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What We Do In The Shadows

What We Do In The Shadows - posterDirector: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi

Writer: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi

Cast: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Ben Fransham

Cert: 15

Running time: 86mins

Year: 2014


The lowdown: Just when the mockumentary format seemed to gasp its last, this comedy gem provides a big old transfusion of grade-A claret. A loose plot has a documentary film crew following four centuries old vampyr through various misadventures house-sharing in modern day New Zealand. Imaginative, witty, gory and a cult classic in the making, it’s fang-tastic fun – and you can take that to the blood bank.

What We Do In The Shadows - Taika Waititi, bloody bathroomWhat We Do In The Shadows - Jemaine Clement, bow, arrow

The full verdict: Vampires may be good at sucking billions in babysitting money off gullible teenage girls, but when it comes to the funny they usually reside in the comedy...

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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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Byzantium-quad-posterDirector: Neil Jordan

Cast: Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, Sam Riley, Daniel Mays, Caleb Landry Jones

Cert: 15

Running time: 118mins

Year: 2012

The lowdown: Interview with the Vampire director Neil Jordan returns to the plasma drinking undead for a more successful second bite at the bloodsucking legend.  Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan channel suitably ethereal, otherworldly and, in Arterton’s case, erotic feminine power as two sisters living on the run in a man’s (under)world, pursued by a shadowy organisation led by Sam Riley.  Dark, violent, sexual and with imaginative twists on vampire lore, this is the British Let The Right One In.

Byzantium - Arteron and RonanByzantium - Arterton funfair

The full verdict: Forget Twilight.  And forget Neil Jordan’s yawnsome Interview With The Vampire...

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