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A season of truly awful blockbusters

A season of truly awful blockbusters

I’m trying to figure out why I’m so disheartened with the movies this season. It’s true that the northern hemisphere summer began badly. Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was a disappointment. The aerial sequences at the

Edge of Tomorrow: Cruise missile

Edge of Tomorrow: Cruise missile

Though it’s not directly based on a videogame, the new Tom Cruise vehicle Edge of Tomorrow nails the aesthetics and feel of one more accurately than any film to come before it. It’s a variant on the Normandy landing level so favoured by designers of first-person shooters, but handled with enough

New X-Men puts time in a bottle

New <i>X-Men</i> puts time in a bottle

Forget the powers of Marvel’s mutated superheroes in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The most astonishing feat in the film is the effortless way that director Bryan Singer juggles a massive ensemble cast, races across multiple cities and countries, and zigzags between two timelines

Godzilla’s roar is bigger than its bite

Godzilla’s roar is bigger than its bite

In the 2014 reboot of Godzilla, the venerable giant lizard battles mutos (or Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms) while the script’s somber tone wages war with the ridiculousness of its underlying premise. In both clashes, the human characters seem to be there mostly as spectators who run, scream and open their eyes in widened terror

What to do with Vodacom’s free 1GB

What to do with Vodacom’s free 1GB

There are a number of ways how you can use 1GB of free data these days — that’s what Vodacom is giving each of its 33m customers in South Africa on Sunday (for one day only). The Internet is full of exciting things to watch, download or even just update. What you

Sinners stumble in Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

Sinners stumble in <em>Ain’t Them Bodies Saints</em>

With Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, director David Lowery set out to create a film that would make the audience “feel like they’ve just heard an old folk song that they’d never heard before”. The notes of his ballad of doomed love are as stirringly familiar as he had hoped — yet they’re arranged and performed in a way that makes them feel utterly

Winter Soldier: Snowden superheroics

Winter Soldier: Snowden superheroics

Following last year’s entertaining but somewhat rote Thor: The Dark World and Iron Man 3, Marvel has kicked off 2014’s annual blockbuster season with one of its best pictures to date. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a witty, snappily paced hybrid of spy thriller and comic book mayhem. The sequel to Captain America

300: Empire is a Xerxes xerox

300: Empire is a Xerxes xerox

It’s taken nearly eight years, but at last we have a sequel to Zack Snyder’s 300, just in case anyone was asking for such a thing. Co-written and produced by Snyder, and directed by green hand Noam Murro, 300: Rise of an Empire is a timid and forgettable follow-up

Mean times in Greenwich Village

Mean times in Greenwich Village

Joel and Ethan Coen make films that should be too odd and oblique for the mainstream, reaping piles of awards, rave reviews and a measure of commercial success in return. The brothers’ latest film – the circuitous, downbeat Inside Llewyn Davis – spares a

The top 10 films of 2013

The top 10 films of 2013

From thrilling science-fiction sagas to revisionist Westerns and taut political thrillers, 2013 had plenty to offer at the movies. This list of the pick of the year is based only on South African cinematic releases for 2013 and excludes films that have not yet been released here

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