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Film review: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

The marketing people behind this new film want you to believe that this is a Tom Hanks/Sandra Bullock film; even the poster has the pair as equal top billing. And it’s true that they do appear in it, but the truth is that the real star of the film is the extremely young and incredibly talented Thomas Horn.

You probably haven’t heard of him before, as he makes his acting debut in this film. He did make a name for himself some other way however. Question: Who won $31,800 on the US quiz show Jeopardy! during Kids Week? Answer: Thomas Horn.

Legend has it that the film’s producer Scott Rudin was so impressed with the youngster, that his appearance on the show led to him being auditioned for the main role of Oskar…

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Film review: Sherlock Holmes:a Game of Shadows

Business must be brisk in the murky world of detectiving, if Sherlock Holmes’ current workload is anything to go by. Not only is he back on the small screen with the return of the series Sherlock (starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman) on New Year’s Day, but he returns to the big screen too with Guy Ritchie’s blockbusting sequel, once again starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law.

It appears that the long-running partnership between Sherlock Homes (Downey Jr.) and his faithful companion Dr Watson (Law) is finally coming to an end. Watson,ou see, is about to get married…

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Film review: The Guard

The best Irish film of the year to be sure, to be sure.

One disappointing blockbuster after another. Thanks 2011. As if the weather wasn’t bad enough, audiences were subjected for the most part to dire Hollywood fare. But as luck might have it – Irish or otherwise – there may well be light in gloomy cinemas yet. And considering the lack of blockbusters actually worth seeing this year, this little Irish film may well get the kind of audience it so deserves.

In a sleepy part of West Ireland, Sergeant Gerry Boyle (Brendan Gleeson) is a member of the police constabulary. The irony is however, that as a law enforcer, he’s far from being law-abiding himself. But despite his vices of drugs and prostitutes, he’s still pretty good at his job…

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Film review: The Beaver

Mel Gibson’s got no strings to hold him down in his latest film.

The Beaver film reviewMel Gibson must be quietly pleased with Charlie Sheen’s meltdown; after all, it detracts from his own public falls from graces, of which there have been a fair few of late. There’s the drinking, the alleged racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia and domestic violence. Oh and a nice line in recorded phone calls with his girlfriend. That’s pretty much a full house of hate right there in his hands.

As far as the saying ‘there’s no such thing as bad publicity’ goes, there should be a special caveat that reads ‘unless you’re Mel Gibson’. The cast and crew were so unhappy that Gibson was down to make a cameo in The Hangover II that director Todd Phillips decided against it…

3 out of 5 booms

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The Big C (DVD Review)

Diagnosis? Fun deficit. Prescription? Season 1 of The Big C. Next?

Boom the Big C dvd reviewLet’s face it, there’s no such thing as a nice disease. The most prominent in this day and age has to be cancer. Considering its widespread devastation, it’s surprising that there haven’t been more dramas that focus on it more specifically.

Still, there are currently two US shows that tackle the subject in two very different ways. Breaking Bad finds its lead character Walter White (Bryan Cranston) having to come to terms with the news that he has cancer; being just a teacher of chemistry, he’s not exactly wealthy. So in a bid to leave some money to his wife and son, he decides to put his knowledge of chemistry to the test by making his own drugs to sell. Despite a dubious sounding premise, the show is one of the most original and entertaining to be aired in recent years…

4 out of 5 booms

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Made in Dagenham (DVD review)

Rage against the machinists. In Dagenham. In the swinging sixties.

Boom Made in Dagenham reviewDuring the sixties, despite having an awful economy, the UK at least had some industries that still managed to produce to a high standard, one of which being the car industry.

It was a time, believe it or not, when cars were actually made by people not robots. Not just Matchbox cars either, proper vroom vrooms.

But although this decade will be remembered mostly for its swinging, it had its share of troubles. Trade Unions were bringing the country to its knees, rightly or wrongly (that’s the great thing about robots, they don’t do strikes. Yet). This film however, focuses on an issue that most certainly needed to be raised and addressed: equal pay between the sexes…

4 out of 5 booms

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Sucker Punch (film review)

You know when you’ve been sucker punched.

Sucker Punch film reviewBack in the late eighties, early nineties, Dutch director Paul Verhoeven was carving out a nice little career for himself. After helming three mega-huge hits back to back (RoboCop, Total Recall and Basic Instinct) it looked like he could do no wrong. And then he directed Showgirls. Since then, he’s pretty much become the invisible man in Hollywood.

The film was universally panned, and is generally considered one of the worst films ever made. It’s not often a film that bad comes along, but when a big name falls, they fall hard. Meet this decade’s Showgirls: Sucker Punch, and its director Zack Snyder should be very afraid…

1 out of 5 booms

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