Hitman: Agent 47 is a video game adaptation from up-and-coming director, Aleksander Bach. While explosive and visually stimulating, this action thriller starts with great promise and then becomes increasingly dull as we try to connect with stilted performances and insubstantial characters.
Impunity (Freedom from Punishment) is a South African outlaw romance thriller based on a story by Trish Malone and adapted to film by director Jyoti Mistry. We trace the exploits of a love-struck, ultra-violent, on-the-run couple, who are connected to the murder of a politician’s daughter, as Impunity tries to get by on titillation and experimental style.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is now a Guy Ritchie film adaptation of the cult TV series of the same name, which ran from 1964 to 1968. Ian Fleming contributed to the show’s concept by suggesting a TV-friendly version of James Bond, which became Napoleon Solo. While Solo was intended to be the main focus, Illya Kuryakin’s […]
Fantastic Four was a film with serious potential featuring:Chronicle’s exciting director, Josh Trank, accomplished screenwriters including X-Men’s Simon Kinsberg and an up-and-coming cast with Whiplash’s Miles Teller, Fruitvale Station’s Michael B. Jordan, it-girl Kate Mara, Toby “Koba” Kebbell and even that kid from Billy Elliot. When stars collide… it’s either a magical union or a black hole.
The classic sci-fi adventure, The Incredible Shrinking Man, wowed audiences in 1957 for its cutting edge blend of otherworldly proportions. Now more than 50 years later, we’re getting another little-big sci-fi adventure with a hero named Scott, which is just as spectacular and entertaining.
Thina Sobabili translated as The Two of Us is a brave, gut-wrenching and realistic drama about the exploits of a brother and sister in the Alexandra township of Johannesburg, South Africa. We’re introduced to Thulani and his sister Zanele, who become the focus of this shoestring budget production, which was self-funded and shot in the space of a […]
Ex Machina is a sci-fi thriller and drama from Dredd, Sunshine and 28 Days Later… screenwriter Alex Garland, whose directorial debut is eerie, beautiful, sparse and thought-provoking. It’s a wonderful piece of science fiction, delving into the arena of artificial intelligence with unsettling, provocative drama and keeping an air of suspense with mysterious motives and […]
Cut Bank is one of those small town ensemble crime thrillers you’d expect to be set in a snowy North American Winter. Although that would probably make it a bit too similar to films like A Simple Plan, Fargo, The Big White and Thin Ice.
After a mesmerising movie poster, a marketing stunt where Arnold Schwarzenegger pranked people at Madame Tussard’s in Hollywood and an endorsement from James Cameron that this film would be the actual third film in the series, there was much excitement and anticipation around the release of Terminator: Genisys.
While We’re Young is a film by Noah Baumbach, the writer-director who brought us The Squid and the Whale, Margot at the Wedding, Frances Ha and Greenberg, which also starred Ben Stiller. Baumbach’s got an unconventional approach, tending towards comedy dramas and the uncomfortable “dramedy” genre, delivering honest, humorous, heartfelt and meaningful films about complex people and the human condition.
San Andreas is the sort of film you’d expect from Roland Emmerich. It’s big, loaded with CGI, studded with stars and is completely over-the-top. It’s like 2012 meets True Lies, pitting spectacular disaster movie visual effects and Hollywood action against the charm of its stars in a gut-wrenching yet heartwarming tale of survival and redemption in adverse conditions.
Kurt Cobain is an icon of the ’90s. The Nirvana frontman’s music lives on… long after his alleged suicide, perpetuated by a strong cult following, conspiracy theories and his enigmatic spirit. Montage of Heck is a documentary that assimilates Cobain’s art, writing, vocal recordings and home videos into a raw, honest and intimate biographical music film.
Jurassic World is one of those movie sequel throwbacks that channels ’90s nostalgia and theme park curiosity into a weird tribute to dinosaurs. We’re living in an age where films like Sharknado have an audience, which helps explain the theme park roller-coaster ride meets Jurassic Park tribute tone of Jurassic World.
The Riot Club is an adaptation of the stage play Posh, which follows two first-year students at Oxford University, who are recruited by the infamous Riot Club, where reputations can be made or destroyed overnight.
Treurgrond is a South African film about farm murders, directed by Darryl Roodt and starring controversial pop star and actor, Steve Hofmeyr. According to the film’s website, the most frequently asked questions address its political agenda, entertainment value for non-extremists and whether it features racial discrimination. While it answers these questions as you’d expect, it’s interesting […]
A Most Violent Year is another film from J.C. Chandor, whose previous efforts Margin Call and All Is Lost have already earned him a spot as an ambitious writer-director with a melancholic disposition. It stars Oscar Isaac from the equally melancholic Inside Llewyn Davis, who finds himself similarly poised in Hollywood. Both director and star are about mood and subtlety, which […]
Mad Max: Fury Road is a piston-pumping action extravaganza from George Miller, who has reinvigorated the Mad Max franchise. To find some humourous context, the director’s previous films include Babe: Pig in the City, Happy Feet and Happy Feet Two. Mad Max: Fury Road is the antithesis… burning with rage and fuming with eye-popping visuals […]
Will Ferrell is a comedy kingpin. His over-the-top, loud, brash, incredibly manly, irreverently funny trademark comedy has become his empire, racking up a series of memorable performances and characters in the process.
Avengers: Age of Ultron follows some typical sequel procedure. There’s much more conflict. The Avengers team is put to the test by various personal demons, making them self-doubt and re-examine their priorities. The characters have grown – we get more back story to several of the characters, especially Hawkeye and Black Widow, and discover greater depth. Joss Whedon […]
“You are your own worst enemy.” While we sometimes hurt ourselves or behave unlike ourselves, it’s quite a feat for anyone to believe it was our “evil twin”. Greek mythology suggests we were all originally created with four arms, four legs and a head with two faces. Fearing our power, Zeus separated the beings to […]
Run All Night… while it sounds like a Lionel Richie song, this mobster man-on-the-run thriller deserves to be taken Harvey Keitel seriously. It definitely would’ve got more street cred with a movie title like “Sins of our Fathers”, but it does have a Die Hard affinity, which makes it a bit of an in-betweener.
Ballade vir ‘n Enkeling is an Afrikaans mystery drama based on the ’80s television series of the same name. After acclaimed author, Jacques Rynhard, goes missing, an aspiring journalist attempts to find out what became of him. As our intrepid journalist sets out on a mission to get dirt on the talented man, she uncovers […]
Fast and Furious is a film series that seems to be improving with time. You wouldn’t imagine a franchise about sexy women, fast cars and machismo would last seven outings, but Fast and Furious has aged well and keeps reinventing itself! This time, it’s personal… as Deckard Shaw seeks revenge against Dominic Toretto and his […]
Danny Collins stars Al Pacino in the titular role as an aging rock star, who decides to change his life when he discovers a 40-year old letter written to him by John Lennon. The film is written and directed by Dan Fogelman, best known as the screenwriter behind Last Vegas, The Guilt Trip and Crazy, […]
Ever since Seven Pounds, it feels as though Will Smith has lost his mojo. Once known for his natural charisma and happy-go-lucky attitude, it’s now difficult to see that x-factor and twinkle in his eye. Perhaps being contrasted with Tom Cruise changed his game plan as the exuberant Oscar-nominated actor found himself in what seems like […]
Chappie is Neill Blomkamp’s latest thought-provoking sci-fi actioner, following in the wake of Elysium and the revered District 9. Die Antwoord were blown away by District 9 and felt an immediate synergy with Blomkamp, leading the zef rappers and director to join forces. Adamant that they be themselves in the film, Chappie was born out of the idea that Ninja and Yo-landi raise a robot.
Nightcrawler is a dark and deviant crime drama thriller from Dan Gilroy that skewers news services with a compelling story about a sociopath, whose dead eye acumen and entrepreneurial spirit see him accumulate more and more power within the local news scene in Los Angeles. By covering the graveyard shift and some of the most grisly […]
Theory of Everything is a “star-crossed” romance drama and biopic about the relationship between famous physicist, Stephen Hawking, and his wife, Jane. This is a film from James Marsh, the Oscar-winning Man on Wire documentary-maker who also directed IRA thriller, Shadow Dancer. His latest film, Theory of Everything, put him in touch with the Academy […]
American Sniper is a biographical war action drama based on Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle’s four tours of duty, the pinpoint accuracy that made him a legend and the unfettered patriotism that almost derailed his family. Letters from Iwo Jima and Flags of our Fathers director, Clint Eastwood, has created a striking film with a garbled message starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller […]
Kingsman: The Secret Service is a Matthew Vaughn movie. He may sound like a dependable English cricketer, but the film-maker has made a name for himself in Hollywood on the back of producing, writing and directing films like Layer Cake, Stardust, Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class and now Kingsman: The Secret Service.