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12 Years A Slave

12 Years A Slave - Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, quad posterDirector: Steve McQueen

Writer: John Ridley

Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lupita Nyong’o, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti

Cert: 15

Running time: 133mins

Year: 2013

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The lowdown: Extraordinary, compelling and appalling, 12 Years a Slave sets the bar high for cinema in 2014. Recounting the true story of Solomon Northup, a free African American kidnapped and sold into slavery in the Louisiana of the antebellum South, it may stand as the definitive cinematic statement on the slave experience. An electric cast headed up by Chiwetel Ejiofor as Northup and including Michael Fassbender and Benedict Cumberbatch, vividly bring this tragic chapter in America’s history to life.

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The full verdict: After the hollow Hunger and the farcical Shame British director Steve...

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2013 – Rewind and Re-View

With the calendar now reading 2014, what better time to look back at movies in the year that was 2013?

Beginning with…

WORST FILM – OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN
2013 Review - Olympus Has Fallen
In any normal year Diana would have been hands-down the worst film 2013 birthed sideways. But, this was the year Gerard Butler decided he could do “Die Hard in the White House” with Olympus Has Fallen. The result was a Daily Mail fever dream of rampaging foreigners, scheming politicos and justified torture. Even worse was the fact the film made money.

BEST “I’VE SOMETHING IN MY EYE” MOMENT – CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
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Spoiler alert – look away now if you haven’t seen Captain Phillips. And go see Captain Phillips...

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Captain Phillips

Captain Phillips - poster, Tom HanksDirector: Paul Greengrass

Cast: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Addirahman, Faysal Ahmed, Mahat M Ali, Michael Cherums, Catherine Keener

Cert: 12A

Running Time: 134 mins

Year: 2013

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The lowdown: Batten down the hatches for this nail-biting biopic, boasting an Oscar-baiting return to form from everyone’s favourite everyman Tom Hanks. Recreating the five days in April 2009 when Somali pirates boarded US container ship Maesk Alabama and took its Captain Richard Phillips hostage. United 93 director Paul Greengrass once again crafts a taut thriller around a real-life crisis without sacrificing authenticity or humanity.

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The verdict: Anyone expecting an Uncle Sam vs. The Savages set-up will be disappointed. Tub-thumping political agendas are resisted...

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