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Review – The Raid 2: Berandal

The larger scope of the sequel allows for Gareth Evans to flesh out the narrative, but too many chatty gangsters almost cripple the momentum between incredible action sequences that certify Evans’ ascension to a supreme action cinema maestro.

Review – Need for Speed

Following a long and intensive street racing sequence that opens Need for Speed, I’d had my fix of burning rubber, actors intensely staring out from behind a steering wheel, and enough ‘bros’ to make a dictionary want to take an early retirement. The problem was that there was another two hours of automotive spectacle left and nothing but constantly revving engines.

Review – All is Lost

Writer and director J. C. Chandor presents a subtle meditation on mind, body and spirit that’s imbued with an aching amount of futility and loneliness.

Review – 300: Rise of an Empire

The side-saddle sequel to Zack Snyder’s 300 (he co-writes Rise of an Empire) is macho motivation and nothing more.

Harold Ramis – this is just a tribute

A piece on the late Harold Ramis that I wrote for Graffiti with Punctuation. Harold Ramis died early on Monday morning after battling illness for a long time. He was 69 years-old. Of… Continue reading

Review – Nebraska

Director Alexander Payne crafts a striking portrait of a dysfunctional family and a refined piece of Americana that contains a wonderfully dry sense of humour.

Tremble before True Detective

Here’s a little piece I wrote for Graffiti with Punctuation about True Detective a few weeks ago.

Review – Lone Survivor

After years of filmmakers fist-pumping the military superiority of the United States of America in cinema, Lone Survivor comes along to demonstrate that Americans have finally crossed over into the realm of their… Continue reading

Review – Robocop

The Robocop remake is frustratingly mediocre. It’s not a complete disaster but rather an ample catastrophe. Director Jose Padilha’s reinvention is bland compared to filmmaker Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 film, but a comparison between… Continue reading

Review – Labor Day

Prepare for an onslaught of jokes about Labor Day. Gags about pies, a ridiculously long weekend, and Tobey Maguire in voiceover mode again (see: The Great Gatsby). It’s hard not to smirk a… Continue reading

Review – The Square

So often the story of a revolution is confined to history books or fragmented across news coverage. The Square is an opportunity to see an upheaval in real-time. Director Jehane Noujaim pieces together… Continue reading

Review – The Great Beauty

The Great Beauty is ripe for arty Euro film bingo. Cryptic religious imagery. Tick. More bare flesh than the nude Olympics. Tick. A dwarf. Tick. Before yelling “bingo” on co-writer/director Paolo Sorrentino’s new… Continue reading

Review – Her

During the screening of Her I attended someone’s phone let out a bleep. That person had the power to turn off their mobile device but the cinemagoer couldn’t stand to be disconnected for… Continue reading

Review – The Wolf of Wall Street

Don’t confuse Martin Scorsese’s new film The Wolf of Wall Street as a serious attempt to say too much about the great American pastime of greed. Based on the memoir of real-life stock… Continue reading

Review – Dallas Buyers Club

In 1981 the United States Centre for Disease Control and Prevention published a document that reported the first case of AIDS on American soil. Medical professionals, scientists and suffers have been fighting the… Continue reading