“Apes will rise” stresses the film’s marketing campaign, presumably since a title like Rise of the Planet of the Apes is just too darn ambiguous in a post-Snakes on a Plane world to decipher. And rise the apes do — eventually. Because we can’t have apes rising all willy-nilly, now can we? They’ve got to be provoked. They’ve got to earn it. So, in order to get to the promised [...]

By on August 5, 2011

For once, the trailer for a new comedy — in this case David Gordon Green’s medieval mockery Your Highness — didn’t spoil the best bits. Unfortunately, that’s because there aren’t any.

In a series of firsts, Your Highness isn’t just the first stoner comedy to exist without Seth Rogen, it might also be the first stoner comedy to exist without any comedy. With its unparalleled number of phallic references (I’m reluctant [...]

By on May 10, 2011

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To celebrate the release of Your Highness, the new medieval comedy starring Danny McBride and Natalie Portman, Universal Pictures and Cut Print Review are giving ten lucky readers the chance to win a double pass to see the movie when it arrives in cinemas May 12.

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Official Synopsis:

Throughout history, [...]

By on May 6, 2011

In a time where trousers and ties are preferred skinny, and thick-rimmed glasses should be embraced (not mocked, please), and every self-respecting hipster proudly holds a Moleskine and a Penguin Classic in their bag, it seems almost puzzling that there isn’t already a slew of films centering around the so-called “Beat Generation”. Suit-wearing, bespectacled, disillusioned and intellectual, the Beats of 1950s America almost serve as a template to any Gen-Y [...]

By on March 31, 2011

Unless you’ve been stuck beneath a rock for the last couple of weeks (pun intended), chances are you would have heard or read critics and audiences alike raving about the incredible performance given by James Franco in 127 Hours, Danny Boyle’s follow up to the Academy Award winning Slumdog Millionaire. And those raves are right on the mark.

By on February 13, 2011

Is it unfair to criticise a film based on a true story for being too predictable? Probably, but that’s what I’m about to do: 127 Hours, although superbly performed and visually inventive, is too predictable.

“Hold up…” I hear you retort. “Does that mean you didn’t enjoy Titanic because you knew the boat sinks?  Or found The King’s Speech disappointing because you knew he’d eventually deliver a big speech?”

Not at all. [...]

By on February 9, 2011
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