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The Cave of Forgotten Dreams movie review: eerily beautiful

The Cave of Forgotten Dreams movie review: eerily beautiful

The title might sound a mite pretentious, but watch documentary filmmaker Werner Herzog’s The Cave of Forgotten Dreams and you’re likely to emerge entirely convinced of the veracity of those words. Herzog landed one hell of a find: access to a cave  in Southern France decorated with remarkably well preserved 32,000 year-old drawings. The Chauvet […]

Fright Night movie review: regurgitated blood sucking cinema

Fright Night movie review: regurgitated blood sucking cinema

Lars and the Real Girl director Craig Gillespie revisits the blood and garlic splattered territory of Fright Night, a fun mid-80′s vampire flick about a teenage boy whose life is turned upside down when a blood sucker moves in next door and nobody believes him. The story has been shifted to Las Vegas, a perfect, […]

Red State movie review: Kevin Smith breaks bad

Red State movie review: Kevin Smith breaks bad

“God hates fags, God hates fag enablers; therefore God hates Kevin Smith.” — a Westboro Baptist Church spokesperson. Defying audience expectations in a manner as bold and brazen as Quentin Tarantino calling “cut” on a syrupy Hollywood rom-com or Michael Bay producing a quirky indie drama, writer/director/cranky airline commuter Kevin Smith – who is best […]

Classic or clunker? Dusting off Beneath the Planet of the Apes

Classic or clunker? Dusting off Beneath the Planet of the Apes

It’s true in cinema, as it is in real life: sometimes we look back through the haze of nostalgia and remember things to be better than they actually were. Conversely, sometimes we look back and — jaded by age, muddled by circumstance, or justified by something as simple as “not in the mood” — we […]

The Green Hornet movie review: not much sting, but it flies

The Green Hornet movie review: not much sting, but it flies

Superhero movies have a way of sucking the credibility out of Hollywood actors – even those who didn’t have much to begin with. Brandon Routh’s career stocks plummeted after donning the undies-outside-your-pants-look in the dreadful Superman Returns (2006). Billy Zane is still red in the face from squeezing into the purple suit in The Phantom […]

The Dilemma movie review: easily resolved (avoid)

The Dilemma movie review: easily resolved (avoid)

The real dilemma in watching Ron Howard’s new movie is not the one the characters mull over – whether a man should tell his best buddy that his wife is having an affair, which is obviously YES – but rather what to make of this noodle-scratching dramedy and the spectacular incompetency the veteran director exhibits. […]

Morning Glory movie review: it’s no afternoon delight

Morning Glory movie review: it’s no afternoon delight

Director Roger Michell’s feel good comedy Morning Glory, set in the sleep deprived world of early morning TV broadcasting, is a lightweight crowd pleaser that makes very strong and very different statements about its two top billing stars. The first is that Rachel McAdams, whose bubbly champagne charisma and girl next door good looks are […]

Unstoppable movie review: rock ‘n’ roll disastertainment

Unstoppable movie review: rock ‘n’ roll disastertainment

The last time audiences were taken for a ride by hyperactive action auteur Tony Scott they didn’t, in a certain sense, get very far. Scott plonked audiences on board a train that wouldn’t start in his 2009 remake of Joseph Sargent’s 70’s hostage drama The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, recruiting John Travolta to […]

The Tourist movie review: passport to lunacy

The Tourist movie review: passport to lunacy

The usually liquid and lusty figures of Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie look feeble and worse for wear in 2010’s most befuddling high profile American release: the awkwardly timed, awkwardly acted, awkwardly written action/comedy/crime caper The Tourist from German filmmaker Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, who wrote and directed the enthralling Oscar winning political thriller The […]

Blue Valentine movie review: warming, unsettling, unforgettable

Blue Valentine movie review: warming, unsettling, unforgettable

It’s rare for a film to employ a non-linear multi timeline narrative as effectively as director Derek Cianfrance’s equal parts heart warming and heart wrenching story about a couple (Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling) meeting and falling in love in one time period and enduring a bitter falling out in another. In hindsight Blue Valentine […]