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Children will happily join Gulliver on his misadventure in Rob Letterman’s retelling of the classic Gulliver’s Travels. Unfortunately, anyone old enough to fly alone will likely wish they had stayed at home.

A long term employee as the mail man of a Manhattan Newspaper, Lemuel Gulliver (Jack Black), lazily performs his duties with little drive to climb the corporate ladder. This is until he is challenged to [...]

By on December 29, 2010

The recent string of English-language remakes continues with Jonathan Lynn’s (My Cousin Vinny, The Whole Nine Yards) British comedy Wild Target. Taking aim at the 1993 French film Cible Emouvante, a bullseye, this is not.

When Britain’s most esteemed assassin, Victor Maynard (Bill Nighy), fails to kill his (wild) target Rose (Emily Blunt), he reluctantly agrees to protect her from the men who want her dead. Caught [...]

By on November 10, 2010

Disproving theories on the inability of male multitasking, Ben Affleck skilfully acts, writes and directs The Town, a slick heist thriller that, predictability aside, successfully balances an action-driven and character-based storyline.

For Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck) living in the bank-robbing capital of the US, Charleston, heists are a way of life and a family tradition. When Doug’s quasi-brother James Coughlin (Jeremy Renner) becomes increasingly violent and ruthless [...]

By on October 17, 2010

The after-life and film have always been dangerous bedfellows.  There have been successes (The Sixth Sense, The Others) but also disappointments (The Lovely Bones, After.Life). Sadly, Zac Efron’s latest star vehicle Charlie St. Cloud, joins the list of the damned.

Charlie St. Cloud (Zac Efron) and his young admiring brother Sam (Charlie Tahan) are left to their own devices as single mother Claire (Kim Basinger, the ‘Where’s [...]

By on September 24, 2010

The Girl Who Played with Fire hasn’t the Hollywood “I’m tough, but I’m still pretty” fakery. The heroine, Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace), is brutish, burdened and justifiably bitter. She lives in a menacing world of violence, corruption and predatory men, as envisaged by the late Swedish author Stieg Larsson in his immensely popular Millennium trilogy. But with the first film in series, The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo, [...]

By on September 15, 2010

Cairo Time is a nod and a wink to women of middle age. Contesting western attitudes, the gentle and understated film reveals there are escapades, challenges, and dark exotic men to be had by women on the wrong (or let’s say greater) side of fifty. The lead female is aptly named Juliette (Patricia Clarkson), as writer director Ruba Nadda’s (Sabah: A Love Story) film summons Shakespeare’s theme of impossible love; a romance between ‘a pair of star-crossed lovers’.

By on August 20, 2010

I doubt this third instalment will disappoint fans of the genre as you get exactly what you pay for. However, as a standalone film, Step Up 3D makes a spectacular advertisement.

By on August 6, 2010
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