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Spit take – I Spit on Your Grave 2 review

By Richard Haridy October 15, 2013 The rape-revenge genre is one of the most problematic to navigate. The original I Spit on Your Grave, from 1979, was a tawdry affair with a suitably exploitative vibe designed to push its audience into complex modes of identification. While the 2010 remake got plenty wrong – from its […]

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See the cast of Nymphomaniac in orgasmic delight

Lars Von Trier’s canny promotional campaign for his upcoming five-hour pornographic opus, Nymphomaniac, hits a new height with the release of fourteen provocative character posters. Featuring all his major actors offering up their best “o-face,” these posters give us a curious introduction to what we can expect from this inevitably divisive film, set to be […]

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Rebelle, rebelle – War Witch review

By Richard Haridy September 18, 2013 Canadian filmmaker Kim Nguyen‘s fourth feature, War Witch(aka Rebelle), is a strikingly immersive examination of the troubling culture surrounding child soldiers in Africa. Shot on location in the Democratic Republic Of The Congo and rich in anthropological specificity, Nguyen’s film is unexpectedly sensitive and anchored by some amazing performances. […]

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Teaser Debut: The Double

Richard Ayoade’s second film, The Double, gets a trailer, and it looks as far from his debut Submarine as one could possibly get. Based on a novella by literary grandmaster Dostoevsky, The Double stars Jesse Eisenberg as an awkward young man who works a menial office job. As he becomes more and more invisible to […]

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The Rocket to be Australia’s great Oscar hope

The Rocket will be Australia’s entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Academy Awards, The Australian reports. This heart-warming coming of age story set in Laos comes from Australian director Kim Mordaunt, and has been winning over viewers around the globe. Snagging Audience Awards at the Tribeca, Sydney, and Melbourne Film Festivals […]

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Humdrum shake – Aftershock review

By Richard Haridy September 4, 2013 Eli Roth seems determined to make a bad film in every country around the world. After trashing Europe in his Hostel saga and co-writing the bizarre Chinese kung-fu The Man With The Iron Fists with RZA, he now sets his sights on South America with the earthquake based, survival […]

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The lady is a vamp – Byzantium review

By Richard Haridy September 3, 2013 Nearly 20 years after his all-star horror blockbuster Interview With The Vampire, director Neil Jordan returns to the genre with this boldly classical take on one of fiction’s ever-present tales. Byzantium is an elegant spin on vampire mythology seemingly designed to act as a reactionary statement against the trite, […]

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Matt Damon joins Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar

Matt Damon is a late addition to the cast of Christopher Nolan’s currently-shooting sci-fi blockbuster Interstellar, Variety reports. As the film started production in early August, we assume Damon to be taking on a relatively small role. He joins an already epic cast containing Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, Topher Grace, Wes […]

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Louis Leterrier returning to direct Now You See Me 2

Now You See Me, the unexpected hit of the season, has a sequel on the way, and director Louis Leterrier will return to helm it, Coming Soon reports. Smashing box offices around the world, Now You See Me has reminded studios that audiences don’t necessarily need giant robots or mass urban carnage to have a […]

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Michael K. Williams joins Spike Lee’s Kickstarted Da Blood of Jesus

Omar is in Da Blood Of Jesus! Spike Lee has excitedly announced Michael K Williams (The Wire, Boardwalk Empire) will join the cast of his recent Kickstarter funded mystery project. Lee managed to generate $1.4 million (more than his target of $1.25 million) through crowdfunding, with nothing more than an obscure concept. All we know […]

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Teaser Debut: Pompeii

A love story set against the back-drop of a well-known historical disaster? Sound familiar? No I’m not talking about Titanic, but rather Pompeii. The teaser for this upcoming epic from director Paul W.S Anderson (aka: the not-so-good director named Paul Anderson) offers up exactly what you expect: Game Of Thrones star Kit Harrington looking wistfully […]

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American idiot – Olympus Has Fallen review

By Richard Haridy August 20, 2013 Let’s be upfront. Olympus Has Fallen is dumb, violent, overlong, jingoistic, racist, predictable, derivative, and whatever other adjectives those with no sense of B-grade fun wish to throw at it. Sure, it is all those things, but it’s also an exceedingly competent action movie that knows exactly what it’s […]

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Not winning – A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III review

By Richard Haridy August 13, 2013 A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charles Swan III is an honest-to-goodness awful film. The kind of truly bad movie only genuinely talented people can pull off; where isolated lyrical images and wonderfully imaginative moments all coalesce into a dry, misguided muddle. Roman Coppola (son of Francis Ford, brother […]

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Trailer Debut: Machete Kills

Mel Gibson as a crazy super-villain and Charlie Sheen as the President of the United States? It could only be the trailer for Machete Kills. From the looks of this genuinely insane trailer, it seems director Robert Rodriguez has turned his dial to 11 for this sequel, which once again stars Danny Trejo in the […]

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Trailer Debut: Paradise

The trailer for Diablo Cody’s directorial debut, Paradise, hit the internet recently and it looks unexpectedly… bland. After bursting onto the scene with the screenplay for Juno in 2007, Cody has produced interesting work, including her scripts for Jennifer’s Body and Young Adult, to her great TV series with Toni Collette, The United States Of […]

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Love sick – Antiviral review

By Richard Haridy August 5, 2013 For his debut feature, David Cronenberg‘s son Brandon was always going to be measured in the shadow of his father. Rather than conspicuously avoiding these comparisons, Cronenberg has doubled down on them in Antiviral, literally cannibalising his dad’s legacy to create a coldly clinical look at society’s obsession with […]

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Aussie Margot Robbie cast opposite Will Smith in Focus

Australian actress Margot Robbie is continuing her meteoric rise in Hollywood after Variety exclusively reported that she has snagged a big starring role opposite Will Smith. Known locally for her work on Neighbours, Robbie left Australia to make it big and her first two major starring roles are coming up later in 2013: the female […]

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Tom Cruise’s All You Need is Kill renamed Edge of Tomorrow

Tom Cruise’s upcoming sci-fi ‘man-in-a-robot-suit’ film All You Need Is Kill has been renamed, presumably to soften its impact. According to Cruise’s official website, this big action flick will now be called Edge Of Tomorrow, a much more tasteful (but also bland) title. Based on a graphic novel, it looks to be a futuristic play […]

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Pour one out – 21 & Over review

By Richard Haridy July 10, 2013 Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, the writing team behind The Hangover making their directorial debut with 21 & Over, should thank their stars the similarly themed Project X came out last year. That’s because the bar had been set so low by that picture, it makes 21 & Over […]

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Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman returning for Independence Day 2

We knew Independence Day 2 was inevitable but we never knew what form it would take. Well, here’s something of an indication… In an exclusive on Movies.com, director Roland Emmerich has revealed that Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman will appear in the sequel. After Emmerich previously announced Will Smith would not be appearing in the […]

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Cameron Diaz set for new Annie musical

Get ready for an all-singing Cameron Diaz as Deadline reports she has just been cast in the upcoming screen version of the beloved musical Annie. She’ll take up the role of bad teacher Miss Hannigan after Sandra Bullock reportedly stepped down. Diaz is a somewhat unknown entity in the singing stakes. Actually, we did see her […]

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Risque business – Elles review

By Richard Haridy June 25, 2013 Polish director Małgorzata Szumowska is certainly broaching some complex issues in her fourth picture, Elles. Investigations and depictions of prostitution have long been favoured by filmmakers from Steven Soderbergh to Luis Buñuel, but Szumowska admirably and provocatively, albeit unsuccessfully, finds a fresh tangent. Juliette Bincohe plays Anne, a writer […]

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Poster and Trailer Debut: Anchorman: The Legend Continues

A new poster and teaser trailer for Adam McKay’s Anchorman: The Legend Continues has hit the internet, finally giving us an impression of what to expect from the long-awaited sequel later this year. The poster is clean, simple and effective: a giant close up of Ron Burgundy’s (Will Ferrell) moustache. The trailer, on the other […]

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All you can eat – Sushi Girl review

By Richard Haridy June 18, 2013 Those who remember the spate of bland Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction rip-offs that dominated indie cinema throughout the mid to late 1990s will probably have little patience for Kern Saxton‘s Sushi Girl. It’s a strange genre mash-up that blends a post-Tarantino gangster film with a modern torture-porn aesthetic. […]

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Taken too – Stolen review

By Richard Haridy June 5, 2013 It’s tough being a Nicolas Cage fan. When he’s not overacting in sublime trash, he seems to be sleepwalking through competent yet generic B-movies. His glory days are evidently behind him, and apart from bright spots like Werner Herzog‘s Bad Lieutenant, Cage hasn’t done much interesting work for over […]

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Forest Whitaker in talks to play Martin Luther King Jr. for Paul Greengrass

Forest Whitaker is in talks to play Martin Luther King Jr in Paul Greengrass’ gritty upcoming biopic, The Wrap reports. Titled Memphis, the film purportedly follows King’s last days as he organises what turns out to be his last protest march. King’s family, who are developing their own separate biopic, have objected to Greengrass’ film, […]

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Cage, Chan, Snipes, and Jovovich in talks for The Expendables 3

The Expendables 3 is set to start production in August, with a roster of new big names in “advanced negotiations” to appear in the film, Deadline reports. Nicolas Cage, Milla Jovovich, Jackie Chan, and Wesley Snipes are reportedly all in discussions to join the cast. All four actors would be sensational additions to the already […]

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Dead again – A Haunted House review

By Richard Haridy May 28, 2013 Marlon Wayans has described A Haunted House as a “labour of love,” and after watching it, one can only read this as a truly terrifying statement. A straightforward parody in the vein of the Scary Movie franchise (which the Wayans brothers’ ignited), it directs most of its punches at […]

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Richard Linklater suggests spiritual sequel to Dazed & Confused will shoot this year

Richard Linklater’s long awaited ‘spiritual sequel’ to Dazed & Confused may start shooting later this year. Linklater revealed during his recent AMA on Reddit that this college ensemble film should enter production soon. For several years this unofficial sequel to Dazed & Confused has been on the cards. It is rumoured to follow a group […]

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Trailer Debut: We’re the Millers

The trailer for the upcoming comedy We’re The Millers has just been released and it features Jennifer Aniston as a stripper, should you be interested in that kind of thing! This oddly flat looking comedy from Rawson Marshall Thurber (Dodgeball) also stars Ed Helms as a super-villain styled drug lord and Jason Sudelkis as the […]

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