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Robocop

Cyborg Manifesto

by Kavish Chetty / 07.02.2014
American action cinema is devilled by bad politics. RoboCop opens up on a psychosis-tilted satire of American exceptionalism, and its diabolical deliverer is none other than Samuel L. Jackson.
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The Counselor

The Counselor

by Kavish Chetty / 27.12.2013
Penelope Cruz was last seen gasping beneath bedsheets, the ghostly outline of her climaxing features glimpsed eerily, in Pedro Almodóvar’s Broken Embraces. Here, she once again finds herself making shapes
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The Hobbit

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

by Kavish Chetty / 13.12.2013
New Zealand has one of the highest youth suicide rates in the world, apparently because there’s nothing to do there – except, perhaps, LARP (live-action roleplay) among its exquisite natural
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Ender's Game

Ender’s Game

by Kavish Chetty / 06.12.2013
It seems, increasingly, that sci-fi cinema does not take the possibilities of its genre seriously enough: the imaginative potential for summoning uncanny worlds, propelled into the future, but yet still
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Long Walk

Long Walk to Freedom

by Kavish Chetty / 29.11.2013
At the announcement of this Mandela biopic, “hagiography” was the threat urging off the edge of every critical mouth. Such fears can only be quenched at the personal level: Nelson
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Hunger Games

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

by Kavish Chetty / 22.11.2013
"The Hunger Games" takes place in a superbly-conjured dystopian future-America, although one in which the historical traces of own our world are thoroughly obliterated. Histories of real slavery and inequalities
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Fatherland

Fatherland

by Nedine Moonsamy / 08.11.2013
Fatherland offers exclusive entry into the Kommandokamps, where a group of boys embark on a nine day camp during their school holidays to relive the military experiences of their fathers.
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Blue is the Warmest Colour

Blue is the Warmest Colour

by Kavish Chetty / 01.11.2013
Blue is the Warmest Colour is acted out with superb, raw intensity: its everyday episodes of emotion elaborating from this intimacy outward into magnificent themes of sexual discovery, romantic secrecy,
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Khumba

Khumba

by Kavish Chetty / 25.10.2013
I reviewed "Jock of the Bushveld" for this magazine, describing it, rather generously, as a “shit-crusted cliché” and a “bat-signal for an age of mediocrity”. But two years later, Triggerfish
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Out in Africa

Out in Africa

by Kavish Chetty / 18.10.2013
Out in Africa announces itself this year with a curious line-up. I shoulder through a fog of colliding colognes, and low-slung in this shadowy theatre, sit through a gracious rehearsal
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