Lock, stock and banal.
TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL: Before the stultification sets in, there’s something unnerving about watching a genre picture that might have been put together via algorithm. I’m not sure that a name has been coined for the kind of post-Tarantino, blood...
Clichéd class struggle has contemporary relevance.
Amid a US summer of moronic spectacle (Kick-Ass 2), empty gestures (Oblivion) and unrequited franchise opportunities (The Lone Ranger? seriously?), I was rather looking forward to Elysium—the sophomore film from South African director Neill...
A frightening look at an almost completely lawless society.
City Of God, refers to a suburb of Rio de Janeiro, that was established in the 1960s and, by the '80s, had become a most dangerous place. The people who live in this featureless, dusty environment are impoverished and dispossessed, and it's no...
Remake misses hard-boiled elegance of original.
Predators, a sequel to 1987’s Predator, directed by John McTiernan (Die Hard), is a tangled mesh of genre movie action riffs, in-jokes, big set-pieces and small ideas.
Few scares to be found in Hollywood Gothic.
This movie features Anthony Hopkins as a Welsh priest called Lucas. Based in Rome, he’s the Vatican’s go-to exorcist. With a fine line in caustic wit and a very big belly, he looks like a formidable opponent for evil. It doesn’t take long to...