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Richard Holliss  |  Oct 29, 2014  |  0 comments

After a few token appearances, mostly on television in the 1960s (The Adventures of the Terrible Ten, Wandjina Magic, The Magic Boomerang and Skippy the Bush Kangaroo), it wasn’t until the 1970s that Australian-themed drama began to make an impact with a more universal audience. Using as their premise the mystical nature of aboriginal culture and the stark landscape of the Outback, movies such as Walkabout (1971) and Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) gave birth to a whole new Antipodean fantasy film genre.

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 27, 2014  |  0 comments

When controversial but brilliant Artificial Intelligence creator Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is assassinated by anti-technology extremists, his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) manages to meld his consciousness with an A.I., keeping him alive in a computer mainframe. Or did she? Is the machine consciousness really Will? And if not, what hope does anybody have of shutting down the increasingly powerful virtual being?

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 26, 2014  |  0 comments

Set in the fictional European country of Zubrowska, Wes Anderson's latest quirky comedy relates the tale of how a lobby boy called Zero would one day end up as the multimillionaire owner of the lavish hotel of the title.

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 24, 2014  |  0 comments

This throwback horror stars Jared Harris as a college professor who gathers together a trio of students to conduct an ethically dubious study of a young woman (Olivia Cooke) who is seemingly plagued by supernatural phenomena. He intends to prove that her problems are caused by negative energy, rather than supernatural hocus-pocus; energy that can be drawn out and destroyed. And we can all guess how that is going to pan out…

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 23, 2014  |  0 comments

What's your favourite part in the story of Noah's Ark? Perhaps it's the bit where the animals go in two-by-two or when the dove returns to the Ark with an olive branch. But what about the part when Noah kills three starving men in retribution for them hunting an armadillo-dog? And how can you forget the battle with the rock giants?

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 22, 2014  |  0 comments

How do you follow up the most talked-about action flick of the past decade? For Welsh writer-director Gareth Evans the answer was simple – you dust off an old script you'd written several years ago about an undercover cop and rework it as a continuation in the adventures of rookie officer Rama (Iko Uwais).

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 21, 2014  |  0 comments

Between 1949 and 1974 Jacques Tati wrote, directed and starred in six feature films of such astonishing wit, invention and intelligence that he is often hailed as the most important comedy filmmaker of the sound era. The reasons for this are made abundantly clear by this set, which runs the gamut from Tati's celebrated Hulot tetralogy (Les Vacances de M. Hulot, Mon Oncle, PlayTime and Trafic) to his slapstick debut Jour de fête and the madcap circus of Parade.

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 20, 2014  |  0 comments

Based on real events involving an ill-fated Navy Seal mission to kill a Taliban commander in Afghanistan, Peter Berg's latest film presumably set out to tell a powerful and moving story about sacrifice and loyalty to your fellow soldiers. Unfortunately, between its mix of heavy-handed, flag-waving jingoism and action movie dynamics, it ends up feeling like nothing more than another testosterone-fuelled Hollywood actioner.

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 20, 2014  |  0 comments

As many filmmakers have discovered, horror comedies are extremely tricky things to get right. That this low-budget flick about an alcoholic cop who actually gets better at his job after becoming a werewolf gets more right than wrong is testament to both the people involved in making it and the goodwill engendered by its ridiculously fun set-up. This Blu-ray sports vibrantly coloured and pristinely rendered 1.78:1 Full HD visuals alongside a playful DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack. Engaging extras include promo videos and a 46-minute Making of… charting the film's unusual route to the bigscreen.

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 19, 2014  |  0 comments

When his best friend is killed during an illegal street race, brooding mechanic Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul) has only one thing on his mind: revenge. So Marshall borrows a retooled Ford Shelby Mustang and sets off across America to get an invite to the exclusive winner-takes-all De Leon race, where he can finally get one over the man responsible, smarmy rival racer Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper).

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 18, 2014  |  0 comments

The first in Lindsay Anderson's trio of state-of-the-nation satires starring Malcolm McDowell as Mick Travis (the others being 1973's O Lucky Man! and 1982's Britannia Hospital), If…. follows the exploits of three nonconformist pupils at the College House public school, whose disaffection eventually boils over into anarchy and violence.

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 17, 2014  |  0 comments

This belated sequel to Will Ferrell's 2004 comedy smash Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy moves the action from the mid-'70s to the early '80s as Ron (Will Ferrell) is hired to be one of the anchors on the world's first 24-hour news station. Stuck in the graveyard shift, Ron's team decides to focus on trivial but attention-grabbing newscasts and celebrity gossip, which makes them a ratings smash and changes the landscape of news reporting.

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 16, 2014  |  0 comments

The 300-year-old tale of the 47 Ronin who sought to avenge the death of their master is one of the most popular historical stories in Japanese culture, retold over and over again in countless plays, TV dramas and movies. So naturally, it was about time that Hollywood got in on the act…

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 15, 2014  |  0 comments

Following 2009's misfire Where the Wild Things Are, Spike Jonze's fourth film as director recalls his earlier work with screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (1999's Being John Malkovich and 2002's Adaptation) in its sophistication and smarts. Only here Jonze adds an extra layer of old-fashioned romance and sentiment that helps balance the more intellectual side of the movie.

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 14, 2014  |  0 comments

Presumably forgetting that it had already rebooted the Jack Ryan franchise for a new generation with 2002's excellent The Sum of All Fears, Paramount has gone and pulled the same trick again. Sadly, in the process it has transformed the character into yet another generic pretty-boy action hero.