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  • Side by Side

    Side by Side

    ★★★★

    An interesting insight into the Film vs Digital debate featuring a host of film-makers falling on their side of the fence.

  • Wake in Fright

    Wake in Fright

    ★★★★½

    A cult classic that was almost lost to us, is very worthy of it's acclaim. Canadian director Ted Kotcheff (First Blood) displays the Australian outback as nightmarish and full of savages. Playing on themes of lost identity and male savagery it would be apt to describe this as horror, with some genuinely shocking imagery and a pervasive darkness that is hard to shake after the credits roll. This is true '70's gem.

  • Arbitrage

    Arbitrage

    ★★★★

    A well crafted and riveting thriller!

  • Silver Linings Playbook

    Silver Linings Playbook

    ★★★★

    David O. Russell injects the Hollywood Rom-Com with a shot of life and a propulsive and manic rhythm that befits its subject matter with a wonderfully dysfunctional cast of characters which makes for a highly entertaining, yet sensitive examination of mental illness and its many incarnations. Knockout performances all-round including De Niro and Weaver in fine form, Bradley Cooper inhabiting his role but crowning the affair is the ever-brilliant Jennifer Lawrence. Highly recommended!

  • The Impossible

    The Impossible

    ★★★★

    Juan Antonia Bayona makes a big stride in his directorial career after his impressive debut 'The Orphanage' with a disaster film that should teach many lessons to Roland Emmerich and his breed of trashy spectacles. Here is a film that although delivers the melodrama in spades, also delivers emotionally (I was a blubbering mess throughout). Visually spectacular is the portrayal of the Tsunami and the havoc it wreaks, and while there is not much to the plot except for the…

  • Life of Pi

    Life of Pi

    ★★★★★

    There is a magicians touch to Ang Lee's vision here that many would not have expected of an ''unfilmable novel'', it is a film that wields a power which can be many things to different people. There is a level of spirituality that is open enough for anyone to come at from their own faith or experience that is never overtly preachy, but instead adds a layer of depth to what is on screen. Whether it be the sweet and…

  • Zero Dark Thirty

    Zero Dark Thirty

    ★★★★★

    Kathryn Bigelow knocks it out of the park once again with this astonishing and intense film detailing the search for Osama Bin Laden that led to his assasination in 2011. The level of detail and realism in this film is admirable and the climax is 'edge of your seat' stuff. Bigelow does not play down the questionable methods used to reach the final outcome, but instead lets the amazing Jessica Chastain bear the heavy load. Flag-waving is not this pictures intent, rather the question of 'Was it worth it?' and 'What next?'. This is most certainly and important cinematic work.

  • Flash Gordon

    Flash Gordon

    ★★★★½

    My favourite guilty pleasure of all time. I have been watching it regularly since 1980 when my dad bought me a brand new VHS copy when I was a wee child. One of the greatest soundtracks ever!