Monthly Archives March 2014

Divergent

Divergent - quad poster, Shailene Woodley, Theo JamesDirector: Neil Burger

Writers: Evan Daugherty, Vanessa Taylor

Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Ashley Judd, Tony Goldwyn, Jai Courtney, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ben Lloyd-Hughes

Cert: 12

Running time: 139mins

Year: 2014

The lowdown: For those in need of a Hunger Games style hit; this adaptation of Veronica Roth’s bestseller will hit the sweet spot. In a post-apocalyptic war Chicago, people are divided into five rigid ‘factions’, based on their personalities. Anyone who doesn’t fit into a faction – like Beatrice “Tris” Prior (Shailene Woodley) – is classed as ‘divergent’ and thus a potential danger to the state. While attempting to hide her true nature, Tris exposes the sinister side of her seemingly perfect society...

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The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears

The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears - posterDirectors: Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani

Writers: Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani

Cast: Klaus Tange, Ursula Bedena, Joe Koener

Cert: 18

Running time: 99mins

Year: 2013

The lowdown: After their five star debut Amer, Belgian directing duo Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani return with this second giallo inspired thriller. Experts at riffing on the look and feel of those 60s and 70s Italian murder mysteries, Cattet and Forzani construct another visually sumptuous, darkly sexual and graphically violent mind scramble, following the misadventures of a man searching for his missing wife in a Belgian apartment building. Brilliant and frustrating, but maybe time for the Belgian directors to bring a little emotion to their precise, beautiful formalism.

The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears - black gloves, faceThe Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears - face, blood spatter

The full verdict: At one time the gial...

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Cheap Thrills

Cheap Thrills - posterDirector: E.L. Katz

Writers: David Chirchillo, Trent Haaga

Cast: Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, David Koechner, Sara Paxton

Cert: 18

Running time: 88mins

Year: 2013

The lowdown: With thrills to die for, there’s nothing cheap about this viciously entertaining chiller. Debuting director E.L. Katz and writers Dave Chirchirillo and Trent Haaga have concocted a riveting endurance marathon which pits two old school friends against each in a gruelling game of cash prize one-upmanship.  Imagine I’m A Celebrity but with more dismemberment for a hint of what’s in store, and despite the presence of Anchorman’s Dave Koechner as the sadistic ringleader the laughs here are frequently replaced with gasps of shock. Funny Games for the recession generation.

Cheap Thrills - Pat HealyCheap Thrills - David Koechner, Ethan Embry, violence

The full verdict: Home invasion films are ...

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