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Anton van Beek  |  Dec 19, 2015  |  0 comments

In the best instalment yet in the supernatural fright franchise from the people behind the Saw movies, psychic medium Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) comes out of self-imposed retirement to help a bedridden young girl battle the ghosts that are plaguing her.

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 18, 2015  |  0 comments

One of the biggest disappointments of Disney's buy-out of Lucasfilm came with the cancellation of the excellent Clone Wars cartoon. Thankfully, rather than wave goodbye to exec producer Dave Filoni and the animation team he put together, Disney enlisted them to create a new animated series designed to mine the extended gap between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 16, 2015  |  0 comments

While Joss Whedon's 2012 smash Avengers Assemble remains one of the crown jewels (or should that be Infinity Stones?) of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, his blockbuster sequel is unlikely to be so fondly remembered by fans.

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 15, 2015  |  0 comments

After all this time you'd be forgiven for thinking that AMC's popular horror series would have run out of ways to variously excite and torture its fans. Well, you'd be dead wrong. This fifth season finds The Walking Dead at its best, pushing its characters (and audience) to the very limits of their endurance, before twisting everything around and offering the prospect of a real transformation for the show – one that would shift the focus of the drama away from mere survival and onto something much larger and more complex.

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 14, 2015  |  0 comments

Located in an alternate dimension, the sci-fi city of Tomorrowland is a haven for inventors and dreamers; a technological wonderland founded by Gustave Eiffel, Jules Verne, Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison. It's a place where genius can be unleashed for the betterment of all mankind, without interference from governments or big business. Or at least, that was the plan…

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 13, 2015  |  0 comments

The day before he becomes a teenager, 12-year-old Oscari (Onni Tommila) is sent off into the Finnish woods with a bow and arrow in order to prove himself a man. Despite being barely able to pull back the string on his weapon, Oscari dreams of bagging a bear just like his father once did. Instead, he finds himself having to help save beleaguered President of the United States (Samuel L. Jackson) when Air Force One is downed by terrorists.

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 12, 2015  |  0 comments

When California is devastated by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake, Los Angeles Air Rescue pilot Ray Gaines (Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson) and his ex-wife Emma (Carla Gugino) set out to find their daughter Blake (Alexandra Daddario) in the ruins of San Francisco.

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 11, 2015  |  0 comments

Cited by many as the first film to feature running zombies, Umberto Lenzi's absolutely bonkers 1980 Italian-Spanish splatter flick (known in the U.S. as City of the Walking Dead) finds a city overrun with pizza-faced blood-drinking ghouls in the wake of an accident at a nuclear power station.

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 10, 2015  |  0 comments

Struck by lightning and doused with unknown radiation when an advanced particle accelerator malfunctions, crime scene investigator Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) discovers he has gained the ability to move at superhuman speeds. With the aid of a trio of science boffins from S.T.A.R. Labs, Allen transforms himself into the Flash and sets about stopping those other 'metahumans' who were transformed by the same radiation wave and are using their superpowers to criminal ends.

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 09, 2015  |  0 comments

Carol Reed's celebrated 1949 British noir stars Joseph Cotten as Holly Martins, a pulp novelist who accepts a job offer in post-war Vienna from childhood friend Harry Lime (Orson Welles) – only to learn on his arrival that Lime has been killed in a traffic accident. Unconvinced by the story he's told by the local military police, Martins teams up with Lime's girlfriend Anna (Alida Vali) in an attempt to uncover the identity of the mysterious 'third man' seen at the site of the accident and find out what really happened to his old chum.

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 08, 2015  |  0 comments

Jason Statham tries his hand at some 'Capital-A' acting playing Nick Wild, a Las Vegas bodyguard and recovering gambling addict who sets out to help an old girlfriend (Dominik Garcia-Lorido) after she's assaulted by sadistic mobster (Milo Ventimiglia).

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 07, 2015  |  0 comments

Former lawman Wyatt Earp (Henry Fonda) takes up the mantle of sheriff in the town of Tombstone in an effort to bring his youngest brother's killers to justice. Along the way he strikes up an unlikely friendship with Doc Holliday (Victor Mature), the gambler who runs the town, and falls in love with Clementine (Cathy Downs), one of Doc's former girlfriends who has come looking for him.

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 06, 2015  |  0 comments

The original Pitch Perfect was one of 2012's biggest cinematic surprises, balancing its toe-tapping a cappella numbers with plenty of acerbic humour.

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 05, 2015  |  0 comments

Following a car crash that leaves his daughter Christiane (Edith Scob) facially disfigured, obsessive plastic surgeon Dr. Genessier (Pierre Brasseur) gets his assistant Louise (Alida Valli) to lure unwitting young women to his secluded chateau in order to use them as a source of skin grafts.

Anton van Beek & Steve May  |  Dec 04, 2015  |  0 comments

With all of the world-building taken care of in last year's slightly creaky Divergent, this 'Young Adult' sci-fi sequel can get down to the business of driving the narrative forward while exploring the characters in even greater detail.