Review: The Beaver

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Starring: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence Director: Jodie Foster ‘You’re nothing without me, Walter. Nothing. I’m the only part of you that works.‘ After two years of severe depression, toy executive Walter Black retreats completely and begins communicating with his long-suffering family through a glove puppet. Meanwhile, his estranged elder son fights to avoid becoming his father. Having been trapped in limbo for over a year, waiting for the dust to settle on Mel Gibson’s public meltdown, The Beaver is finally released into the world. And it’s…

Counting Bullets: The Dirty Harry Movies

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The Sixties, with all of its commendable trumpeting of tolerance, restraint and free love was always going to be too good to last. Sooner or later there’s always a rebound and in Hollywood few movies represented that rebound better than 1971′s Dirty Harry. Peace, love and understanding proved to be no match for the most powerful handgun in the world and an actor who, at that time, was best known for playing a different kind of cowboy. The project had been floating around Hollywood for a few years by the…

Review: Stake Land

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Starring: Connor Paolo, Nick Damici, Kelly McGillis Director: Jim Mickle “I hate vamps.” America has been laid waste by a plague of vampirism, giving rise to scattered pockets of humanity trying to survive the growing number of infected. When young Martin loses his parents in a vampire attack, he is rescued and taken under the wing of a hardened drifter known only as Mister. The two travel north toward ‘New Eden’, adding to their number while trying to survive both the vampires and a ruthless Christian cult, known as The…

Review: Insidious

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Starring: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Lin Shaye, Barbara Hershey Director: James Wan ‘I went into Dalton’s room. There was something in there with him. It was standing in the corner.’ When the Lambert family move into their new home, their son Dalton falls into an unexplained coma. Soon after a series of strange occurrences force the family to flee, believing the house to be haunted. However, they soon discover that the malevolent forces attacking them are not connected to the house at all. The poster for Insidious reads…

Review: Hanna

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Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana Director: Joe Wright “What did your mother die of?” “Three bullets.” 16-year-old Hanna has been brought up in the wilds of Finland by her father, Erik, and trained as an assassin to prepare her for the day she is ready to leave and explore the world outside. When that day comes, Hanna finds herself hunted by intelligence agent Marissa, who is intent on stopping Hanna discovering the truth about herself. So, if you’ve ever wondered what an action movie made by a director…