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4 out of 9 people found the following review useful:
Riveting Entertainment All The Way, 1 March 2015

The Lazarus Effect is a slice of horror served up piping hot. The 82 minutes run time is precisely the right duration to deliver what is an adrenaline-loaded romp into mad science meets hell. Contrary to popular commentary, the characters are well developed and the acting is solid. This horror story will not disappoint, and die-hard fans of the genre will be well pleased with this original foray into the horrors that lurk within a top-secret project. The main characters do a great job at bringing just the right mix of reality and cynicism into the plot. The movie is about re-animating corpses with a special serum. What happens behind closed doors is why this story is particularly unnerving. It is creepy, edgy and pulse-pounding entertainment. Do yourself a favor and see this flick; there are enough jump scares to keep you glued to the screen!

Oculus (2013/I)
4 out of 14 people found the following review useful:
Dread & Horror, 19 April 2014

Oculus is certainly a cut above the rest. The film rouses your innermost fears and never relents. The supernatural story tracks a brother and sister who are trying to come to terms with what happened to their family back when they were little kids. Oculus is expertly crafted and surprisingly unbearable to watch. Such is the feeling of helplessness you feel, that it becomes painful to endure the torment taking place.

Clichés creep in from time to time, but they are superbly well woven into the screenplay. The dread ratchets up to fever-pitch levels until eventually you are left paralyzed with indecision, doubt and fear. The demonic entities in the film are omnipotent and menacing. The film neatly fixates on the characters - past and present - as it ties up all the loose ends in a roller-coaster ride of sheer mayhem. Expect the unexpected with Oculus and you will not be disappointed.

5 out of 7 people found the following review useful:
Vintage Leon Schuster with Lots of Fun, 5 April 2014

Leon is back in fine form doing what he does best- candid camera! This thrill-a-minute flick is a throwback to Schuster's earlier work and it is superb. There's plenty of new pranks to keep even the most discerning fan entertained. Great comedy all round and a definite must-see for all fans of the genre.

It's great to see Alfred Ntombela back with Leon in this comedy caper. The jokes are fresh and the humour is incisive. Leon may well have aged a little but his sense of humour is as sharp as ever. This flick may not be one of his big budget showpieces like Mr Bones or Panic Mechanic, but it's certainly a topnotch addition to his entertaining films.

Last Vegas (2013)
2 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
Drama Masked as Comedy, 8 December 2013

Last Vegas is at its heart a movie of profound sadness interspersed with uproarious humor. The juxtaposition of these conflicting emotions provides a hilariousness and heaviness in a fused ensemble. Robert De Niro is in sublime form and Michael Douglas shows yet again why he is going to go down as one of the all-time greats of Hollywood. Arguably the best performer in this comedy-drama is Morgan Freeman, who at 76 years old is in fine form. His character is central to keeping the heaviness out of the spotlight - and there is plenty of heaviness in this film. Last Vegas masquerades well as a comedy, but the profundity of the film rests in its message of growing old and wasting away.

The loneliness and isolation of a life once so beautiful and happening getting eroded away into sadness and despair. That is the central theme of all the characters - a weakening of the body, a dulling of the senses and the daily grind that becomes palpably unbearable. That is of course until Last Vegas - the bachelor party - becomes a reality. The film is superbly acted out by the heavyweights of Hollywood. Kudos to excellent direction, screenplay and acting talent.

2 out of 8 people found the following review useful:
Unbelievable - Superb - Highly Underrated Film, 3 November 2013

Sly and Arnie bring their hustle and muscle to the screen in a thrilling spectacle.

Contrary to the lukewarm reception by critics, this film is solid throughout its running time.

Stallone shows why he has consistently defied the odds in an electrifying action movie alongside Schwarzenegger - another giant in the action arena.

These two heroes of the big screen must fight tooth and nail to escape from an undisclosed prison facility in the middle of the ocean.

The characters are supremely well suited to their roles and most everyone is in top form.

For a spellbinding and intelligent action thriller, Escape Plan delivers big time.

Sinister (2012/I)
2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
Gripping from Inception to Closing Credits, 14 October 2012

Sinister is the horror film of the year, perhaps the decade. It redefines the horror genre. This film merges edge-of-your-seat suspense and an intelligent script to provide a masterpiece of the macabre. Ethan Hawke shines as the true-crime novelist looking for his next NY Times Bestseller. The story eerily unfolds and before you know it, you're reeled into a world you can't escape from. What ensues is a plunge into the deepest, darkest depths of hell. The angst of each of the characters is palpable; the sheer horror to follow will have you digging your nails into your seat.The eponymous title aptly describes the essence of this chilling tale...

2 out of 6 people found the following review useful:
Superb Storytelling and Spellbinding Entertainment, 8 July 2012

The Amazing Spider-Man doubles as a captivating dramatic ensemble, and a thrilling action-adventure story. Purists of the Spider-Man genre will be delighted with this work of art.

The inimitable tale of Spider-Man gets retold with poignancy; it's a masterful recount of the agony and wonder which brings this legendary Marvel superhero to life. The anguish that our hero labors through is palpable and his journey to manhood is fraught with difficulty.

Spider-Man is every bit the model of youthful exuberance and boyish fascination. Spidey oozes appeal in this pulse-pounding escapade through New York City. The script focuses almost exclusively on the pain that young Peter Parker endures and the growth and development of his character is sublime.

The journey of Spider-Man is explored in detail, at a pace that truly appeals to mature theater-goers. The action steadily gets turned up, until it's a full-throttle, action-adventure delivered at a blistering pace.

1 out of 6 people found the following review useful:
Enter the Realm of 'The Cabin in the Woods, 29 April 2012

The Cabin in the Woods is not your average horror flick. Whatever preconceived notions you have of this film will quickly be turned upside down during the film's running time. Fans of the horror genre will do their nut with this selection, owing to the ubiquity of blood and guts, genuine scares and a bizarre supernatural finale.

The script appears formulaic, what with scantily-clad college gals, the jocks, the token black guy and the stoner. That's where this film turns convention on its head: it is not what it appears to be. The brains trust behind this film includes the likes of Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard (Fans of the horror genre may recall 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer.')The stars of the show are Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth and Anna Hutchison.

The film kicks into high gear with expectations of the group of 5 college friends enjoying a weekend getaway in a remote locale. What happens there is beyond expectation. Horror fans will be perplexed throughout the film's duration and thoughts of 'The Truman Show' and 'The Ring' are likely to be conjured up. Banish them, because The Cabin in the Woods is nothing like what you're expecting. Prepare for sheer horror, because you're going to get it...

3 out of 6 people found the following review useful:
Just think, there's another one coming, 28 November 2010

Potter fans will do their nut, the rest of us will wonder what all the hype was about...

Just the other day I went to the United Artists theater to see a weekend screening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. I found it intriguing that so many millions have been made in ticket sales for what is essentially a mediocre film.

Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter is the mainstay of this latest rendition of a story that has been stretched taut a long time ago. That they have been able to breathe new life into a 7th version of this claptrap is quite astounding.

Harry Potter #7 offers nothing new and its 2 hours + running time could be better spent enjoying Russel Crowe's Next Three Days or even Skyline. If it's value for money you're after then this is a little shy of the mark.

It's much ado about nothing really. Harry and co are searching for a magical sword and some funky amulets that need to be destroyed. That's it. The special effects are hardly noteworthy and this reviewer is already bored at having to do a write-up on this title.

Case 39 (2009)
4 out of 8 people found the following review useful:
Terrifying and harrowing until the very end, 22 November 2010

Case 39 is certainly a deserving recipient of an edge-of-your-seat thriller award. The film has been a long time coming and it's strange that no distributors were willing to touch it since 2009. But it's here and it's piping hot. It stars the talented Renee Zellweger as a child services worker.

The overworked social welfare department has too many case loads to deal with. And when Case 39 is assigned to Zellweger, she immediately takes a personal interest in it. It's the sad story of a girl whose grades are slipping and whose home life is anything but benign.

The film does a 180' turn and soon the benevolence of Zellweger is greeted by a horrifying reality. This case is anything but benign. If you're prepared for horror, this is going to scare you witless...

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