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Review – Disney’s Chimpanzee

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Chimpanzee is DisneyNature’s sixth release since it’s launch, having originally overseen the US version of ‘Earth’ (BBC’s Planet Earth) in 2008. Working with such established production teams as the BBC, Discovery Channel, and Canal+, this time Blacklight Films were sent into the African forest of Taï National Park to bring us this unique docu-drama. Hit the jump for our review…

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Sundance Review: Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes

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Francesca Gregorini’s Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes takes a dive into a fragile world of Emanuel (Kaya Scodelario), a young girl who’s mother died giving birth to her. With the arrival of a new neighbour, young mother Linda (Jessica Biel), the pair grow close and when Emanuel discovers a disturbing secret she becomes entwined in their world and inadvertently a gatekeeper of the secret.

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I’m So Excited – Review

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When it appears as though the end is in sight, the pilots, flight crew, and passengers of a plane heading to Mexico City look to forget the anguish of the moment and face their own personal problems. A technical failure has endangered the lives of the people aboard Peninsula Flight 2549. The crew devote themselves to the task of making the flight as enjoyable as possible for the passengers, while they await a solution.

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Retro Review: Funny Games (1997) & Funny Games U.S. (2008)

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There has been endless debate about the merits and failures of both of Michael Haneke’s Funny Games films; reviews of the original praised its striking originality in its critique of cinematic violence yet the American remake seems to have flown over the heads of most American reviewers. Since the narrative of both films is basically the same, critiques of the films have been along the same lines: the motiveless nature of the two intruders actions, the lack of character development of the main protagonists and the ultimately alienating effects of Haneke’s direct address techniques. While these are valid comments, I feel they miss the point to a certain extent, and that a more overarching theme of both films is a contemporary crisis of masculinity.

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Iron Man 3 – Review

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Iron Man 3 marks the start of Marvel phase 2 and you will be pleased to hear that there is no hangover here following on from last years Avengers Assemble huge success. When Tony Stark’s world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution. Relying on his instinct, intellect and iron suit, Stark puts it all on the line as he struggles to control his personal anxieties and an enemy that knows no bounds to protect those closest to him.

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Retro Review: In the Mouth of Madness (1994)

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In the Mouth of Madness is one of horror-maestro John Carpenter’s lesser known works: made during the mid 90’s after his golden age is arguably behind him, the film is a Lovecraft inspired exploration of the effect that horror has on those that consume it, whether through the written word or through cinematic images.

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Evil Dead – Review

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‘Evil Dead’ takes us back to the most iconic cabin in the woods for a modern remake for Sam Raimi’s 1981 original classic ‘The Evil Dead’. Five friends, Mia, David, Olivia, Eric and Natalie, head to a remote cabin in the woods to help Mia go cold turkey from her heroin addiction. In the basement they find a mysterious Book of the Dead. Upon reading it, they unwittingly summon up a demon living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.

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Rebellion – Review

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Mathieu Kossovitz of La Haine is back with his new film Rebellion. Set in 1988, on the island of Oveau in the French colony of New Caledonia, 30 police are kidnapped by separatists and 300 special force operatives are sent in to restore order.

 

 

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Olympus Has Fallen – Review

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Olympus Has Fallen is an action movie about the White House being taken down by a North Korean terrorist and his team as one lone Secret Service agent tries to save the President from his imminent death.

An out and out action movie Olympus Has Fallen pulls no punches. The violence is strong and frequent, several head stabbings included, and is not for the faint hearted. Filled with huge explosions, waves of patriotism, fight sequences and some edge of your seat moments it’s an excellent action movie. It’s great to see an action film stick to it’s guns so to speak and not dumb down the film for a lesser certificate.

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Love is All You Need – Review

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Pierce Brosnan and Trine Dryholm star in the Love is All You Need, the multi-lingual offering from director Susanne Bier.

With a distinct continental feel the film instantly transports you into the world of Ida (Dryholm) a woman battling Cancer who discovers her husband is having an affair. Travelling to her daughter’s wedding a haphazard encounter sees her meet Philip (Brosnan) a widower who has never truly recovered from the loss of his wife.

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