Film Review: Sanctum

The phrase “inspired by true events” is enough to strike fear into the heart of even the most fair-weather of cinemagoers. Sanctum boasts just this, although filmmakers have been rather liberal with the truth. Frank manages a team of divers exploring caves in Papua New Guinea. His teenage son accompanies the team, which is financed by wealthy American Carl. When […]

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Film Review: How Do You Know

It might seem like an extended commercial for Metrobus, but How Do You Know is actually a romantic comedy. Although the comedy aspect of this pairing is debatable. Lisa, a member of the US softball team, is an upbeat 31 year old. When she is cut from the team, Lisa ponders her next step. She is dating baseball player Matty, when […]

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Film Review: Hereafter

To describe Hereafter as sentimental drivel seems a bit harsh. Nevertheless, Clint Eastwood’s latest is a film with few redeeming features. Marie Lelay is a French journalist on holiday who has a near death experience after being caught up in a tsunami on holiday. Marcus is a London schoolboy who is deeply affected by a tragedy. George Lonegan is a San […]

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Film Review: The Rebound

In all honesty, a Catherine Zeta Jones romantic comedy is not the most enticing of prospects. Even Michael Douglas might agree with this sentiment. The Rebound, nevertheless, is surprisingly funny and an enjoyable watch. Following the break up of her marriage, Sandy and her two children move to Manhattan for a fresh start. Struggling to cope with her new life […]

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Film Review: Bob le Flambeur

Jean-Pierre Melville’s little known Bob le Flambeur is a fantastic example of a well executed heist movie. Melville tempers the suspense with humour to produce a thoroughly enjoyable film. Bob Montaigné is a veteran gambler, and something of a legend figure among his peers. Although Bob is generous with his money, his losing streak has left him almost broke. When he hears about […]

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Film Review: Biutiful

Much like his character in Biutiful who has the weight of the world on his shoulders, Javier Bardem really carries the film. That is not to say that Biutiful is a bad film, merely that Bardem’s powerful performance is indispensable. Uxbal is a man with numerous responsibilities. Taking care of his two young children, Uxbal also has to contend with illness. Finding work […]

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Film Review: Neds

Neds is a coming of age drama that is both gritty and darkly humorous. But for all its outlandish moments, Neds is really a tragic tale. About to start secondary school in Glasgow in the 1970s, John McGill is a bright young boy despite a troubled home life. Initially avoiding the gang culture that surrounds him, John falls in with […]

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Film Review: Morning Glory

Morning Glory is an energetic and wonderfully upbeat movie. Director Roger Michell offers the right mix of comedy, drama and romance to make Morning Glory a highly entertaining film. Hard-working morning television producer Becky Fuller dreams of working on the Today show. When she is fired from her current role, Becky applies for jobs tirelessly. When she is given the […]

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Film Review: The Dilemma

In the alternate universe of The Dilemma, Kevin James is married to Winona Ryder. Even if you can accept this, you may not be able to endure this mess of a film. Friends since college, Nick and Ronny work together and spend time together, along with Nick’s wife Geneva and Ronny’s girlfriend Beth. When Ronny catches Geneva in a compromising position, he […]

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Film Review: Silken Skin

Having an affair rarely seems as hard work as it does in François Truffaut’s Silken Skin. The film is an entertaining drama, and possibly the best deterrent for those contemplating an extra-marital affair. Esteemed editor and lecturer Pierre Lachenay lives in Paris with his wife Franca and young daughter Sabine. Travelling to a conference in Lisbon, Pierre meets Nicole, a beautiful […]

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