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…

Bigger on the Inside: Why I Love Doctor Who

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There are some things that you bring with you from childhood, some things that you just never grow out of. Tantrums, laughing at farts and pulling stupid faces, to name but a few. But for me, and for many of us Brits, there is also Doctor Who. The 50th Anniversary of this very British sci-fi show is fast approaching (okay, it’s still two years away, but when you’re nearly 50 that isn’t very long). With such a lengthy life there are very few these days who didn’t grow up with…

Review: The Tunnel

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Starring: Bel Deliá, Andy Rodoreda, Steve Davis, Luke Arnold Director: Carlo Ledesma A journalist and her team descend into the labyrinth of abandoned tunnels underneath Sydney to investigate a series of disappearances and discover why a planned government project which would have used the tunnels was called off. Deep into their journey, with light sources running out, the group discover that something is hunting them. Forget 3D. Could this be the future of movie-making? The Tunnel was financed using a crowd-funded scheme, the 135k project, with people offered the chance…

Review: The Way Back

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Starring: Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess, Saoirse Ronan, Colin Farrell Director: Peter Weir It is 1941 and Polish political prisoner Janusz leads an escape from one of Josef Stalin’s Russian gulags in Siberia. The eclectic group go on the run and begin an epic 4,000 mile walk to India and freedom, determined to survive both the rough terrain, harsh elements and passage through the vast Communist territories ahead of them. Director Peter Weir has often shown a fascination with tales of mankind against the elements, be it the Central American jungles…

Top Ten: Movie Fight Scenes

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Violence is a funny thing. Few of us actually enjoy participating in it, but most of us will at some point thoroughly enjoy watching it in a movie. Ah, the magical catharsis of cinema! The movies are replete with scenes of battle. Fight scenes are the meat and potatoes of the action genre, and most thrillers will either end on one or throw a couple in somewhere. Picking only ten was always going to leave this list with a whole heap of contenders unfairly cast aside, but there’s no way…