The West End juggernaut that became a big screen hit has now made its way to your home. The beloved songs by Schönberg and Boublil are performed by a glittering cast that includes Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway (in her Oscar-winning performance). Director Tom Hooper has delivered the big screen Les Miz that everyone’s been dreaming of for decades: one that is created on an appropriately epic scale. Sure, Crowe’s singing is a little wobbly but this lush production cannot be faulted for lack of verve or ambition.
Quentin Tarantino follows up his blockbuster WWII fantasy Inglourious Basterds with this genre-riffing revenge epic. Jamie Foxx plays Django, a former slave on a mission to rescue his beloved wife (Kerry Washington). Helping him on his quest is German bounty hunter Cristophe Waltz, who won an Oscar for his charming performance. Highly controversial and endlessly entertaining, see what all the fuss is about and watch Django Unchained!
Return to 1950s Los Angeles with this all-star tale of cops and gangsters. Sean Penn plays Mickey Cohen, the ruthless New York mobster who ruled Southern California with an iron fist and a smoking gun. Unable to stop him with legitimate means, police chief Nick Nolte puts together an elite hat squad of moral cops, willing to ignore the rules of procedure and stop Cohen by any means necessary. Did we mention this also stars everyone’s favourite man-crush, Ryan Gosling? Go on… you know you want to.
Playing for Keeps
Gerard Butler continues his streak of warm and fuzzy rom-coms with this tale of a has-been Scottish football star and his shambolic personal and professional life post retirement. Butler’s taken a lot of flak for these kinds of roles but he does have an easy charm that’s not always best served by his scripts. Is that the case with Playing For Keeps? I’ll never tell!
Three cooks at a high security mental institution get into trouble when a power outage traps them inside the facility with maniacs on the loose. It’s a tense little thriller with stunning visuals courtesy of first time feature director Alex Courtes, who had previously worked on music videos for U2. Watch out for the surprise twist ending, where it turns out that the entire ordeal was orchestrated by Bono in order to show the chefs how unfairly society treats the mentally ill. Or something….
Vampire mania has taken over the world, but nowhere is this as literally as it has in the world of The Caretaker. A small group of survivors in South East Australia are attempting to hold out against a global vamp rampage. They strike an unlikely alliance with an outcast bloodsucker who promises to protect them in the night, if only they agree to protect him from the humans during the day. There’s only one thing we can assure you about this films: at no point does anyone crack open a tin of lager and throw some shrimp onto a grill.
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