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The Monuments Men (2014)

George Clooney produces, writes, directs and stars in this film, based on a true story, about a band of likeable brothers who storm Europe in order to salvage works of art from the nefarious grasp of the Nazis. The end of World War II is nigh but Frank Stokes (Clooney) argues that victory is meaningless…

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The Suburbanite

What is your full name? Robert Joseph Oscar Pisani. There that’s the first time my full name has been aired in public! If you had to lie about your age, how old would you be? Actually I’m pretty satisfied with my age (35 folks). In five years time I’ll start lying. Satan or Cthulhu? Neither…

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Diary of a Weepy Kid: her (2013)

Theodore’s face takes over the entire screen. He’s looking directly at us, eyes brimming with emotion: To my Chris, I have been thinking about how I could possibly tell you how much you mean to me. I remember when I first started to fall in love with you like it was last night. Lying naked…

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Robocop’s Daddy: My 9 Favourite Paul Verhoeven Films

Paul Verhoeven belongs to that rare species of filmmakers who made the transition from homegrown director to big budget Hollywood movie Meister without compromising much of his artistic and aesthetic panache. There were a couple of missteps along the way (most notably 2000′s Hollow Man) but on the whole he retained his artistic integrity throughout. Think of him…

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This Maltese Woman Knows: Kulħadd Ħalla Isem Warajh (2014)

You know those Romantics; always bitching at each others’ throats. For instance Keats, who didn’t like Coleridge much because he believed that he valued knowledge over beauty. Keats, for one, didn’t, and he married both splendidly in what at the time passed for #coleridgesucks: a letter. On the 21st of December 1817, he wrote to his…

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8 Horrors for my Valentine

The Loved Ones (2009) Director: Sean Byrne Actors: Xavier Samuel, Robin McLeavy, Victoria Thaine, Jessica McNamee, Richard Wilson, John Brumpton Story: Brent (Samuel) is not coping well with the loss of his father, six months earlier, in a freaky traffic accident. He alienates himself from his mother, and resorts to cannabis and self-mutilation to assuage…

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Daqqet ix-Xita (Plangent Rain)

    Il-ħames filmin fis-sensiela ‘filMalti’ se jkun ‘Daqqet ix-Xita’ ta’ Kenneth Scicluna. Dan il-filmat qasir se jintwera l-Ġimgħa, 7 ta’ Frar u l-attività tibda fis-6:00 ta’ filgħaxija. Wara se ssir diskussjoni; il-kelliema se jkunu Kenneth Scicluna nnifsu u Noel Tanti, li se jkun qed jippreżentalna analiżi u xi opinjonijiet). Check the facebook page HERE.

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American Hustle (2013)

David O Russell’s film is a stylish caper set during the 1970s, with a cast so consistently brilliant that you might want to borrow Christian Bale’s shades lest your brain melts. Irving Rosenberg (Christian Bale) and Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) are two con artists who besides being business partners are also lovers. Irving is however…

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Silent Sirens – Louise Brooks

Unfortunately, not all was bliss for little Louise. At nine years of age she was abused by a neighbour whom she later used to refer to as either “Mr Flowers” or “Mr Feathers”. To make matters worst, when she confessed it to her mother, the latter put the blame solely on her daughter, accusing her…