Twelve Years a Slave

Twelve Years a Slave tells the true tale of Solomon Northrop, a freeman from New York who is drugged and betrayed and illegally sold into slavery in Louisiana of the 1850’s. There, stripped of his dignity and personhood, he endures the entire gobsmacking, nauseating gamut of white racism (from careless to sadistic), and survives, albeit…

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The Counsellor

Oh lord, The Counsellor is an awful film. Cormac McCarthy wrote it, for God’s sake, and he’s one of my favourite authors ever ever ever. (If you haven’t read his Blood Meridian….well, you should is all I’m saying.) But his own script here – about a sleazy lawyer who gets in over his head when…

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X-Men First Class

Listen, I’m not going to be the only movie-blogger in the whole Western Hemisphere NOT to post the X-men First Class trailer….. 00

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Jonah Hex

Jonah Hex is the live action movie of the comic book tale of the same name. Set in the years after the US Civil War, it features a horribly scarred anti-hero, played by Josh Brolin, who’s able to communicate with the dead. This nifty trick allows him to track down the dastardly, mass-murderous Quintin Turnbull…

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Centurion

Neil Marshall made Dog Soldiers and The Descent, and that Doomsday film that shot in Cape Town. This one – Centurion, starring the rakish and handsome Michael Fassbender – is about a Roman legion that’s wiped out by pissed off Celts. I’ve heard it’s a bit crap, but you can bet your life I’ll be…

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