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Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

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Another crazy night in Basin City, as a gambler beats the wrong man, an old lover returns to Dwight’s life with a hidden agenda and Nancy craves revenge for the death of her hero Hartigan.

A Dame to Kill For is broken into these clearly identifiable segments, with the continuing story of Nancy and the introduction of Joseph Gordon Levitt’s Johnny being the book-ends to the main attraction. The inner narrative taking the bulk of the film, starring Josh Brolin as Dwight, previous to his new face that Clive Owen portrayed in the first film. Eva Green is perfectly cast as manipulative Ava Lord and her stunning confidence brings the comic book femme fatale fully to life in magnificent fashion. The “A Dame to Kill For Segment” is almost panel for frame from the page. Its mesmerising visual similarities are a delight for comic book fans starved for faithful adaptations of their beloved stories. For cinema goers who are unfamiliar with the source material the entire film offers a pulp noir that thoroughly entertains. Continue reading

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Film Review: Before I Go To Sleep

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Based on S.J Watson’s bestselling novel, Before I Go To Sleep is a Hitchcockian thriller with Nicole Kidman staring as the usual blond heroin and Colin Firth as her tall dark counterpart.

Christine Lucas (Kidman) is a forty-year old housewife who suffers from amnesia, over night her brain resets to her mid twenties and each morning she is faced with confusion, anxiety and an overwhelming amount of information. Her somewhat unforthcoming husband Ben (Firth) explains the situation every morning, wearily but patiently.

Then, as soon as Ben leaves for work, the phone rings and a man calling himself Dr Nash (Mark Strong) explains to Christine that he has been helping her to remember. He instructs her to find a camera that she herself has hidden and on which she has recorded a video diary.

Soon Christine discovers that Ben has been keeping secrets, the biggest being that she wasn’t involved in an accident, as he claimed, but that she was the victim of a brutal assault. And that she has a child, a boy who he says has died. Continue reading

Is Piracy Responsible For The Failings Of Expendables 3?

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Prior to its cinematic release, The Expendables 3 was discovered to have been leaked online. The high quality screener copy of the film was quickly snapped up by hungry pirates all over the world, ready for their fix of blood, violence and quippy one-liners. Lionsgate, the distribution company, immediately reacted by demanding sites be taken down and the torrent removed. But, as with all things on the internet, once it is online it is staying there and the screener is still available to many internationally.

Huge torrent sites, such as Kick Ass, have removed the film entirely from their sites fearing more vigorous attacks from Lionsgate through the courts. The company has seen the film underachieve at the box office, and the current consensus is that this is due to piracy. The matter of financial gain versus quality art is more apparent than ever in the modern industry, and regardless of personal feelings towards the act of piracy it is becoming a more and more heavily debated social topic. Are the pirates ruining the film industry? Or is the greed of the Hollywood system destroying film? All films require profit to be a success in the eyes of the production company, and many of the lower budget films released do not have the financial backing to stand up to the economic consequences of piracy. The Expendables 3 may be a big budget, Hollywood picture filled to the rafters with A-Listers, but that does not mean piracy will not negatively effect the future of the much loved action franchise. Further, if Lionsgate, who have the financial means to attack the sites, and are able to do so, then legally they are within their right. More so, being more powerful in terms of financial backing they have a responsibility to do so to protect themselves and smaller budget films and companies. But is piracy to blame for a fall in the film’s box office success? Or is piracy merely a scapegoat for the failings of a bad movie? Our critics review is available to read here. Continue reading

The Expendables 3: Star Studded Film Not Worth Watching

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Sly Stallone and the Expendables are back with a big bang. This time around the bad guy is the cruel and ruthless Stonebanks (Mel Gibson), one of the original Expendables. When one of the Expendables dies on a mission to bring Stonebanks down, Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) begins to question his relationship to the crew. Not wanting to deal with more loss he decides to ditch the old gang and hire new blood to hunt his one time partner down.

Guided by Bonaparte (Kelsey Grammer) he headhunts some new talent and ends up with a bunch of inexperienced hackers, bouncers and motor mouth Galgo (Antonio Banderas) who is looking for a new crew.

But of course once the s**t hits the fan the only people who can really help Barnet are his old trusty Expendables. Continue reading

Film Review: Sex Tape

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For his latest slapstick comedy, Sex Tape, multi-talented Jason Segel has not only teamed up with director Jake Kasdan again, but with co-star Cameron Diaz, too. However this time around the story is more about the “what happens next” phase of romance.

Settled as a married couple with two kids, living and working in the suburbs , Annie (Cameron Diaz) and Jay (Jason Segel) seem to have the perfect life. But ten years of marriage have diminished the passion and they just can’t seem to find the time or energy to have sex. Continue reading

The Inbetweeners 2: Up, Down And Everything Inbetween

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The last time we caught up with the lads, the fantastic foursome were all seemingly growing up and settling down into relationships, after an epic holiday in Crete to celebrate finishing their final year at school. The second film picks up nine months later and the happily ever after has been very much undone for The Inbetweeners.

None of the relationships lasted for the boys, apart from Simon who is still dating Lucy, although far from being the loveable innocent sweet girl he met on holiday Lucy has turned into the girlfriend from hell. Will has finally made it to University, which turns out to be somewhat different from the utopia he always expected it to be and he finds himself missing his mates. Neil is still the same happy go lucky Neil he has always been, except now he works in a respectable bank job. And then, of course, there is Jay… Continue reading

The Purge: Anarchy

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The 2013 horror film The Purge came under fire from critics for its tendency to lean toward tired clichés and over the top violence simply for the sake of it. It would seem that the criticism was noted as writer and director James DeMonaco returns with The Purge: Anarchy.

Set one year after the original film, The Purge: Anarchy takes us into downtown Los Angeles to spend the purge with five people who team up to try survive the night of violence.

The group consists of a young couple (Zach Gilford and Keile Sanchez) whose car breaks down, a mysterious heavily armed sergeant (Frank Grillo) and a waitress and her teenage daughter (Carmen Ejogo and Zoe Soul). This unlikely group must stick together to try escape the roaming vicious gangs baying for blood on the fateful annual night. Continue reading

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