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Edinburgh International Film Festival Coverage 2013

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Here’s a rather late roundup of all my reviews from Edinburgh 2013 for The Hollywood News. There are still a few more to come, but links to all that have been published so far can be found below. Continue reading

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What I’m Watching – June 2013

This list only includes films I watched for the first time this month. My most recent viewing is the top entry.

You And Me Forever (Dir: Kaspar Munk, 2012) ***

About Time (Dir: Richard Curtis, 2013) ***

What Maisie Knew (Dir: Scott McGehee, David Siegel, 2012) ****

Old Stock (Dir: James Genn, 2012) ***

Hawking (Dir: Stephen Finnigan, 2013) ****

Mister John (Dir: Joe Lawlor, Christine Molloy, 2013) **

Struck By Lightning (Dir: Brian Dannelly, 2012) ***

A.C.A.B. All Cats Are Brilliant (Dir: Constantina Voulgaris, 2012) ***

Sanctuary (Dir: Fredrik Edfeldt, 2013) ****

A Story Of Children And Film (Dir: Mark Cousins, 2013) *****

This Is Martin Bonner (Dir: Chad Hartigan, 2013) ***

Shooting Bigfoot (Dir: Morgan Matthews, 2013) ****

The Sea (Dir: Stephen Brown, 2013) **

Magic Magic (Dir: Sebastian Silva, 2013) ****

Monsters University (Dir: Dan Scanlon, 2013) ****

The Bling Ring (Dir: Sofia Coppola, 2013) ***

Lunarcy! (Dir: Simon Ennis, 2012) *****

The Great Hip Hop Hoax (Dir: Jeanie Finlay, 2013) ****

Frances Ha (Dir: Noah Baumbach, 2012) ****

Constructors

Stories We Tell (Dir: Sarah Polley, 2012) ***

I Am Breathing (Dir: Emma Davie, Morag McKinnon, 2013) ****

A Long Way From Home (Dir: Virginia Gilbert, 2013) **

Beijing Flickers (Dir: Yuan Zhang, 2012) ***

C.O.G. (Dir: Kyle Patrick Alvarez, 2013) ***

Man Of Steel (Dir: Zack Snyder, 2013) *****

World War Z (Dir: Marc Forster, 2013) **

Review: World War Z (2013)

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***THIS REVIEW WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED OVER AT THE HOLLYWOOD NEWS, HERE, ON JUNE 20TH, 2013***

Director: Marc Forster.

Starring: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale, Ludi Boeken, Fana Mokoena, Pierfrancesco Favino, Ruth Negga, Peter Capaldi, Moritz Bleibtreu, Abigail Hargrove, Sterling Jerins, David Morse.

Running Time: 116 minutes.

Certificate: 15.

SynopsisUnited Nations employee Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) is at the forefront of a race against time to stop a zombie pandemic that is toppling armies, governments and threatening to destroy humanity itself.

Attempting to breathe new life into the zombie realm with his adaptation of Max Brooks’ 2006 book, Marc Forster has directed a relatively fun ride that will struggle to appease fans of the supernatural due to a steadfast commitment to family values and blatant lack of gore.

Strongest when itching towards 28 DAYS LATER territory in its far quieter final third, WORLD WAR Z spends most of its time floating somewhere between disaster movie and family drama. Hopping from continent to continent may not leave us dizzy, but events never reach tangible levels of worldwide panic when personal elements cause such an infuriating distraction. A Muse-assisted opening montage sets things off on a realistic path, but it’s soon undermined by a reliance on big budget CGI. Up close and personal zombie encounters are haunting due to their authenticity, but the choice to amp up the effects stakes often adds a B-movie feel that is hard to take seriously. Continue reading

Bitesize Review: Prometheus (2012)

DIRECTOR: Ridley Scott.

CAST: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Logan Marshall-Green, Idris Elba, Sean Harris, Rafe Spall, Emun Elliott, Benedict Wong, Kate Dickie, Guy Pearce.

SYNOPSIS: After discovering clues to the origin of our species on Earth, Elizabeth Shaw (Rapace) and Charlie Holloway (Marshall-Green) join a team of scientists aboard the spaceship Prometheus to venture further into space and understand these alien life forms. After becoming stranded on an unfamiliar planet, the discoverers face a battle to save the future of the human race.

My broken arm calls for a slightly different (and bitesize) reviewing format. So here’s ten things I want to say about Prometheus:

***Although this doesn’t involve direct spoilers, you should wait until you’ve seen the film before you read what’s below*** Continue reading

Bitesize Review: Snow White And The Huntsman (2012)

DIRECTOR: Rupert Sanders.

CAST: Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, Sam Spruell, Sam Claflin, Nick Frost, Brian Gleeson, Johnny Harris, Bob Hoskins, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Ian McShane, Ray Winstone, Vincent Regan, Rachael Stirling, Noah Huntley.

SYNOPSIS: A twist on the fairytale we all know, when Queen Ravenna (Theron) sends a Huntsman (Hemsworth) to kill Snow White (Stewart), he finds himself incapable of murder and joins forces with her to end the Queen’s tyranny.

My broken arm calls for a slightly different (and bitesize) reviewing format. So here’s ten things I want to say about Snow White And The Huntsman: Continue reading

What I’m Watching – June 2012

This list only includes films I watched for the first time this month. My most recent viewing is the top entry:

Lawless (Dir: John Hillcoat, 2012) ****

God Bless America (Dir: Bobcat Goldthwait, 2011) ****

Sexual Chronicles Of A French Family (Dir: Pascal Arnold, Jean-Marc Barr, 2012) ***

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (Dir: Timur Bekmambetov, 2012) **

Life Just Is (Dir: Alex Barrett, 2012) **

Small Creatures (Dir: Martin Wallace, 2010) *

Shadow Dancer (Dir: James Marsh, 2012) ****

Unconditional (Dir: Bryn Higgins, 2012) ****

Flying Blind (Dir: Katarzyna Klimkiewicz, 2012) ***

Young Dudes (Dir: Yin-jung Chen, 2012) **

Leave It On The Track (Dir: Benjamin Pascoe, 2011) ***

Fred (Dir: Richard Ledes, 2012) ***

The Imposter (Dir: Bart Layton, 2012) ****

Killer Joe (Dir: William Friedkin, 2012) ****

Mirage (Dir: Yang Jung-ho, 2012) ***

Pusher (Dir: Luis Prieto, 2012) ***

Girimunho (Dir: Clarissa Campolina, Helvecio Marins Jr, 2011) ***

Bottle Rocket (Dir: Wes Anderson, 1996) *****

Son Of Rambow (Dir: Garth Jennings, 2007) ****

The Muppets (Dir: James Bobin, 2011) ****

The Angels’ Share (Dir: Ken Loach, 2012) ****

Snow White And The Huntsman (Dir: Rupert Sanders, 2012) ****

Prometheus (Dir: Ridley Scott, 2012) ***

What I’m Watching – June

This list only includes films I watched for the first time this month. My most recent viewing is the top entry:

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (Dir: Michael Bay, 2011) **

Green Lantern (Dir: Martin Campbell, 2011) **

The Hangover Part II (Dir: Todd Phillips, 2011) ***

Chapter 27 (Dir: J.P. Schaefer, 2007) ****

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Dir: Andrew Dominik, 2007) *****

The Fountain (Dir: Darren Aronofsky, 2006) *****

Get Him to the Greek (Dir: Nicholas Stoller, 2010) ***

X-Men: First Class (Dir: Matthew Vaughn, 2011) ***

Le Village des Ombres (Dir: Fouad Benhammou, 2010) *

The Way (Dir: Emilio Estevez, 2010) ****

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Dir: Gavin Hood, 2009) ***

The Incredible Hulk (Dir: Louis Leterrier, 2008) ****

Hulk (Dir: Ang Lee, 2003) **

Win Win (Dir: Thomas McCarthy, 2011) ***

How to Train Your Dragon (Dir: Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois, 2010) ****