A stage to screen adaptation is nothing unfamiliar to cinemagoers. Many musicals of the last forty years have made big splashes on the silver screen (think Chicago, Hairspray, Les Miserables) leading to stage revivals and boosted ticket sales thanks to their silver screen popularity. Then there are the flops. Sadly, Jersey Boys belongs to the latter group. Chronicling the rise […]Read more ›
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Long debated is the genesis of evil: is one born evil or can one become evil? With Disney’s new film Maleficent the answer is pointedly clear. Further pushing the popular “story behind the story you knew” mood with Oz: The Great and Powerful and Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent takes a figure known to popular culture and turns the audience’s notions […]Read more ›
Steve McQueen really does have a thing for the embattled and imprisoned protagonist. His three feature films to date have focused on an Irish republican leading a hunger strike in Hunger, a sex-addict slipping deeper into the despair of his compulsion in Shame, and now the agonising capture and slavery of freeman Solomon Northrop in 12 Years a Slave.Read more ›
Greed, power games, drugs and New York financial corruption in the 80s. No this is not Wall Street, but simply another Scorsese take on retro fast-paced living. And like Goodfellas, Casino, Raging Bull and The Departed, all good things must come gloriously crashing down. Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a stockbroker. Well, that’s putting it mildly. Conning people into buying […]Read more ›
August: Osage County features great opportunities for actors, and thankfully a cavalcade of brilliant actors breathes life into these intricate and multi-layered characters. There really isn’t a weak link in the cast, but Streep, Roberts and Cooper deserve to be singled out. Not far behind them are Martindale, Nicholson and Cumberbatch.Read more ›
Plenty of laughs are to be had with Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues through genuinely astute and witty television journalistic observations, and through some less erudite gags.Read more ›
The Butler is a film about response. Cecil’s blending into the background was a form of transformation from the cotton farm way of life he came from. His response was to do whatever it takes to make a better life, however demeaning or full of inequality. Louis’ response to the racism and segregation was to stand up, speak his mind and demand to be heard.Read more ›