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The road to happiness is not an easy one. In the new comedy Horrible Bosses from director Seth Gordon (Four Holidays), three friends find that their respectively unbearable bosses are huge obstacles on that road. They have a simple solution. Murder their bosses. What could go wrong?

The answer, of course, is everything.

The film follows three initially separate story lines. Jason Bateman (Paul) is Nick Hendricks, a corporate salary man who [...]

By on August 24, 2011

The war correspondent is given pride of place as the unsung hero of modern warfare in Renny Harlin’s 5 Days of War, a fictionalised drama set during the 2008 war between Russia and Georgia. Aiming to entertain as much as edify, Harlin (Die Hard 2) follows the example Paul Greengrass’ Green Zone and Edward Zwick’s Blood Diamond by using Hollywood heroism to shed damming, albeit biased, light on a contemporary conflict.

From [...]

By on July 19, 2011

Sucker Punch is the latest feature film from director Zack Snyder of 300 and Watchmen fame. Unlike those comic book adaptations, Snyder not only directs here, but also developed the original story and co-wrote the screenplay with the relatively unknown Steve Shibuya. This meant Snyder had extensive freedom to envisage the kind of narrative and visual style he wanted for the movie, but without the kind of strong existing [...]

By on April 10, 2011

X-Men had it all. Mutants. Psychics. Personal rivalries. It dealt with themes of identity, racism and relationships. Oh and it had giant robots too!

The X-Men have always been one of the most iconic and popular of the superhero comics, and their transition to the movies was an unlikely success, helped by excellent casting and a serious treatment of the material. The first couple of movie adaptations by director Bryan Singer [...]

By on February 24, 2011

While Avatar fades into the rear view mirror and a possible Avatar 2 still remains a long ways off yet, James Cameron has in the meantime been actively involved in producing the visually spectacular survival thriller Sanctum. Directed by Australian Alister Grierson (Kokoda), Sanctum is inspired by the story of Australian cave diver Andrew Wight, a documentary filmmaker known for his underwater explorations who co-wrote the [...]

By on February 2, 2011

Like many cartoons from the golden age of animation, Hanna-Barbera’s Yogi Bear had a simple TV-friendly premise: a talking brown bear named Yogi and his reluctant companion Boo Boo endeavour to steal picnic baskets in the wilderness reserve of Jellystone Park — a riff on America’s famous Yellowstone Park — while the irritable Ranger Smith tries to stop them. The inevitable big screen adaptation, directed by Eric Brevig [...]

By on January 13, 2011

The Fighter is a boxing drama in the tradition of Rocky, straightforward and predictable in its concept and narrative, but deftly executed, finely acted and surprisingly heart-warming.

Directed by David O. Russell (I Heart Huckabees, Three Kings), and written by Paul Tamasey, Scott Silver and Eric Johnson, The Fighter is based on the true story of American boxer Micky ‘Irish’ Ward. It’s a family drama, and at [...]

By on December 31, 2010

Where did you go Mel Gibson? You were so crazy cool in the Lethal Weapon films. You had your hard-boiled characters of vengeful action in Payback and Ransom. You delivered memorable moments of heroic leadership in epics Braveheart and The Patriot. Where are you now? With your hand up a beaver puppet begging for a second chance, that’s where.

Despite everything, is there a chance – even just a [...]

By on December 18, 2010
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