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Anton van Beek  |  Aug 02, 2017  |  0 comments

From the Avengers to Transformers, Jedi Knights to the Knights of the Round Table, it often feels like every other film Hollywood puts out is either part of an established franchise or the first step in trying to create a brand-new one. But if you think this focus on sequels, spin-offs and shared universes is a fairly recent phenomenon, think again.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 01, 2017  |  0 comments

For his fourth film as director, Ben Affleck has returned to where he started with an adaption of another Dennis Lehane novel. Sadly, unlike that superb first effort (2007's Gone Baby Gone), this Prohibition-era gangster film is an oddly flat and lifeless affair that is primarily undone by Affleck's choice of leading man – himself.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 31, 2017  |  0 comments

– 'Hey Johnny, what're you rebelling against?' – 'Whadda ya got?'

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 30, 2017  |  0 comments

A melting pot of mythology, romance, tragedy, social commentary and comedy, this 1991 film stars Jeff Bridges as cynical New York City radio shock-jock Jack Lucas, whose life falls apart when an unstable listener takes his latest hate-filled rant to heart and goes on a killing spree.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 29, 2017  |  0 comments

In the quarter of a century since Suzuki Koji's horror novel Ring was first published his story has spread as rapidly as the tale's cursed videotape. From film and TV adaptations to a multitude of sequels and even a crossover with the similarly long-haired ghoul from The Grudge, Koji's story keeps being reinvented for new audiences.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 28, 2017  |  0 comments

While foiling yet another of the villain's schemes to destroy Gotham City, Batman (Will Arnett) adds insult to injury by telling the Joker (Zach Galifianakis) that he isn't his greatest foe; the Caped Crusader prefers to promiscuously 'fight around'. Outraged by Batman's unwillingness to acknowledge the huge role he plays in his life, Joker plots his revenge.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 27, 2017  |  0 comments

Given that Fifty Shades of Grey ended with Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) dumping billionaire playboy Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) due to his fondness for inflicting pain in the bedroom, you might expect this sequel to be all about getting the pair back together. As it happens, Fifty Shades Darker wastes little time reuniting the couple, setting the scene for yet another romantic melodrama punctuated by a series of rose-tinted romps.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 26, 2017  |  0 comments

Following the box office success of 1978's Snake in the Eagle's Shadow, director Yuen Woo-ping and star Jackie Chan immediately set about producing a second film together. And while it followed a very similar formula, Drunken Master (released later the same year) proved to be an even more accomplished blend of action and comedy.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 26, 2017  |  0 comments

Hot on the heels of the excellent Deepwater Horizon comes another true-life thriller from director Peter Berg and actor/producer Mark Wahlberg. This time around the focus is the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the subsequent manhunt for the two perpetrators of the incident.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 25, 2017  |  0 comments

Sleepwalking during her first night at a boarding school in the 'Swiss Transylvania', American student Jennifer Corvino (Jennifer Connelly) witnesses the brutal murder of another girl. Fleeing the scene, she eventually ends up at the home of local forensic entomologist John McGregor (Donald Pleasance) and his chimpanzee attendant, Inga. Learning of her unique ability to telepathically communicate with insects, John asks Jennifer to use her unusual talent to help him catch the psychopath who has been butchering girls at the school.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 24, 2017  |  0 comments

When Augustus Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson) is killed by a crashing satellite, the powers that be realise that there's only one man who can save the day: extreme-sportsman-turned-secret-agent Xander Cage (Vin Diesel). Trouble is, as anyone who saw The Final Chapter: The Death of Xander Cage short film that appeared on the xXx: Director's Cut DVD knows, Cage is dead… isn't he?

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 23, 2017  |  0 comments

Suffering from shock and amnesia following a car crash on Mulholland Drive, a dark-haired woman (Laura Harring) takes refuge in a nearby apartment. Calling herself Rita, she befriends Betty (Naomi Watts), an aspiring actress who has just moved to Hollywood. Together they set about finding out who Rita really is and why she has a bag full of cash.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 22, 2017  |  0 comments

More than 2,300 years old and running some 13,000 miles in length at its prime, The Great Wall of China was – as everyone knows – built to protect the country from invasions by nomadic tribes and bloodthirsty alien space lizards. Wait… What?

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 21, 2017  |  0 comments

After a spate of mysterious deaths in his home town, 13-year-old Mike (Michael Baldwin) becomes convinced that strange things are afoot at the local mausoleum. With the aid of his older brother Jody (Bill Thornbury) and friendly ice-cream seller Reggie (Reggie Bannister), Mike discovers that a mysterious undertaker he dubs the Tall Man (Angus Scrimm) is robbing graves and transforming the corpses into an army of murderous dwarfs. So begins a decades-spanning battle for the fate of our planet…

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 20, 2017  |  0 comments

Having demonstrated a flair for rhythm-based cinema with 2014's Whiplash, writer-director Damien Chazelle took it a step further with this fully-fledged 21st century Hollywood musical. What emerged was a slice of cinematic spectacle that wowed critics, audiences and award-givers with its mix of romance and nostalgia.