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Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Review

Redefining impossibilities since ’96

Having rendered every previous impossible mission, possible, Tom Cruise steps into Ethan Hunt’s elevated shoes for the fourth instalment of the franchise. Years after escaping the clutches of sadistic arms dealer Owen Davian (Philip Seymour Hoffman) in Mission: Impossible III (2006) the IMF’s unrivalled team are racing against time to track down a dangerous terrorist named Hendricks, who has gained access to Russian nuclear launch codes and is planning a strike on the United States. Continue reading Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Review

In Time Review

Screenshot from In Time

“For a few to be immortal, a few must die”

In the sixties and seventies a range of science fiction films were released each focussing on characters failing to assimilate in dystopian futures. It is clear that escape from dystopia films such as Logan’s Run (1976), THX-1138 (1971) and Fahrenheit 451 (1966) are influence to In Time (2011) writer director Andrew Niccol.

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The Help Review

Another novel adaptation this way comes.

At first doubts were cast over The Help as it seemed that it, like many others before it, would be centered on a hurriedly made screenplay. More recent book adaptations, such as One Day, are rushed into production which makes the films suffer as they fail to live up to the reputation of the novel. The screenplay for The Help was not rushed; in fact the timing couldn’t have been better. The script was finished around the same time as the book, because the rights to adapt the novel were sold to little known director, and close friend of the author, Tate Taylor back in 2008.

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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy Review

John Le Carré’s legendary novel gets the adaptation it deserves.

Lingering clouds of cigarette smoke mask a group of men sitting in silence, sharing suspicious glances and nervous twitches better associated with a high stakes poker table. As well as soaking up the stale odorous stench from the cigarettes, the sound proofed walls of this meeting room prevent anyone outside the room overhearing the conversations inside. This is the perfect location for veteran espionage agent George Smiley (Gary Oldman) to uncover the identity of a traitorous Soviet mole operating inside the MI6.

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Bad Teacher Review

A teacher who doesn’t give an F.

After bursting on to the scene in 1998 with the infamous There’s Something About Mary, and more recently starring alongside Seth Rogen in The Green Hornet, Cameron Diaz is no stranger to performing in blue comedies. She comfortably fits the lead role with a provocative dress sense, foul mouth and risqué humour that are suitably fitting for a bad teacher.

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Priest Review

Same shit, different day.

In 2009 director Scott Charles Stewart and actor Paul Bettany paired up to provide the terribly disappointing Legion. Two years on the and the two have united again to create an adaptation of Korean comic book series Priest.

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Unknown Review

With Schindler’s List as your career highlight; living up to the expectation is always a tough task.

Liam Neeson’s impressive performance as Oscar Schindler was well worthy of a nomination for an Academy Award. But, as he steps away from dramatic acting and towards the action genre his performances over the past years have shown little in comparison to his greatest film. While his acting may have suffered, action films such as Taken prove that the fifty-nine year old “Neck-chop” Neeson can still pack a punch.

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The Adjustment Bureau Review

“You do not have free will David; you have the appearance of free will”.

Matt Damon and Emily Blunt star in a film that was released under the genre of romantic thriller, but The Adjustment Bureau would be better categorised under a science fiction tag.

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Trust Review

The premise may seem disturbing, but you should watch it… trust me.

Little known as a director, but immediately recognised as Ross from Friends, David Schwimmer returns to screens with his follow up feature Trust. Unlike his debut film, the underrated Run Fatboy Run, his recent release targets a very disturbing subject matter.

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