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I, Frankenstein

by Kavish Chetty / 14.03.2014
“Frankenstein is a myth; a horror story to scare children,” says the cute blonde scientist at the beginning of I, Frankenstein. This is the lie at the heart of the
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Dallas Buyers Club

by Kavish Chetty / 28.02.2014
Matthew McConaughey acts with anguished intensity in Dallas Buyers Club. Ron Woodroof (McConaughey) Woodroof lives rough in mid-80s Texas: whiskey, prostitutes, cocaine – and he is suitably gaunt, gruff-throated and
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The silver screen in Sunnyside

by Dennis Webster / Illustration by Sasan / 24.02.2014
Near to where I live in Sunnyside, Pretoria, is a shopping centre called Sterland. The Ster-Kinekor there seems to be the exception to all rules. Even in Steve McQueen’s emotive
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The Monuments Men

by Kavish Chetty / 21.02.2014
George Clooney had perhaps hoped that The Monuments Men would pose aching questions about civilisation and sacrifice. What he appears to have discovered instead is that if you core all
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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

by Kavish Chetty / 14.02.2014
Ron Burgundy and his greasy cohorts have come blistering back after a decade of solitude. After his phoenix-like ascent to television news stardom, the bristle-moustached news anchor’s psychotic masculinity came
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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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