Reviews

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      Upstream Color (5/10)


        Shane Caruth wrote, directed and acted in his debut movie Primer, which is quite an intriguing film. Upstream Color is his second movie, nine years later, which he again wrote, directed and stars in.

        The first hour or so the movie goes down various tracks whilst nothing is obvious, nothing is explained, and not a lot is clear as to what is going on and why. This initially makes for an interesting and somewhat suspenseful enigma: it keeps you trying to figure out how things connect and where this might lead.


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      Cronos (4/10)


        I am not sure how I feel about this movie – Guillermo del Toro’s directorial debut and ‘Grand Prize’ Winner at Cannes 1993, about a magical device that can grant eternal life.

        It starts out fairly interesting and the first half sets out teh relavtn characters and builds a decent plotline, even if the movie is incredibly slow.


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      A Hard Day (7/10)


        A little-known but fun thriller from South Korea.

        A corrupt cop gets entangled in a web of his own making. And in someone else’s web too. It’s just one of those days where everything and everyone seems against you.


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      Extracted (7/10)


        Extracted is a small budget movie about a scientists who invents a way of entering people’s minds as an observer. When he is asked to use his invention to find out whether a criminal suspect is guilt or not, things get complicated. Could or should he become more than just an observer?


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      Debug (5/10)


        If you enjoy horror, Cube is a low budget cult classic definitely worth watching. David Hewlett acted in Cube and has now directed Debug, a sci-fi horror movie.


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      Kill the Messenger (7/10)


        I always felt Jeremy Renner to be a B-list actor who got lucky. The Hurt Locker was great, but I thought that was more down to the script and photography than Renner’s acting; Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters was just a fun watch but too silly to remember, his role in The Avengers is fairly irrelevant, and The Bourne Legacy was just a disappointing movie all around.


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      Big Hero 6 (8/10)


        It starts out as and animated version of Real Steel with robot fights, followed by the introduction of a Scooby-Doo-like quest, but not before they throw in a bit of Pixar-like emotions to set everything up. And then away she goes – a great action movie for kids of all ages!


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      Timecrimes (6/10)


        A low-budget Spanish time travel mystery.

        If you have seen various time travel movies, be it a comedy like Back to the Future, an action movie like Looper, a sci-fi like Primer, or a love story like About Time, you’ll know that the fun or interesting bits come from paradoxes created by multiple timelines or realities.


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      Whiplash (8/10)


        An ambitious drummer goes to a prestigious conservatory where he meets an even more ambitious teacher. Which one of them turns out to be the bigger musical genious, the bigger egotistical maniac, or the arrogantly victorious hero in the end…?

        The script is very tight and narrowly focused – probably fair to call it myopic – on these two leads. All other characters are just there in support of strengthening the focus on the battle between these two characters.


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