• 'Serpent': Two people, one snake and coiled tension

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    Often life does not lead us down the road we’ve planned and filmmaker – Amanda Evans, knows this all too well. Her debut feature film, the taut psychological thriller - ‘Serpent’, which was chosen as the official opening night screening of the Durban International Film Festival (Thursday, 13 July 2017), is most definitely not what she originally imagined would catapult her into the public cinematic eye!

  • A Family Man: Tear-jerking reality

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    I don’t know whether it was my mood, but Gerard Butler’s performance as Dane Jensen – the self-absorbed, work-obsessed husband who had no ostensible time for his family, really hit home making the movie an absolute tear-jerker

  • Amara Kaaviyam (2014): A tale of immortal love

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    Directed by Jeeva Shankar ‘Amara Kaaviyam’ is a heart-wrenching tale of a love that was doomed from the start

  • Baby Driver: Adrenaline-pumping, music-driven action

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    Kingpin – Doc, doesn’t use the same operatives twice except for ‘Baby’ (Ansel Elgort) whose skill behind the wheel would leave the ‘Fast & Furious’ team in the dust. Appearances deceive and much to the angst of the various crew members it seems as if Baby is only interested in the music on his iPod and not the details of the heists… how wrong they are proven to be! [I am certainly not going to give away any secrets – this is for you to discover for yourselves by popping down to the cinema – aw]

  • Danny Collins (2015) is an absolute winner

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    It's been with bated breath that I have been waiting to write this review. Writer/director Dan Foreman has created a film which, although based on a true event, is a fictionalised tale filled with pathos of a musician who has allowed fame to muck up his life and is given a second chance... NOT TO BE MISSED! (Pic: (c) 2014 Danny Collins Productions LLC. All Rights Reserved.)

  • Detroit: Gut-wrenching and powerful

    Katherine Bigelow’s rendition of the 1967 police brutality in Detroit is a gut-wrenchingly powerful film which should cause even the hardest of hearts to question the actions and superior attitudes of the perpetrators. As a director, Katherine takes the viewer into the heart of the city where racism is rife and the innocent are presumed to be guilty.

  • Gone Girl (2014)is a rollercoaster ride in suspense

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    It’s not often that I get to see a movie which has so many twists and turns, red herrings and most of all keeps you guessing till the very end. ‘Gone Girl’ does just that and more… it’s FABULOUS!

  • GPSA Movie Review: Mommy (2014)

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    Being a single mom and bringing up a child is difficult in itself… but, an extra dimension is added when that child is uncontrollable. Canadian director – Xavier Dolan, has provided a depth of insight which proves that he has a magnificent career in film in the years to come. 'Mommy' is a definite MUST SEE

  • GPSA Movie Review: Tell Me Sweet Something (2014)

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    Theodore Witcher’s début feature film ‘Love Jones’ (1997), inspired Akin Omotso’s cinematic journey of woven stories reflecting intrinsically African life. ‘Tell Me Sweet Something’ – a love story focusing on an aspiring novelist with writer’s block and a celebrity model in the centre of the bustling metropolis of Johannesburg, is the core of the tale.  Travel with me and discover the stimulus which set Akin on his path

  • Great Beauty (La Grande Belezza – 2013): A cynical view of Society

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    Winner of ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ at the 86th Academy Awards (2014) ‘Great Beauty (La Grande Belezza)’ - a tale of ambition, greed and delusion is currently showing at Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau countrywide

  • Interstellar (2014): An enthralling space epic

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    Director Christopher Nolan has created a ‘stellar’ epic which provides an innovative alternative to traditional views of alien life, mankind’s future on earth and interstellar travel

  • Jérôme Salle’s City of Violence is gritty and real

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    French director - Jérôme Salle, takes the viewer on a journey to the underbelly of crime which pulsates in Cape Town of the 1990s complemented by the violence and turmoil which predominate before the dawning of the Mandela’s release in ‘City of Violence’ aka ‘Zulu’ which opens on South African screens this weekend (3 October 2014)

  • Jon Favreau’s ‘Chef’ (2014) titillates the palate

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    Written, directed and starring Jon Favreau, ‘Chef’ is a foodie delight

  • Luc Besson’s Lucy (2014) is no brainless bimbo

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     As humans we only use a fraction of our brain … the potential is there, what would happen if we were able to harness all that power? This is the question posed in Luc Besson’s fantabulous mix of fact and fiction, ‘Lucy’ starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman (Pic: © Universal Pictures)

  • Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix face hard times in The Immigrant (2013)

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    It is really a challenging feat to take audience members away from the 21st Century to an era of alcoholic prohibition, the hardships of poverty especially for a refugee resulting in the dire need to do absolutely anything to get that next penny … and keep them enrapt. And that’s the power evoked by the spell-binding performances of Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix under the direction of James Gray (who co-wrote the screenplay with Richard Menello)

  • Mark Wahlberg is superb as ‘The Gambler’ (2014)

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    Rupert Wyatt’s tale of an English Professor by day and high-stakes gambler by night is guaranteed to keep you captivated until the very last minutes of your screening. Mark Wahlberg’s portrayal of Jim Bennett is such that, even though his monetary losses are enough to churn your stomach, you are still rooting for this anti-hero

  • Review: Her (2013)

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    Director and screenwriter - Spike Jonze, has created a novel, futuristic movie based on the premise of an evolving, intelligent operating system which is the ultimate answer for lonely people – ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!! 

  • Selma (2014): Oyelowo breathes life into an icon

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    This is an absolutely magnificent rendition of a piece of American history which draws you into the world of segregation, violence and intolerance. This is a film, which I believe every South African, African … in fact everybody should see. David Oyelowo (born in England but of Nigerian descent) breathes life into Martin Luther King jnr, a man who changed the face of the rights of Black Americans believing that violence was not the answer to solving problems. Selma opens on SA screens this Friday 6 Feb 2015 (Pic courtesy United International Pictures)

  • Spare a thought for … Girl Rising (2013)

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    Spare a thought for a girl who doesn’t have a chance to receive an education… is it the fault of a nation? Religion, poverty, war or tradition? ‘Girl Rising’, directed by Richard Robbins, is a powerful testament to girls throughout the world who have to fight for their rights whether it be education or merely recognition that they are an important cog in the formation of the economies of the world

  • Suffragette (2015): Standing Up For The Right To Vote

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    Director – Sarah Gavron,who  has always been fascinated by a narrative (a tale which chronicles events), has evolved from the making of documentaries (her initial foray into the world of film) to the creation of a full-length feature films which are fictionalized and yet grounded in fact. 'Suffragette' is an eye-opener of note and Sarah has created just the right mix of fact and fiction to hold you spell-bound till the closing minutes