Review: Johnny English Reborn

After foiling a plot to seize the British crown in his first self-titled movie outing, incompetent British secret agent Johnny English is back, and must now prevent the assassination of the Chinese premier, in the expectedly silly but thoroughly entertaining Johnny English Reborn. Treading much the same ground as the 2003 original, the sequel film combines...

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Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

In a bleak and haunting prologue, the once joyful students of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry are marched through the grey courtyard like prisoners in a concentration camp. Darkness has fallen, and the wondrousness and magic of the castle has all but disappeared. Then the title card floats through the clouds, along with a sombre musical cue, as...

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Review: The Tree of Life

[Published with the hope of generating some more discussion on what has generally been an extremely well received film. Please, be gentle] Five acclaimed films in four long decades ensure that any new movie by reclusive director Terrence Malick is sure to cause a stir on the arthouse circuit. The Tree of Life is his latest effort, a film dominated by images of...

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Christopher Nolan and David Fincher talk Terrence Malick

If for some inexplicable reason you weren’t already planning on seeing Terrance Malick’s Palme d’Or winning The Tree of Life when it comes to a theatre near you, perhaps hearing two of most beloved mainstream filmmakers currently working heaping praise on the film’s director will help you change your...

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Review: The Hangover Part II

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That seems to be the philosophy of director Todd Phillips, whose sequel to the box office comedy smash The Hangover doesn’t so much try to replicate the magic of the first film as it does try to replicate everything about the first film. The setting has changed from the neon strip of Las Vegas to the filthy streets of Bangkok,...

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