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Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: 12 Angry Men

Director: Sidney Lumet

Writer: Reginald Rose

Cast: Henry Fonda, Lee. J Cobb, E.G. Marshall, Jack Warden, Joseph Sweeney, Ed Begley, George Voskovec, Martin Balsam, John Fielder, Jack Klugman, Edward Binns, Robert Webber

Cert: U (extras PG)

Running time: 96 mins

Year: 1957

Film: medium_5

What’s the story: 11 men on a jury believe a young man guilty of first degree murder, for which he’ll receive the death penalty. One juror has doubts.

What’s the verdict: When weather turned bad on location for She Wore A Yellow Ribbon, an assistant to director John Ford asked what could they shoot now. Ford replied, “…the most interesting and exciting thing in the world: a human face.”

12 Angry Men boasts a gallery of interesting, exciting faces. And not just the jurors’...

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The Gunman

The-Gunman---Sean-Penn,-posterDirector: Pierre Morel

Writers: Don MacPherson, Pete Travis, Jean-Patrick Manchette (novel)

Cast: Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, Ray Winstone, Mark Rylance, Idris Elba, Jasmine Trinca

Cert: 15

Running time: 115mins

Year: 2015


The lowdown: It’s the Sean Identity, or The Bourne I-Penn-tity, with this overly-familiar, surprise free espionage actioner. Penn is Jim Terrier, an ex-Special Forces military contractor in the Congo who moonlights as an assassin for big corporations. Exiled after killing the Congolese Mining Minister, Terrier is forced back to his old life years later when his black op team mates start turning up dead. Taken director Pierre Morel is on board to do for Sean what he did for Liam Neeson, but it’s a hollow misfire.


The full verdict: Really it should be little surpri...

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15 Five Star Movies You May Have Forgotten

One of the nicer problems for the first world film fan is not only making time to watch all the movies now available, but also remembering them.

With all year round blockbusters dazzling the eyes it is easy to forget those movies that fired the brain cells and stimulated the imagination in the way the best cinema does.

So, in salute to those special movies that deserve the all five stars yet may have been clouded by a decade of sound and fury or simply slipped under the radar, here are 15 five star movies made since 2000 you may want to reacquaint yourself with.

In the Mood for Love (2000)
The plot: In Hong Kong, 1962 a man and woman living in the same apartment building discover their respective spouses are having an affair and begin a tentative relationship themselves.

Why 5 stars: Cin...

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The Dyatlov Pass Incident

Dyatlov Pass Incident - quad posterDirector: Renny Harlin

Cast: Holly Goss, Matt Stokoe, Gemma Atkinson, Richard Reid, Luke Albright

Cert: 15

Running time: 100mins

Year: 2013

The lowdown: The Blair Witch Project gets a middle budget makeover in Renny Harlin’s fun horror adventure.  A group of college kids investigate a real-life mystery from 1959 about the violent, unexplained death of skiers in the Ural mountains. Mixing ghost story unease with bizarre plot twists, this is surely the most bonkers explanation of what may have occurred and knows not to take itself seriously.  A largely British cast works well with the elements and American accents, while Die Hard 2 director Harlin again proves he should be trusted with bigger budgets.

Dyatlov Pass Incident - Gemma Atkinson, Matt Stokoe, Holly Goss, group shotDyatlov Pass Incident - 1959 group shot

The full verdict: Nothing strikes fear in the heart more than the phrase “found foo...

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Side Effects

Side Effects posterDirector: Steven Soderbergh

Cast: Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Chaning Tatum, Catherine Zeta-Jones

Cert: 15

Running time: 106mins

Year: 2013

The lowdown: Impossible to pigeon-hole director Steven Soderbergh follows the low fat latte froth and warmth of hen-party favourite Magic Mike with an altogether more bitter pill in Side Effects.  Opening as a chilling examination of America’s dependency on pharmaceuticals to blow away mental storm clouds, a veer into film noir territory knocks off a few points making it merely a well-done thriller.  Rooney Mara, Jude Law and Chaning Tatum head up this very 21st century drug movie.

Side Effects - Tatum MaraSide Effects - social breakdown

The full verdict: Prior to release director Steven Soderbergh stated Side Effects would be his retirement from feature film directing, although more recent comments have ...

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