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West of Memphis

Peter Jackson might be spending more time in Middle Earth than the real world right now, but for the past few years he has been one of the driving forces behind this affecting documentary about a shocking miscarriage of justice that cuts right to the core of the US legal system. (more...)

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Life of Pi

The story of Pi Patel will, according to one character, make you believe in God. Whether or not this is true you'll have to judge for yourselves, but this expansive tale certainly has hidden depths beneath its stunning visuals and immersive 3D. (more...)

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Smashed

Aaron Paul and Mary Elizabeth Winstead star a perennially smashed couple Charlie and Kate, whose lives are a blur of sloshed silliness; that is, until Kate decides to make a change... Paul and Winstead make a good go of capturing the highs and lows of the lower middle-class couple locked in a cycle of escapist drinking. For all their obvious flaws, they're both consistently likeable, and bring a certain degree of comedy to the largely sincere tone of the film. They're helped massively by the endeavours of Nick Offerman (Ron Swanson, for 'Parks and Rec' fans) whose performance as Kate's colleague...

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Never has a subtitle been more apt. Who would have expected the short story from Tolkien to be split into 3 films each looking to be nearly 3 hours long? But then again, this is Peter Jackson we're talking about... (more...)

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I, Anna

Charlotte Rampling stars in her sons feature film debut, an adaptation of a psychological thriller than promises twists, turns, mental anguish and a grim vision of alienated London life. The story centres on Anna (Rampling), a middle-aged singleton who divides her day between a job at a central London department store and a small flat. Only visits from her daughter and granddaughter add flavour to her increasingly jaded life. Equally jaded is experienced detective Bernie Reid (Gabriel Byrne). But when he leaves a council estate crime scene, he spots Anna, and a chance to revive his own ailing...

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Seven Psychopaths

Martin McDonagh, the man behind the acclaimed 'In Bruges', returns with another dark and delicious idea. But with the focus on a writer and his story, the potential for a convoluted meta-flick with second movie syndrome looms large. Perhaps returning lead Colin Farrell and talented co-stars Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken can help McDonagh dodge the bullet... (more...)

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End of Watch

L.A. has provided the backdrop for far too many cop films to count and for a new film to enter the pantheon of the truly great L.A. cop films it has to provide something that is original, compelling and hopefully unique. (more...)

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Rust and Bone

Jacques Audiard has a repertoire to be reckoned with. Aside from 'A Prophet', there's 'The Beat That My Heart Skipped'to prove his prowess at interesting and intense drama. Not to mention his skill at nurturing top performances from his leads. (more...)

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Argo

Ben Affleck again flexes his directorial and acting muscles in this taut drama based on a true story that beggars belief. (more...)

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Skyfall

The origins of Bond are the subject of this highly fitting 50th Anniversary release to mark Britain’s ultimate spy character. (more...)

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