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The Voice Thief (2013)

Adan Jodorowsky, son of the famous Chilean director, directs a little baroque gem of a film based on a story written by his father, featuring revered cats, transgender a cappella midgets and a quest. Naya (Asia Argento), an opera singer, blames the critical thrashing she received for her last performance on her husband Noev (Cristobal…

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Contending with the fretful elements: King Lear (2014)

Many are those who argue that King Lear is hands down William Shakespeare‘s best play. Personally, I much prefer sojourning in Elsinore or Inverness or Alexandria than in a desolate heath in England; but I would have to be twice a coxcomb to stay bickering about greatestness in the midst of such colossal works of art. In a way, when…

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How to Train your Dragon 2 (2014)

In this sequel to the 2010 adaptation of Cressida Cowell‘s How to Train your Dragon book series, director Dean DeBlois revisits the vibrant land of vikings and dragons, in a tale that has more heart than plot. Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Astrid (America Ferrera) come across the remains of a fort buried underneath what appears to be…

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Devil’s Knot (2013)

Atom Egoyan, one of the key Canadian directors, returns to the big screen with Devil’s Knot, a low key, somewhat prosaic rendition of the infamous events surrounding the death of three little boys, in what is known as the West Memphis Three case. Everything happens in 1993, when Pamela Hobbs (Reese Witherspoon) allows her young…

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Nymphomaniac: Vol. 2 (2013)

Lars Von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac: Vol. 2 ditches the untroubled, carefree approach that characterised much of the former volume, in order to delve deep inside the dark and disturbing recesses of Joe’s (Charlotte Gainsbourg) odyssey. Joe had her first orgasm during a school trip where she had a vision of Messalina and the Whore of Babylon. Seligman…

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Oculus (2013)

Mike Flanagan‘s Oculus is a breath of fresh, menacing air in the midst of a genre that is as much loved as it is abused by filmmakers who think that it’s all about making people jump in their seats. Kaylie (Karen Gillan) has been looking for a mirror that belonged to her family ever since,…

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Bad Neighbours (2014)

Bad Neighbours is a sour concoction with equal parts Judd Apatow, Bobby and Peter Farrelly, an awful script and dismal jokes; just about redeemed, but not enough to be ultimately saved, by Zac Efron‘s and Dave Franco‘s performance, whose comic camaraderie sustains this abomination for an hour and a half. Mac and Kelly Radner (Seth…

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3 Days to Kill (2014)

McG‘s rom-com thriller is an enjoyable film that revels in its own clichés; unpretentious and ‘cool’ enough to make it palatable for the masses without however succumbing into wrist-slitting boredom. Ethan Renner (Kevin Costner) is an experienced CIA agent on his way out. He has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and wants to spend the rest of…

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The Other Woman (2014)

The Other Woman, despite a rather interesting premise, is as uninspiring as they come, a predictably pedantic rom-com which is neither romantic nor funny. Mark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is a handsome, happily married, serial cheater. Carly (Cameron Diaz), his latest flame, gets to know about his wife Kate (Leslie Mann) after an embarrassing booty call gone…

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Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1 (2013)

Lars Von Trier‘s ultra-hyped foray into the ways and byways of sex addiction (a term I use with lots of reservation) is anything but a kinky romp, focusing instead on one woman’s struggle to come to terms with her excessive nature in the midst of an empty life. Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård) finds Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg),…