Words by Jeff Galasso It would be tempting to label Act of Valour (or Valor, as the Yanks would say) as Call of Duty: Modern Cinema, and while there is no denying that this film has almost certainly been green-lit of the back of the success such [...]
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Words by Jeff Galasso Contraband is Hollywood’s latest European-based remake, as Iceland’s 2008 film Reykjavik – Rotterdam has been America-fied for English-speaking audiences. Directed by the original version’s star, Baltasar Kormákur, Contraband stars Mark Walhberg as a reformed smuggler forced to rejoin his funky bunch of accomplices to pull off an [...]
Words by Jeff Galasso Denzel Washington dons an evil goatee while low-rung CIA operative Ryan Reynolds attempts to keep him in secure custody and out of the hands of a mysterious third-party in Safe House. Directed by Daniel Espinosa, the film written by the inexperience David [...]
Words by Jeff Galasso Young Adult marks Jason Reitman’s first film since 2009’s critically acclaimed Up in the Air. Written by Juno’s Diablo Cody, the dramedy centred on CharlizeTheron’s emotionally stunted ghost-writer initially appears to be fitting companion piece to Reitman’s powerful depiction of a career-dedicated life. However, [...]
Words by Jeff Galasso Those looking for a high-charged dose of intensity (!) need look no further than Liam Neeson’s new survival thriller The Grey. The Alaskan set showdown between man and animal is a grim display of the forces of nature, whilst questioning the nature [...]
Wuthering Heights is director Andrea Arnold’s raw take on Emily Brontë’s novel. Stripped of most of the book’s dialogue, lacking a score and utilising non-actors for all but a few select roles, Arnold’s work here is risky and while it succeeds on a whole, the [...]