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Saturday 25th of November 2017

Everything tagged with film review

Life of Pi

A boy, a shipwreck, a tiger and a boat—sound familiar? Of course they do—they’re the basis for Life of Pi by Yann Martel, one of the literary sensations of the decade. The cinematic adaptation has now been realised by Ang Lee, seemingly the “go to” guy for any “impossible to make” film.

Amour (Amor)

Sometimes the hardest films to watch are also the most absorbing, and “Amour” definitely falls into this category. This French-language movie won the 2012 Palme d’Or and has made the Oscar short list for the Best Film, Best Director (Michael Haneke), Best Acrtess (Emmanuelle Riva), and Best Foreign Film.

Jack Reacher

Jack Reacher, in the novels by Lee Child, is a 6ft 5in and 210 pound imposing figure, so it may come as a surprise that the diminutive Tom Cruise has taken the role. Nevertheless, Cruise brings his expertise as the all-action protagonist in this competent but rather tame thriller by director Christopher McQuarrie.

Tipos Legales (Stand Up Guys)

Tipos Legales (Stand Up Guys) brings together Oscar-winners Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin in a gangster movie directed by Fisher Stevens. The film opens with the release of ex-gangster Val (Pacino), who has spent the last 28 years in prison for refusing to turn in his associates Doc (Walken) and Hirsch (Arkin).

The Snitch (El Mensajero)

John Mathews (Dwayne Johnson) receives a startling phone call from ex-wife Sylvie Collins (Melina Kanakaredes) that their son Jason (Rafi Gavron) has been arrested. After being placed in a sting operation by his “best friend” and charged for the distribution of narcotics, Jason is facing a minimum of ten years in prison.

Siren

Imagine being so attractive that you can’t leave your house without being pursued by hoards of men. It’s a problem many girls wish we had. Siren, which previewed at the Nocturna Festival, is written and directed by Jesse Peyronel, and exposes the downside to being really, really, ridiculously good-looking.

Insensibles

Insensibles, directed by Juan Carlos Medina, premiered at the Nocturna Film Festival, addresses an intriguing question: what would life be like if we couldn’t feel pain?

Into the White (Perdidos en la nieve)

Into the White (Perdidos en la nieve) takes place in World War Two, and tells the story of two Englishmen—Gunner Robert Smith (played by Rupert Grint) and Captain Charles Davenport (Lachlan Nieboer), and three Germans—Sergeant Wolfgang Strunk (Stig Henrik Hoff), with officers Horst Schopis (Florian Lukas) and Joseph Schwartz (David Kross).