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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

A perfectly-paced sequel, 'Catching Fire' might just be the 'Empire Strikes Back' of young adult fiction films. The action begins as Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour" of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow (Donald Sutherland) prepares the 75th Annual Hunger...

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Filth

Filth is so desperate to prove it's KER-AZY! that it smothers what could be an alternately entertaining and disturbing look a man in the process of slowly unravelling. Still, the extremity of the source material and standout performance from James McAvoy may be enough to win over less finicky audiences… (more...)

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42

A smart, effective and well played out sports biopic that proves to be a timely reminder of the challenges faced by sports stars in the not-so-distant past. (more...)

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Rush

It's hard to describe what it is about grown men racing around a track for a couple of hours that is so exhilarating for the average Formula One groupie. Rush, brilliantly, does the job for us fans.   (more...)

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One Direction: This is Us

The film does achieve one thing... you'll be able to pick out at least three of the five members of the band out from a crowd. (more...)

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Elysium

Three great sci-fi ideas add up to one mediocre film in Neill Blomkamp's follow up to 'District 9'. (more...)

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The Lone Ranger

You can sometimes tell a lot about a film by the signs that precede it. A fact Tonto himself may well appreciate. This film has been dogged by budget concerns, freak weather, rumours of re-edits and bad early buzz. Most of which Tonto presumably does not appreciate. (more...)

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Only God Forgives

Nicolas Winding Refn's latest offering presents his usual mix of vivid colours, hyper-violence and impressive actors, but the navel-gazing tone and meandering non-plot makes this particularly pretentious outing something of a damp squib. (more...)

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The Conjuring

The formula established in Insidious and Sinister is kept firmly in place for this outing, and the frights are certainly on a par with the earlier films. The only problem is the nagging feeling that there is some originality lacking this time around. Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville.  Based on a true story, “The Conjuring” tells the horrifying tale of how renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren  were called upon to help a family terrorised by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse.  Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves...

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From Up On Poppy Hill

Studio Ghibli fans will love this gentle story of first love and growing up in troubled times. Audiences less versed in the not-so-magical side of the Ghibli repertoire may find 'From Up On Poppy Hill' a little slow, but by the time the credits roll there won't be a dry eye in the house. This is pure, poignant and moving storytelling from an increasingly potent father-son combo. (more...)

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