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We meet Max (Tom Hardy) in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic world. He is an emotionally broken man, wandering the vast desert landscape alone, haunted by sharp and painful flashbacks. We are given no time to ease comfortably into the film before it launches into a stunning, fast-paced opening sequence, with interspersed flashbacks and imagery sometimes reminiscent of a feverish nightmare, where Max is …

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Fans of low-budget American indies from the 1950s and 1960s are familiar with the concept of “filler”; that is, stock footage or useless scenes included just to pad out a film’s length. Schlock producer George Weiss once noted that his frequent colleague Edward D. Wood, Jr. relied heavily on filler to achieve the 70-minute runtimes required by distribution companies, leaving his films full of interminable scenes of people getting into cars, people driving their cars …

Reviews predestination1

“Luck is the residue of design,” proffers Predestination enigmatically in one of the many lines of dialogue that betray this as a movie with neither to its credit. Playing out like a slapdash Frankenstein’s monster of hokey time travel twists and sci-fi set design, this…

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With only two sets and three characters, writer/director Hugh Sullivan does everything he can with The Infinite Man to craft a complex time loop and fulfilling romantic story. He’s stupendously successful given the monetary limitations, as this is not only funny but also intellectually and emotionally engaging, Upon first viewing, it will be …

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Written and directed by David Michôd, The Rover played as part of the Midnight Screening in Cannes. The drama, starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson as the main leads, is set in dystopian Australia, when western civilization has failed and crime is of daily occurrence…

Reviews badass-trailer-for-edge-of-tomorrow

Whoever came up with the “Live. Die. Repeat.” tagline certainly earned their salary (or deserves a reward of some kind). Those three words perfectly capture the semi-familiar premise behind Tom Cruise’s (Oblivion, War of the Worlds, Minority Report) latest foray into the science-fiction/action genre, Edge of Tomorrow, a loose …

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George Miller’s The Road Warrior takes the basest elements of the genre films that forged the mythos of the American western and creates a post-apocalyptic universe where nameless anti-heroes breeze into town on their trusty metallic steeds and reluctantly help underdog settlers drive off oppressive forces of evil that would seek to …

Reviews wolf_creek_2_2013_1

“What the bloody hell are you buggers doin’ out ‘ere?” Mick Taylor snarls at his prey as he drives upon their camp in the desert at night in Wolf Creek 2, repeating almost word for word the line with which he introduced himself to the world some nine years ago. Such fan…

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