Spring Breakers The Unavoidable Arguments You Will Be Having Surrounding The Film

Spring Breakers The Unavoidable Arguments You Will Be Having Surrounding The Film

Harmony Korine’s new feature installment,Spring Breakers – about kids played by former Disney queens doing very bad things alongside a cornrowed James Franco, had its U.S. premiere at SXSW, and it’s sure to be the hot topic of too many discussions. And look here: it already is! Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers, which has its U.S. premiere this Sunday at SXSW, seems like a recipe for overcooked criticism. It’s a movie about kids on spring break played by former Disney…

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Irish Drama Cardboard Gangsters – Does Crimes Really Have To Pay?

Irish Drama Cardboard Gangsters – Does Crimes Really Have To Pay?

Cardboard Gangsters is a movie that has nothing new to say but says it very loudly and, occasionally with such conviction and style that it’s almost compelling. An opening prologue, which features a group of children playing amongst derelict buildings before stumbling on a horrible scene, promises something heightened, something lyrical. However, once we meet the young men that these kids grown up to be, the plot settles into a tired template. We have Jason,…

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Cardboard Gangsters Review: The film sets itself apart in the gangster genre

Cardboard Gangsters Review: The film sets itself apart in the gangster genre

If anything can be understood about Mark O’Connor from his new film, it’s obvious he doesn’t like easy or pleasant characters. Cardboard Gangsters movie, which is O’Connor’s fourth feature movie to this point, returns to familiar grounds for the moviemaker, exploring the oft-neglected and twisted communities in Irish society. Co-written by its star, John Connors (who previously worked in O’Connor’s King of the Travellers), the film’s attention directs itself to the notorious suburbs of Darndale, a north…

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Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales Review – More effects-driven and nautically inept than ever

Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales Review – More effects-driven and nautically inept than ever

If ever you’ve ever had a soft spot for those scalawags, the Pirates of the Caribbean and that dopey/daffy/rum-drunk Captain Jack Sparrow, then Dead Men Tell No Tales the latest and perhaps last film of the franchise, is for you. It’s not for the critics, who rightly point out its many failings. It’s long, repetitious — with every chase, rescue from the hangman’s scaffold, every sea battle straight out of Pirates of the Caribbean’s Greatest Hits. Even the…

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Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales: Captain Jack Sparrow has returned

Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales: Captain Jack Sparrow has returned

Given the sorry fate of other projects derived from Disney theme-park attractions – The Country Bears (2002), The Haunted Mansion (2003) – it’s amazing that the Pirates of the Caribbean series should have remained financially seaworthy through four passable-to-indifferent entries. With Pirates 5 (subtitled Dead Men Tell No Tales in the US, and Salazar’s Revenge in a number of other countries) the cracks in the hull become unignorable. Orlando Bloom has pleaded for reduced participation, passing his sextant to…

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The God of Thunder with a light-hearted touch of Taika Waititi – Thor Ragnarok movie

The God of Thunder with a light-hearted touch of Taika Waititi – Thor Ragnarok movie

Out of the many branches of the Marvel family tree, Thor’s has long struggled to grow. Most fans would agree that the Norse god’s two standalone films are the least impressive entries in the MCU (at least, outside of The Incredible Hulk), and the box office receipts agree with them. Thankfully, in keeping with Phase Three’s devotion to tonal experimentation, Marvel called for New Zealand comic maestro Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeople) to…

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