia is a Baz Luhrmann film of epic proportions. Not only is it 165 minutes long, but it follows in the slipstream of other classic titles such as Gone with the Wind. Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman headline the cast in their native country and are supported by fellow Australian, David Wenham. The movie’s sweeping shots of Australia are glorious, and add to the grand Western feel of the Outback. Luhrmann’s colourful costumes and youthful zest from Romeo & Juliet, Strictly Ballroom and Mo...

Jack Reacher [ Hits:18161 ]
Review: Tom Cruise is Jack Reacher, in the adaptation of One Shot, a novel by Lee Child, in which ex-military hero, Jack Reacher, becomes the lead investigator in a multiple shooting homicide after the prime suspect of an "open and shut" case calls for the drifter by name. Tom Cruise has played Ethan Hunt several times in Mission Impossible, had a convincing turn as a contract killer in Collateral and has a history of strong performances in military dramas, A Few Good Men and Born on the Fourth of Ju...

Unknown [ Hits:18122 ]
Review: According to a 2008 IOL article, identity theft could be costing South African individuals and firms more than R1 billion a year. Scam artists have even begun to register assumed identities as deceased in order to make a claim on their life insurance or estates. That's what makes Unknown so fascinating and possible as Dr. Martin Harris finds out what it's like to slip off the grid. Imagine waking up after a car accident to find that your life has been upended without a trace of your former life....

What If [ Hits:16721 ]
Review: Without the Harry Potter thing, Daniel Radcliffe is a pretty ordinary guy, something we tend to lose sight of when it comes to watching him in just about anything post-2011. He's always been a bit of a cold fish, stubbornly determined yet tempered by his British-ness. Imagining him in a quirky Canadian comedy romance would have been a joke in itself a few years back, but it's now a surprising reality in What If. This offbeat comedy turned romance, originally dubbed The F Word, follows a medical...

Rainbow Skellums [ 2009 ] [ Hits:13213 ]
Review: Rainbow Skellums is the latest candid camera phenomenon to hit South Africa, produced, written and directed by Andre Scholtz (Panic Mechanic) and starring Louw Venter (T.M.A.S), Kevin Ehrenreich and Alexa Strachan. Leon Schuster is the Godfather of candid comedy in South Africa with his off-the-cuff, on-the-spot and distinctly South African disguise comedy, which is all about reeling the target in and catching the big one. Schuster's You Must Be Joking and Panic Mechanic eptiomise this brand of ...