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August 8, 2011

Ten years, eight films and over six billion dollars later, the Harry Potter film franchise has boarded a train and left King’s Cross. From the haphazard beginnings of the first couple of films, the franchise has progressed steadily to the point where the climax has a lot to do justice to, both book-wise and film-wise. […]

May 16, 2011

The latest instalment from the franchise that doesn’t understand the meaning of a chequered flag, Fast Five has no business being any good. The original was fantastic speed-orientated action with over the top racing scenes, action stars and one liners, but a series of progressively worse sequels don’t exactly create much anticipation for this latest […]

May 9, 2011

Based on the bestselling book of the same name, Freakonomics is a look at “the hidden side of everything”. The book is comprised of economic articles written by economist Steven Levitt and New York Times journalist Stephen Dubner who apply economic theory to diverse social topics. These topics include cheating by sumo wrestlers, how a […]

April 11, 2011

Lemmy Kilmister. Some of you may recognise the name. Most of you will no doubt recognize his raspy “swallowed a jar of nails” voice chanting “THE ACE OF SPADES! THE ACE OF SPADES!” as the frontman for Motorhead, replete with cowboy hat and mutton chops. Shot over three years, Lemmy details the life of this […]

April 11, 2011

The amount of psuedo-superhero movies we’ve seen over the last few years is innumerable, yet still films are adding themselves to the line – this time, Limitless, a sci-fi drama starring up and coming leading man Bradley Cooper. Cooper is Eddie Morra, a dishevelled, depressed, struggling writer in New York. A chance encounter with his […]

March 28, 2011

In the Farrelly Brothers’ latest film, a hall pass is not just a token that allows an American school student to use the bathroom during class; it’s also a break from the shackles of marriage. Rick (Owen Wilson) and Fred (Jason Sudekis) are best friends who have been shackled to their wives for a long […]

March 21, 2011

The Adjustment Bureau stars Matt Damon as David Norris, a young renegade politician from New York. After losing the race for the Senate, he is inspired to give a frank and endearing concession speech by free-spirited dancer Elise (Emily Blunt). When chance brings them back together on a bus years later, it seems that the […]

February 28, 2011

The King’s Speech is set in that overshadowed period of history between WWI and WWII: a simpler time, where wireless communication was a new and exciting invention, and you could wear a top hat without looking like a guitar-playing weirdo. (Slash, you’ve ruined the top hat for everybody!) The film focuses on the Duke of […]