Blue Jasmine (2013)

๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Woody Allen’s yearly appointment takes the form of a Cate Blanchett-driven study of a woman dancing on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Jasmine (Blanchett) finds refuge at her sister Ginger’s (Sally Hawkins) apartment after her husband Hal (Alec Baldwin) committed suicide. The latter, also a notorious philanderer, was arrested…

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Money for Something: The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

It is tempting to see Martin Scorseseโ€™s new film as an indictment of the consumerist/capitalist culture, a morality playย tragedy whose hero becomes the villain and has his comeuppance. But in doing so one would be missing the bigger picture, the one that Jordan Belfort (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) exploits so adroitly. The real Jordan Belfort…

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ The second installment ofย The Hunger Gamesย 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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Gravity (2013)

๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Alfonsoย Cuarรณn’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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Captain Phillips (2013)

๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ 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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The Iceman (2012)

๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ 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)

๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ 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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