American Hustle (2013)

πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ David O Russell’s film is a stylish caper set during the 1970s, with a cast so consistently brilliant that you might want to borrow Christian Bale’s shades lest your brain melts. Irving Rosenberg (Christian Bale) and Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) are two con artists who besides being business partners are…

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Gravity (2013)

πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ AlfonsoΒ CuarΓ³n’s space drama is a work of undisputed technical virtuosity, a tense thriller that is fearless in presenting an emaciated plot. Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is on her first space mission aboard the shuttle Explorer. Together with wisecracking, country & western loving astronaut Matthew Kowalski (George Clooney), she is…

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The Iceman (2012)

πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ It’s always a pleasure to go to the cinema with no expectations whatsoever and come across a gem such as Ariel Vromen’s The Iceman. The title refers to Richard Kuklinski (Michael Shannon), a disturbed man who finds it difficult to express emotions. Nonetheless he is charming (and persistent) enough to…

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Spring Breakers (2012)

πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Harmony Korine‘s latest is a garish mandala of excess energised by rivers of alcohol, violence, drugs and pink bikinis. Childhood friends Faith (Selena Gomez), Brittany (Ashley Benson), Candy (Vanessa Hudgens) and Cotty (Rachel Korine) plan to go on spring break in Florida but they realise that they are low on…

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Side Effects (2013)

πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Steven Soderbergh‘s latest (and apparently last) feature film is a thriller that is as astute, shifty and sinister as its protagonists. Emily Taylor’s (Rooney Mara) husband (Martin, played by Channing Tatum) has just been released from prison after serving four years for insider trading. A few days later Emily tries…

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Overture (2011)

πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Dan Sachar’s short film is a poetic, elegiac gem that subscribes to the best tradition of the less-is-more maxim. A solitary man (Miko Ben Porat) inhabits a bleak forest that is eerily barren. He spends his time recording fauna and watering a resplendent young tree that sticks out like a…

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Peter Jackson’s fourth foray into Middle Earth is one of those rare films that take a ridiculous amount of hype in their stride and still manage to come out on top. Bilbo Baggins‘s (Martin Freeman) peaceful existence is disrupted by the arrival of wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen), who…

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