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The law is an ass, braying to archaic rules that don't always seem to match the punishment to the crime. In America, the government fought back in the war against drugs by tightening federal policy so that anyone found in possession of narcotics could be persuaded to testify against friends in more...
In recent years, the fine art of the film spoof has been completely lost in a blitzkrieg of lazy, crass parodies lacking any subtlety or invention. The Scary Movie series, which began in 2000 and has somehow spluttered and wheezed to five instalments so far, is a lamentable case in point. more...
Some of Hollywood's most glittering triumphs have been snatched from the slavering jaws of defeat. Gone With The Wind was shot by three different directors and suffered numerous delays, yet the sweeping 1939 romance reigned supreme at the Oscars with eight statuettes including Best Picture and Best Director. Joseph L Manciewicz's more...
In August, thousands of teenagers across the UK will be biting nails down to the cuticle, nervously awaiting A-level results that might allow them to chart a course through the choppy waters of higher education. It's an emotionally fraught period, culminating in the sturm and drang of Clearing for students who more...
Stuck In Love
Bookended by two very different Thanksgiving celebrations, Stuck In Love is a smartly scripted, semi-autobiographical dramedy about the aftermath of divorce on a wealthy family. Or at least that is first-time writer-director Josh Boone's heartfelt intention. While Boone certainly has an acute ear for snappy dialogue and sketches his flawed characters more...
Man Of Steel
In the 35 years since Christopher Reeve took flight as Superman, the iconic hero has been laid to rest in a best-selling DC Comics storyline, endured teen angst in the long-running TV series Smallville, and stumbled in the 2006 blockbuster Superman Returns. Last year, Batman, another DC Comics stalwart, hung up more...
Behind The Candelabra
Liberace always bowed down at the altar of excess. "Too much of a good thing is wonderful," he famously proclaimed. No doubt the flamboyant entertainer would have approved of the bouffant hairstyles, outlandish fashions and gaudy decor - referred to as "palatial kitsch" - festooning Steven Soderbergh's handsome biopic. Based on more...
After Earth is a family affair, reuniting Will and Jaden Smith for the first time since the saccharine 2006 drama, The Pursuit Of Happyness. M Night Shyamalan's sci-fi blockbuster is a perfect vehicle for Smith Snr to pass on the mantle, combining elements of I Am Legend and Independence Day with more...
Last Exorcism: Part Ii, The
Forty years after William Friedkin scared the bejesus out of cinema audiences with The Exorcist, Hollywood's fascination with the "spiritual warfare" of casting out evil continues in The Last Exorcism Part II. Ed Gass-Donnelly's lumbering sequel begins directly after the climactic bloodbath of the 2010 supernatural horror, which documented the demonic more...
Long before Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart sank their pearly whites into The Twilight Saga, British director Neil Jordan was entertaining A-list bloodsuckers on the big screen. Interview With The Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles paired Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt as fanged fiends whose fortunes entwined in rivers of crimson on more...
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