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In 1981, Sam Raimi re-invigorated the horror genre with The Evil Dead, an overtly camp, low-budget journey of terror in the company of five university students who encounter malevolent forces in the Tennessee Hills. The film's giddy mix of black humour and extreme violence, including an infamous scene of a girl more...
Love Is All You Need
In her recent films, Oscar-winning Danish director Susanne Bier has meditated on the ability of the human spirit to endure all-consuming grief. Perhaps hankering for some light relief, she dons her sunglasses and SPF25 for this life-affirming comedy set at an idyllic villa on the breathtaking Sorrentine Peninsula. Love Is All more...
If planet earth was decimated by a series of earthquakes and tsunamis, followed by an alien invasion designed to exterminate the pockets of human resistance, you'd stake money on Tom Cruise emerging unscathed from the melee. The 50-year-old actor has survived three divorces, a risible Irish accent in Far & Away more...
The Place Beyond The Pines
The sins of fathers are revisited upon the sons in Derek Cianfrance's doom-laden triptych, which reunites the award-winning writer-director with his Blue Valentine star, Ryan Gosling. The Place Beyond The Pines is a slow-burning meditation on crime and punishment, which treats the morally flawed characters with sensitivity, never condemning them for more...
Writer-director Harmony Korine has repeatedly stuck two fingers up to the cosy conventions of mainstream film-making. While his deranged body of work might not always be coherent or emotionally satisfying, it does at least provoke a strong response. Spring Breakers is as close as Korine has ever come to traditional storytelling, more...
Every year, thousands of people claim to have been abducted by aliens. Elongated figures commonly known as Greys often appear in victims' testimonies, performing strange medical procedures on abductees, perhaps to make sense of our self-destructive species. Conspiracy theorists blame these otherworldly visitations for the disappearance of children from their homes. more...
The Odd Life of Timothy Green
The Odd Life Of Timothy Green is a heartfelt and occasionally cloying fable that asks you to buy into its fantastical premise without any intention of tethering the underlying themes of parenthood and selflessness to reality. Writer-director Peter Hedges has an impressive track record for intimate ensemble pieces, including What's Eating more...
Following the triumph of his opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games, which attracted an estimate worldwide TV audience of 900 million, Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle returns to the smaller canvas of the big screen. Trance is a tricksy psychological thriller, penned by Joe Ahearne and John Hodge, which plays more...
Finding Nemo 3D
Ten years after it was first released, Pixar's hugely entertaining comedy swims back into cinemas in the 3D format - and it is still the cinematic catch of the day. Eye-popping visuals and a superb script, crammed to the gills with laugh-out-loud gags, combine to stunning effect in this hugely entertaining more...
G.I. JOE: RETALIATION
If at first you don't succeed, churn out a sequel. The original G.I. Joe film, subtitled The Rise Of Cobra, opened at the peak of the 2009 summer blockbuster season to a blitzkrieg of largely negative reviews. Aimed predominantly at teenage boys with limited attention spans, the all-guns-blazing romp based on more...
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