(L-R) BILL MURRAY and JAEDEN LIEBERHER star in ST. VINCENT

St Vincent (2014)

Theodore Melfi’s debut is a heartwarming if predictable feature starring Bill Murray as the titular ‘Saint’, in a role that begs for Mr Murray to have his own adjective, one that describes these endearing misanthropes that the actor interprets so well. Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher) and his mum Maggie (Melissa McCarthy) move to a new neighbourhood next door…

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Revival (2014)

Despite him being a household name with something like 50 bestselling novels under his belt, it’s still somewhat of an event when Stephen King releases a new novel, and with Revival, his latest, the fanfare is justified. It’s 1962, and Jamie Morton is outside playing with his toy soldiers. The ominous shadow of the new…

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Sullied flesh that melts: Jutta Heim (2014)

F’dak l-appartament ta’ żewġt ikmamar Erik Xerri reġa’ sab l-imħabba waqt li tilef is-sens ta’ ħin u ta’ żmien, u għal mumenti sa tilef is-sens ta’ spazju wkoll għax tant ħassu mqanqal li nesa li kien f’art oħra. L-imħabba ta’ art barranija differenti minn dik ta’ daru, l-istess bħas-skiet u r-riħa tal-kutri. Donnu anki d-dlam…

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Il-Kantilena: Karba ta’ 500 sena, Karba ta’ Żmienna (2014)

Reuben Pace’s multi-disciplinary interpretation of Pietru Caxaru’s Kantilena infused Malta’s oldest surviving poem with immediacy, vibrancy and flourish, vindicating its universal concerns on a Baroque stage, in a contemporaneous setting. Kantilena is a lament about a very human apprehension, that of becoming one’s own man or woman, of leaving a temporal mark in one’s own surroundings, and about…

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Paddington (2014)

Paul King‘s Paddington is a disarmingly charming film that packs enough cuteness, rollicking set-pieces and tongue-in-cheek humour to engage both children and accompanying adults. Paddington (voiced by Ben Whishaw) leaves the lush forests of darkest Peru to find a home in London, marvelous tales of which he had heard from his Uncle Pastuzo (Michael Gambon)…

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Fury (2014)

David Ayer directs a compact, husky war film with a brilliant cast and some stunning armored behemoth choreography but is ultimately marred by a lazy narrative that relies on conventional characters and cliched story-telling. Don “Wardaddy” Collier (Brad Pitt) helms the five-men crew of a US Army tank called Fury. The assistant driver/bow gunner has been killed in…

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Halloween II (2009)

Rob Zombie continues where he left off, delivering a stunning film that belongs to that rare category of sequels which are better than their predecessors. After shooting Michael (Tyler Mane), Laurie (Scout Taylor-Compton) walks off and is picked up by Sheriff Brackett (Brad Dourif). His daughter Annie (Danielle Harris) and Dr Samuel Loomis (Malcolm McDowell) are severely…

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Halloween (2007)

Rob Zombie‘s Halloween is part remake, part re-imagining, striking a balance between the old and the new, keeping enough of the original without letting it impede his own vision of the story. Michael (Daeg Faerch) is a neglected ten year-old boy who is bullied at school. Having had enough, he bludgeons a bully to death on…

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Halloween: Resurrection (2002)

Director Rick Rosenthal returns on board to direct the final installment of the Halloween franchise, 21 years after he helmed the first sequel to John Carpenter‘s classic. Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) is in a mental institution, struck by guilt at having killed an innocent man whom she believed to be her serial killing brother Michael Myers (Brad…