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  • Chappie

    Chappie 2015

    ★★★ Watched 27 Mar, 2015

    Neill Blomkamp exploded onto the movie scene with his 2009 hit, District 9. The young director showed a visual style and flair that was fresh and new, whilst also deftly weaving a sci-fi story serving as an allegory for the racial and political struggles of South Africa. Elysium, his sophomore effort, showed that the director's style was still in full force, however the story was lacking and never managed to reach the heights of its predecessor. So there is a…

  • Focus

    Focus 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 28 Feb, 2015

    Focus Review:

    Will Smith was once considered a sure win. Just his presence in a film's cast would guarantee box office success. From punching aliens in Independence Day to causing slow motion explosions in Bad Boys, his natural charm and charisma was enough to fill theatres the world over. But let's face it, Will Smith hasn't been on the top of his game for a while now. With duds like After Earth and Men in Black 3, the Smith appeal…

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  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 07 Aug, 2014

    I'm not going to lie. I've been looking forward to this movie ever since I heard it was going to be made. As titbits of casting news and story details were slowly revealed, my excitement steadily grew, with the trailers building the hype up to such a frenzy that I began to worry there was no way that Guardians could live up to its potential. I mean this is a story about a relatively unknown group of heroes that features…

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2014

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 03 Aug, 2014

    There's a lot to like about Dawn. Like a lot of great sequels, the themes are a lot darker than its predecessor, and that in itself lends an emotional weight to the proceedings, adding to the feeling that there is a lot at stake to the events that unfold on-screen.

    There is a more focus on the apes this time around, and the perfect marriage of technical wizardry coupled with nuanced motion performance allows the film-maker to create scenes that…