Bridge Of Spies

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By now, a film directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks can be seen as something altogether very familiar. So comfortable are the two together that their chemistry can be taken for granted, and yet here we are with a Cold War thriller that marks another fine effort for both director and actor. Continue reading “Bridge Of Spies”

Sicario

Director: Denis Villeneuve
Starring: Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro & Josh Brolin
Synopsis: An idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by a government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the US and Mexico.
Rating: 15 Duration: 121 minutes Release date: 1 February (UK)

Director Denis Villeneuve is certainly one on the proverbial one to watch list. His films already include Prisoners & Enemy and will soon include the much-anticipated Blade Runner sequel, but here and now we have Sicario. His tale of an FBI agent (Emily Blunt) who gets thrown into a case she’d wish she hadn’t had volunteered for is full of tension and suspense, and results in the kind of intelligent thriller that one wished Hollywood would make more of. Continue reading “Sicario”

Last Shift

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Director: Anthony DiBlasi
Starring: Juliana Harkavy, Joshua Mikel & J. LaRose
Synopsis: A rookie cops first shift in the last night of a closing police station alone turns into a living nightmare.
Rating: 15 Duration: 85 minutes Release date: 18 January (UK)

Director Anthony DiBlasi’s latest film; Last Shift is hardly unique and comparisons have labelled it as a supernatural Assault on Precinct 13, but taken for what it is Last Shift is a compelling indie horror film that works far more than it should. Continue reading “Last Shift”

Bad Bromance

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Directors: Andrew Mogel & Jarrad Paul
Starring: Jack Black, James Marsden & Kathryn Hahn
Synopsis: The head of a high school reunion committee travels to Los Angeles to track down the most popular guy from his graduating class and convince him to go to the reunion.
Rating: 15 Duration: 101 minutes Release date: 18 January (UK)

Somewhere in between the casual sex, drugs and uncomfortable humour of Bad Bromance, a good film is lurking. Saddled with a poor story and a script that bounces around from mildly funny to embarrassing, Jack Black and James Marsden are given the unenviable task of making this entertaining. Continue reading “Bad Bromance”

The ABCs Of Death

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Horror anthology The ABCs of Death is a unique experiment where 26 horror directors each take a letter of the alphabet and direct a segment around the same theme; death. The result is undoubtedly mixed and the various directors range from known to complete unknown. Continue reading “The ABCs Of Death”