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The Battleship Island (군함도) (2017) – Review

17 August 2017


  The Battleship Island tells the tale of Japanese war crimes, specifically forced labour and sex slavery suffered by the Koreans on the Hashima Island, otherwise known as the film’s title. The most heinous crime, though, was the Japanese m

47 Meters Down (2017) – Review

17 August 2017


  What would horror movies be without American tourists making horrible decisions? From Hostel to Turistas to Chernobyl Diaries, filmgoers have witnessed would-be fun vacations turn horrifying in the blink of an eye. In this thriller, Lisa (M

The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017) – Review

17 August 2017


  This reviewer has long thought that The Hague would be a cool setting for an action movie to unfold. Imagine this scenario: a brutal dictator is brought before the International Court of Justice, but his sympathisers disrupt the trial, taki

The Dark Tower (2017) – Review

3 August 2017


  After ten years in various stages of development, Stephen King’s Dark Tower series finally arrives on the big screen. At the centre of the universe stands the titular structure, protecting various realms from entities that seek to tear th

Wonder Boy (2017) – Review

3 August 2017

  In the best of circumstances, biopics can be incredibly tricky to produce. In trying to sum up a person’s life in a couple of hours, you run the risk of losing depth (by packing too many years and incidents into a short timeframe) and/or

The Big Sick (2017) – Review

27 July 2017


  Many couples have probably thought to themselves, “say, our courtship would make a great movie”. Comedians Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon thought this, and they were right. In The Big Sick, Nanjiani plays himself, a Chicago-base

Atomic Blonde (2017) – Review

27 July 2017


  Charlize Theron goes from traversing the arid, scorching desert of Mad Max: Fury Road to sauntering into the coldest city in this action thriller. It is 1989, days before the fall of the Berlin Wall, and MI6 agent James Gascoine (Sam Hargra

Baby Driver (2017) – Review

20 July 2017


  The director of the Cornetto trilogy and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World takes the driver’s seat, and he has the Wright of way. This action comedy follows Baby (Elgort), a getaway driver who is a veritable prodigy behind the wheel. After surv

Dunkirk (2017) – Review

20 July 2017


  There have been plenty of films set during the Second World War, and plenty of excellent ones at that, but you’ve never seen a war movie quite like Dunkirk. It is May 1940, and 400 000 Allied soldiers from Britain, Belgium, Canada and Fra

The Bad Batch (2017) – Review

20 July 2017


  There’s something about the desert that inspires madness. Whether it’s dehydration-induced hallucination, the sense of isolation in a vast open space, or just the arid heat, the desert is fine backdrop against which madness can unfold.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) – Review

20 July 2017


  20 years after The Fifth Element, Luc Besson takes another crack at the space opera subgenre with this sprawling sci-fi epic. It is the 28th century, and Major Valerian (DeHaan) and Sergeant Laureline (Delevingne) are Federation operatives

Wish Upon (2017) – Review

13 July 2017


  Wishing upon a star seemed like a fairly harmless exercise for Pinocchio. Wishing upon a Chinese music box is a different story. In this horror flick, Clare Shannon receives a mysterious box from her father Jonathan (Phillippe), a rag-and-b


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