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Criminal Heroes
May 17th, 2008

What else but the movies could make the bad guys the heroes? They’re mostly at home in comedies or films with comic elements, because while we know there are guys out there who can crack safes, launch computer viruses or deal drugs, they’d never act against the innocent …would they?

Four Minutes
April 1st, 2008

Will the teacher show the prot√©g√© the love she’s never known? Will the student bring the damaged older soul back to life? Watch a million other movies from Dangerous Minds and Dead Poet’s Society to Freedom Writers to find out.


The Strangers
September 1st, 2008

First time writer/director Bryan Bertino goes for nerve sawing tension rather than gore, and thoroughly achieves it through inventive camera angles and an unsettling score and sound effects. Unfortunately logic, natural behaviour and consistency are all sacrificed on the altar to achieve such a living, breathing sense of dread, and cliché often curbs an otherwise realistic depiction of events.

The Strangers
September 1st, 2008

Like Chainsaw, plenty will be disgusted by such a nihilistic movie (take a bow, Funny Games), but as Oscar Wilde said, art is neither good nor evil, just well or badly made.


American Swing
August 1st, 2009

The highlight is the reminiscences of a then-young female photographer who frequented Plato’s and provides the unwitting moral of the story when she describes how she got pubic lice just from sitting down in the mattress-strewn ‘sex room’.

The Bet
April 1st, 2008

The shocking climax lifts it far above the feelgood revenge drama you’re expecting, and despite a penny-pinching budget, exuberant design and performances sells the rest.






Criminal Heroes They break the law, lie, cheat and steal. What else but the ...
May 17th, 2008

Four Minutes Note to filmmakers; there's little else you can bring to the determined-teacher-heals-troubled-kid ...
April 1st, 2008

White Planet The renaissance of cinema documentaries was bound to let loose a few ...
April 1st, 2008

American Swing Taking strong tonal cues from the 2005 documentary Inside Deep Throat, American ...
August 1st, 2009

Tales of the Unexpected Forget the endless, tired procession of slasher-era remakes, J horror, exploitation double ...
July 1st, 2007

Away We Go In-love Gen Xers Burt (Krasinski) and Verona (Rudolph) fall pregnant and embark ...
November 1st, 2009


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