• Film Review: Leatherface

    Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury’s Leatherface certainly offers the gore viewers may expect. However, the film fails to match the terror of its progenitor. Young Jed Sawyer is taken away […]

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  • Film Review: Persona

    Ingmar Bergman’s 1966 classic Persona has an ageless quality. The film offers a mystery which will intrigue viewers throughout. Nurse Alma is tasked with looking after Elisabet, an actress who […]

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  • Previews: Dark River Poster, Oceans 8, More!

    Plenty in this pre-Christmas preview of coming events, including the new Dark River poster, Gringo, Oceans 8, and more… Dark River Poster Here is the new Dark River poster. The […]

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  • Film Review: The Binding

    Gus Krieger’s The Binding is a decent thriller. The film loses momentum at times, but is engaging for the most part and offers nervy finale. With a young baby, Sarah […]

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  • Film Review: The Unseen

    Writer-director Gary Sinyor’s The Unseen works well to build atmosphere for the first two thirds, but is let down by a risible final act. Gemma and Will are struggling to […]

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  • Film Review: Anna

    Michael Crum’s low-budget horror Anna lacks the scares which would make a decent genre film. Two friends decide to steal a doll from a paranormal museum, hoping to capture its supernatural […]

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  • Film Review: Edgar Allan Poe’s Lighthouse Keeper

    Edgar Allan Poe’s Lighthouse Keeper has some good chilling moments, although the atmosphere is not sustained throughout. A man wakes up on a remote peninsula, not remembering his name or […]

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  • Previews: Peter Rabbit Featurette, Ferdinand, More!

    Lots to see in this week’s preview of coming attractions, including a new Peter Rabbit featurette, Ferdinand, Smallfoot, and more… Peter Rabbit Featurette This Peter Rabbit featurette wisely introduces the wider […]

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  • Film Review: Lost in Paris

    Fiona Gordon and Dominique Abel’s Lost in Paris is a delightfully offbeat comedy. Fans of the duo will know what to expect, and others will be pleasantly surprised. Fiona visits Paris […]

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  • Film Review: The Big Sick

    The Big Sick is one of the year’s best films. Michael Showalter’s romcom is very humorous and genuinely heartfelt. Pakistan-born comedian Kumail and student Emily fall in love, but he […]

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Film Review: The Tourist

The Tourist is not a good movie. What it promises with its attractive cast and glamorous locations, it fails to deliver with ludicrous plotting and a lack of suspense when it is really needed. Frank, an American tourist, meets the beautiful Elise while on a train to Venice. She encourages Frank to spend time with her, but little does he […]

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Film Review: Megamind

There has been an abundance of well-executed animated features in 2010; Megamind is just the latest of these. Although the film is enjoyable and has wide appeal, it may suffer from being released so soon after Despicable Me, as the two films share some striking similarities. Super villain Megamind has a rivalry with his nemesis Metro Man which stretches all […]

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Film Review: London Boulevard

If Richard Curtis made gangster movies, they would probably be a bit like London Boulevard. The film reeks of artificiality, and the main characters are less than engaging. Just released from prison, Mitchell intends to go straight after receiving a job offer from a reclusive but beautiful female celebrity. His friends have other things in mind, however. Mitchell is reluctantly […]

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Film Review: The Next Three Days

Dodge the numerous plot holes and The Next Three Days is an enjoyable enough thriller. Concentrate on them, however, and the film really starts to unravel. Lara and John are happily married and have a young son, Luke. When Lara is accused of murder, their whole world turns upside down. Trying to juggle looking after Luke and fighting for Lara’s […]

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Film Review: Monsters

Monsters’ 94 minutes feels about three times as long in this science fiction drama. Devoid of any real sense of threat, the film is not engaging in the least, opting for shallow symbolism and ample screen time for two of the most boring protagonists imaginable. Six years after a probe carrying samples of alien life crash landed in Mexico, have […]

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Film Review: Machete

Gloriously violent and at times hilarious, Machete is unabashedly good fun. The only thing that lets the film down is its political angle, which feels out of place in a movie such as this. Machete, a former Federale agent, is hired to assassinate a US senator. When things don’t go according to plan, Machete embarks on a revenge mission, enlisting […]

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Film Review: Leap Year

In a year brimming with bleak films, Leap Year may just be the bleakest of them all. The film effectively builds tension, but feels unsatisfying in its exploration of the protagonist. Laura lives a very solitary existence in her Mexican apartment. She lies to her others, inventing friendships that do not exist. After a string of one-night stands that lead nowhere, Laura […]

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