Review: Buried

Starring: Ryan Reynolds Director: Rodrigo Cortés Iraq based Truck driver Paul Conroy wakes up in the dark. He flicks on his lighter to find himself buried in a wooden coffin, with a cell phone and a torch. What follows is a race against time as Paul tries desperately to find out why he is there, and get himself rescued. The last movie I reviewed was Devil, a movie set almost entirely in an elevator. Almost entirely, that is. Going one step further, Buried manages to contain its entire 90-minute running…

Review: Devil

Starring: Chris Messina, Logan Marshall-Green, Jenny O’Hara. Director: John Erik Dowdle. Writer: Brian Nelson. On a particularly gloomy day in Philadelphia, five unrelated people get trapped in an office building elevator. As the security teams, and a jaded cop, watch them on a camera and try to get to them out, the group of five find themselves being picked off one-by-one. Someone in that elevator is not who they say they are. Is The Devil in disguise? M. Night Shyamalan’s reputation has taken some heavy knocks over the last few…

Review: The Hole

The Hole Starring: Chris Massoglia, Haley Bennett, Nathan Gamble, Teri Polo, Bruce Dern Director: Joe Dante Newly arrived in the small town of Bensonville, brothers Dane and Lucas discover a seemingly bottomless hole in the basement of their new house. Shortly after opening the trapdoor which covers the hole, strange things begin to creep out, playing on the fears of whoever stares down into the darkness. Welcome back, Mr Dante. Where on earth have you been? It’s been seven years since the cinema last saw a Joe Dante movie, and…

Review: Monsters

Monsters Starring: Whitney Able, Scoot McNairy Director: Gareth Edwards The alien invasion movie is as much a staple of modern cinema as the rom com. Usually they are big-budget, fire and brimstone affairs, complete with the destruction of one or more major cities and a sky full of fireworks. Gareth Edwards first feature eschews the usual pyrotechnics and instead uses the presence of aliens on Earth as the backdrop to a simpler, more human story. Six years after alien creatures have arrived on Earth, specifically in an area which separates…

Review: The American

The American Starring: George Clooney, Violante Placido, Irina Björklund, Thekla Reuten, Johan Leysen, Paolo Bonacelli. Director: Anton Corbijn The poster for The American would seem to promise the viewer another gun-toting action movie, but the reality of George Clooney’s latest is quite different. The American is essentially an inaction movie and one that is none-the-poorer for it. Photographer Anton Corbijn’s follow-up to his debut, Control, is the anti-Bourne. Much more European art house than American blockbuster, the movie focuses on lone assassin Jack as he hides out from unknown pursuers…