Category Archives: Moving Pictures

Dracula Untold [based on characters from the book by] by dir. by

Dracula Untold dir. Gary Shore

In the 1400s the Turks claimed boys from the lands they conquered. Vlad was one such boy. Held as a royal hostage he was beaten and whipped, and turned into a soldier, one of such ferocity that he became known as Vlad the Impaler. But that was years ago, since those dark days he has returned home to rule his

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Gone Girl [based on the book] by dir. by

Gone Girl dir. David Fincher

On the day of her fifth wedding anniversary Amy Dunne disappears. Her husband Nick gets home, a neighbour has spotted their cat wandering outside, to find the door open, the coffee table smashed, and no sign of his wife. We already know that their marriage is not a good one, he has been moaning to his sister at the bar

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Edge of Tomorrow [based on the book] by dir. by

Edge of tomorrow dir. Doug Limn

Major William Cage (Cruise) has made damn sure that he isn’t anywhere near the front lines. When the alien invasion began he ran was involved in advertising, now he works for the army’s media relations. He is not a soldier, although he walks around in uniform and manages to talk the talk in television interview after television interview. But when

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A walk among the tombstones [based on the book] by dir. by

A walk among the tombstones dir. Scott Frank

In 1991 three men robbed a bar that was known not to charge police officers for their drinks. Matthew Scudder was off duty and drinking at the time. When they shot the barmen he took off after them. He killed two and wounded the third. He also then gave up drinking and the police force. Now he works as an

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A most wanted man [based on the book] by dir. by

A most wanted man dir. Anton Corbijn

The Sept 11th attacks were formulated and planned in Hamburg, Germany. Now, in an attempt to prevent terrorist cells, a small semi-illegal German spy ring operates there. Led by Gunther they watch the city and especially its Muslim inhabitants, developing ties and “resources” among that community. Resources that will lead them to bigger fish and so on. One night a

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The Boxtrolls [based on the book] by dir. by ,

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The town of Cheesebridge lives in fear of the Boxtrolls. A curfew is in force, everything must be locked up at night, children especially must be kept indoors. The town remembers the day the Mr Trubshaw left his child unattended and the Boxtrolls stole and ate him. Every year Ms. Frou Frou re-enacts, in song and dance, that terrible night.

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Serpico [based on the book] by dir. by

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Based on the true story of Frank Serpico, this is the story of a police officer who turns whistleblower and ends up exposing a lot of police corruption in the NYPD in the 1960s and 70s. The films tells his story from when he joined the police force through the sixties, up to his shooting while on a drugs bust

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Lucy dir. by

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Lucy’s new boyfriend is trying to persuade her to deliver a briefcase for him. It’s a simple job and she’ll get well paid, he promises, after she weaseled out the fact that he is also getting paid for delivering these “papers”1. But she decides that this business is most likely illegal and wants nothing to do with it. Too bad,

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The Expendables 3 dir. by

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So once upon a time Sylvester Stallone thought it would be a great idea to get a load of 80s action stars, plus Jason Statham, and have a bit of fun making an 80s style action flick. And it was fun. And then he made a sequel. And then a turd1. In this installment Stallone’s character of Barney whathisface is

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Hercules [based on the comic] by dir. by

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Is Hercules the son of Zeus or is he just a man? This film takes a more realistic1 interpretation of the hero. Sure, he performed many incredible feats. But in this film he is helped out by his band of plucky killers and his legend is enhanced by his nephew’s story-telling. It never hurts to have your enemies believe you

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Dawn of the Planet of the apes dir. by

Dawn of the Planet of the apes

The sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes1 and if you’ll recall at the end of Rise the apes had escaped to the forest and the human world was beginning to feel the effects of the so-called simian flu. Created by Mr Franco in an attempt to cure Alzheimer’s. Dawn is set after that flu has almost wiped

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Jersey Boys dir. by

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Jersey Boys is based on a musical, based on the life of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Their formation, rise to fame, and then their disintegration. Going in to the film I knew nothing about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, but as I heard the songs I did recognise most of them. All the actors do their job,

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