Film Review: Wild Card

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Hit Me

Wild Card

Those who’ve holidayed in Las Vegas will know it’s the city of bad luck (and the $9 shake at Planet Hollywood). One of its victims appears to be the screenplay adapted by tinseltown legend William Goldman from his novel Heat. The 1986 attempt with Burt Reynolds flopped and there was behind camera dissent galore; so […]

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Film Review: Run All Night

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Parting Shots 

Run All Night

The mercurial pairing of director Jaume Collet-Serra and the lumbering hulk of Liam Neeson, late of Non-Stop, is revived for Run All Night – a grimy, washed out, mobster thriller that wears its hardboiled clichés well, like a fine tailored suit. The noir sensibility and use of New York as a fully fledged character will […]

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Film Review: Focus

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Smith's Three or Four

Focus

The pleasure of grifter movies is vicarious criminality; a chance to become conjoined to that lifestyle that seduces with everything from slight of hand (fluffing childhood magic fantasies) to the elaborate long con, which in movie terms means an unreliable narrative. The film itself becomes a confidence trick. From Ocean’s Eleven to the BBC series […]

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Film Review: Run All Night

Posted on:

Parting Shots 

Run All Night

The mercurial pairing of director Jaume Collet-Serra and the lumbering hulk of Liam Neeson, late of Non-Stop, is revived for Run All Night – a grimy, washed out, mobster thriller that wears its hardboiled clichés well, like a fine tailored suit. The noir sensibility and use of New York as a fully fledged character will […]

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Film Review: Focus

Posted on:

Smith's Three or Four

Focus

The pleasure of grifter movies is vicarious criminality; a chance to become conjoined to that lifestyle that seduces with everything from slight of hand (fluffing childhood magic fantasies) to the elaborate long con, which in movie terms means an unreliable narrative. The film itself becomes a confidence trick. From Ocean’s Eleven to the BBC series […]

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Film Review: Chappie

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Urban Pacification 

Chappie

It’s a pity that Chappie plays like a sci-fi mix tape. It’s highly derivative, not just of Neil Blomkamp’s own District 9, that dropped a more fortunate citizen of Johannesburg into the ghetto then contrived to transform them into the very thing they’d once subordinated, but also old genre mainstays like Robocop and Short Circuit. […]

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Film Review: It Follows

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Behind You 

It Follows

It Follows is the best film John Carpenter never made. David Robert Mitchell, not so much a fan as an acolyte, has appropriated the old master’s predilection for slow burn suspense, a camera that assumes the character of the antagonist, in this case a malevolent shape shifting stalker that only the tagged victim can see, […]

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Film Review: The Boy Next Door

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Cougar's Run 

The Boy Next Door

Jennifer Lopez (J-Lo to her fans, Jenny from the block to her friends) serves as producer on this cuckoo in the nest thriller; playing the kind of role you’d suspect she’d taken in desperation, or to honour the demands of a blackmailer, were it not for that ominous, baffling credit. Fer-Pez plays Claire, an English […]

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Film Review: Selma

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King Maker

Selma

Biopics can be problematic affairs. They’re open to accusations of historic inaccuracy, being libelous, not being libelous enough, sanitising a life, tidying one up in the interests of simplification, and miscasting the crucial lead role. Fortunately, few of these problems befall Selma, a long overdue cinematic look at Martin Luther King’s struggle to guarantee the […]

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Film Review: Fifty Shades of Grey

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No Spankyou

FSOG

Adapting E.L. James’ 100m selling fucklit phenomenon was always going to be hard. Rock hard, you might say. Ask the women who’ve read it, using a Mein Kampf dust jacket to sheath their shame and present a literary front to the world, and they’ll tell you that its girth is attributable to long and repetitious […]

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Film Review: Jupiter Ascending

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Space Balls

JA

The return of the Wachowskis is fast becoming a matter of a grave concern, like a recurring skin condition that refuses to clear up no matter much emollient you use. Jupiter Ascending’s a baffling movie, because it seems to represent the directors’ desire to splice Highlander 2 with the Star Wars prequels and see what […]

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Film Review: The Interview

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Wrong-uns

the interview

The 1960’s Columbia logo, utilised at the commencement of The Interview for no reason, gives you hope that this could be an old school comedy; a high concept guffaw-we-like with a quotable screenplay and charming leads. In fact, Seth Rogen and James Franco’s latest fuck around masquerading as entertainment almost had a responsibility to be […]

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