The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ 😦 The second installment ofΒ The Hunger GamesΒ series (three books and four films) is a riveting dystopian thriller that leaves other, bigger blockbusters released in 2013 in the dust. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is back in District 12 after having won the previous year’s edition of The Hunger Games. But as her…

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Captain Phillips (2013)

πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ 😦 Director Paul Greengrass‘s shaky-cam take on this tale of modern day piracy is more preoccupied with conflicting realities than it is with good guys and bad guys. Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks) is in charge of the MV Maersk Alabama, a cargo ship headed towards Mombasa. As it sails through the…

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This is the End (2013)

πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ 😦 This is the End is definitely one of the funniest and funnest films to grace the silver screen this year. Jay Baruchel pops over to his friend Seth Rogen‘s for a bit of catching up. They spend the afternoon eating, bonging and gaming, after which Seth mentions that James Franco…

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Silent Hill (2006)

πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ 😦 Sometimes, when adapting a work, it’s wiser to ditch some of the cosmetics in favour of a more robust rendering of the source material, especially if said embellishments add nothing to the story. Rose (Radha Mitchell), against the better judgement of her husband Christopher (Sean Bean), takes her adopted daughter…

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Troll Hunter (2010)

πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ 😦 AndrΓ© Øvredal’s film is a dark modern fairy tale that despite employing the overused premise of found footage, it still manages to be suspenseful and funny. Thomas (Glenn Erland Tosterud), Johanna (Johanna MΓΈrck) and Kalle (Tomas Alf Larsen) are three university students who set out to make a video documentary…

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Alien (1979)

πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ 😦 Science fiction films set in space are among the likeliest to look dated. Special effects, which constitute a fundamental componentΒ of Β the genre, can easily fail the test of time and slip into the ridiculous. Unless the film is backed by a robust narrative, it suffers. A rude awakening awaits the…

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