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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),…

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Three Reasons Why Hannibal Is A Great Show

Hannibal Lecter Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) is a human hyperbole, a cold, calculating and vicious character whose murderous pathology seems to elevate rather than demean him. His cannibalistic practices run counter to several beliefs which consider the consumption of human flesh as a ritual whereby the devourer assimilates the characteristics inherent in the prey. Dr…

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Intrusion of a Body Harvester: Under the Skin (2013)

  Under the Skin, Jonathan Glazer’s much-awaited follow-up to the amazing Birth (2004), is one of those films that are a lot easier on the mind than on the eye. They’re fun to talk about, less so having to actually sit through. Alternating between the brilliant and the boring, it constantly threatens to collapse under…

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The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Wes Anderson‘s new film pitches the director’s distinctive aesthetic against a screwball comedy the-kind-of-which-they-don’t-do-anymore, to create what is certainly one of the funniest movies of the year. An elderly Zero Moustafa (F Murray Abraham) recalls how in his younger days as a lobby boy (played by Tony Revolori) at the majestic Grand Budapest Hotel, he was…

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The Double (2013)

Richard Ayoade‘s second feature is yet another literary adaptation, this time of The Double, a Fyodor Dostoevsky novella about a government employee who goes bonkers. Simon James (Jesse Eisenberg) is as humdrum as they come. He works as a clerk within an organisation that seems to employ only severe geriatric cases. Besides him, the youngest employee is Hannah (Mia…

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X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

Director Bryan Singer returns to helm the latest installment of a cinematic franchise that he helped to launch way back in 2000. With X-Men: Days of Future Past, he shows that he is still the finest chronicler of tales of mutants. In a violent dystopian prelude, we see X-Men (and X-Women) being mercilessly exterminated by Sentinels, robots who…

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The Beautiful and the Bland: La Grande Bellezza (2013)

I am damnably sick of Italy, Italian and Italians, outrageously, illogically sick…. I hate to think that Italians ever did anything in the way of art…. What did they do but illustrate a page or so of the New Testament! They themselves think they have a monopoly in the line. I am dead tired of…

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Godzilla (2014)

Gareth Edwards’s take at updating and rebooting the Godzilla franchise succeeds on many levels: as a corny family drama, as an expensive B-movie, as a monsterfest, an environmental cautionary tale and as a no-holds-barred, unapologetic, adrenaline-fuelled piece of action cinema. Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston), a nuclear physicist and engineer at the Janjira nuclear plant, notices…