Monthly Archives: May 2013

End of Watch (2012) Film Review by Gareth Rhodes

End of Watch (2012) Directed by David Ayer. With Jake Gyllenhall, Michael Peña, Anna Kendrick, Natalie Martinez, David Harbour, Frank Grillo, and America Ferrera. Come the final credits, your emotional response to David Ayer’s gritty cop thriller, End of Watch, is … Continue reading

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Doc Hollywood (1991) Film Review by Gareth Rhodes

Doc Hollywood (1991) Directed by Michael Caton-Jones. With Michael J. Fox, Julie Warner, Barnard Hughes, Woody Harrelson, David Ogden Stiers, Frances Sternhagen, George Hamilton, Mel Winkler and Bridget Fonda. Thanks in equal part to the likeable screen presence that is … Continue reading

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Shopgirl (2005) Film Review by Gareth Rhodes

Shopgirl (2005) Directed by Anand Tucker. With Claire Danes, Steve Martin and Jason Schwartzman. Based on a novella by comedy actor Steve Martin, Shopgirl is a drama/comedy that explores the complexities of a love triangle between three very different Los … Continue reading

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Argo (2012) Film Review by Gareth Rhodes

Argo (2012) Directed by Ben Affleck. With Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Victor Garber and Tate Donavan. Winner of the best picture Oscar at the 2013 Academy Awards, Ben Affleck’s film is a political thriller that tells … Continue reading

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Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) Film Review by Gareth Rhodes

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) Directed by J.J Abrams. With Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Alice Eve, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Peter Weller and Bruce Greenwood. Surprisingly, it has been four years since … Continue reading

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The Hunt (2012) Film Review by Gareth Rhodes

The Hunt (2012) Directed by Thomas Vinterberg. With Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp and Lasse Fogelstrom. Thomas Vinterburg’s The Hunt plays as equal parts drama and horror. The story focuses on teaching assistant, Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen) and an unfortunate … Continue reading

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Compliance (2012) Film Review by Gareth Rhodes

Compliance (2012) Directed by Craig Zobel. With Ann Dowd, Dreama Walker and Pat Healy. Set almost entirely within the confines of a fast food outlet, Craig Zobel’s ‘Compliance’ tells the story of a malicious prank call made by a member … Continue reading

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Mud (2012) Film Review by Gareth Rhodes

Mud (2012) Directed by Jeff Nichols. With Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Reese Witherspoon, Jacob Lofland, Sarah Paulson, Sam Shepard, Michael Shannon, Paul Sparks and Joe Don Baker. Writer/director Jeff Nichols follows up 2011’s impressive ‘Take Shelter’ with yet another beautifully … Continue reading

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Rogue (2007) Film Review by Gareth Rhodes

Rogue (2007) Directed by Greg McLean. With Radha Mitchell, Michael Vartan, Sam Worthington, Mia Wasikowska, Caroline Brazier and Stephen Curry. Are you a fan of Steven Spielberg’s 1975 classic, Jaws? Does it frustrate you that the quality of the average b-movie creature-feature … Continue reading

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Insomnia (2002) Film Review by Gareth Rhodes

Insomnia (2002) Directed by Christopher Nolan. With Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Hilary Swank. Re-making the 1997 Norwegian film of the same name, acclaimed director Christopher Nolan’s Insomnia is a killer thriller that is perhaps most notable for how unremarkable it … Continue reading

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