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Hitchcock’s classic suspense thriller Strangers on a Train has inspired a host of lesser movies and Canadian thriller Kill for Me clearly owes it a debt too. Katie Cassidy’s Amanda is the story’s innocent dupe, a college student who quickly … Continue reading
Baz Luhrmann’s much-hyped adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is everything you’d expect: brash, glitzy and bursting with the director’s trademark razzle-dazzle. If Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age classic is the Great American Novel, then this frantically jazzed-up 3D film … Continue reading
With its story of a scrappy teenage boy aiding a fugitive on the Mississippi River, writer-director Jeff Nichols’ beguiling coming-of-age adventure Mud can’t help but evoke that great American classic Huckleberry Finn. The setting, though, is the present-day Arkansas Delta … Continue reading
Film review | Deadfall – Eric Bana is the bad guy with a gun in a whiteout thriller with a nifty noir vibe
A B-movie with an A-list cast, crime thriller Deadfall sets its plot in motion with some bracing shocks in its first few minutes. Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde’s incestuously close brother-and-sister crooks, Addison and Liza, are fleeing from a casino … Continue reading
JJ Abrams hits warp speed right from the start of Star Trek Into Darkness, the sequel to his cracking 2009 reboot of the classic sci-fi series, kicking off the movie with a breathtaking sequence that combines breakneck thrills, deadpan comedy … Continue reading
Film review | Quartet – Maggie Smith & Tom Courtenay access all arias in Hoffman’s cosy comedy-drama
Dustin Hoffman makes his film-directing debut with heart-warming ensemble comedy-drama Quartet – and it’s no surprise that he should get the best from a classy line-up of veteran British stars led by Maggie Smith and Tom Courtenay. Based on the … Continue reading
DVD review | Life of Pi – Beauty and the Beast: Ang Lee’s dazzling fable of boy adrift with hungry tiger
Putting Yann Martel’s bestselling 2001 novel Life of Pi on screen seemed an impossible task, but it’s one that director Ang Lee pulls off spectacularly with this awesome adventure tale of shipwreck and survival. The story’s resilient young hero, Pi … Continue reading
Film review | Iron Man 3 – Third time’s a charm as Downey Jr’s Tony Stark turns up the superhero snark
Robert Downey Jr is back for his third solo outing as billionaire inventor Tony Stark, aka metal-suit wearing superhero Iron Man, and he’s in splendidly sardonic, wisecracking form. Joss Whedon gave Downey plenty of knockout zingers in last summer’s Avengers … Continue reading