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Directed by: James Cameron
Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver

James Cameron returns to the fore after a 12 year hiatus with his $3oo million game-changer, Avatar. This simple story of man’s ruthless desire to take anything he wants has been brought to life in stunning 3D. Paralysed ex-marine Jake Sully is the last hope of a peaceful arrangement with the native population of the planet Pandora, the Na’vi. Using a remote controlled Na’vi body called an Avatar, Sully must gain the trust of the native population and urge them to move away from their home, an area of great interest to the human invaders. As patience runs out, Sully finds that he may have been on the wrong side of the fight all along.

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Movies, Reviews

Review: The Box (12a)

Directed by: Richard Kelly
Starring: Cameron Diaz, James Marsden

Richard Kelly once again squeezes our mind-grapes in his trademark style. The Box follows a couple played by Diaz and Marsden who are offered the opportunity to make a million dollars to push a button and be responsible for the death of one person, somewhere in the world, they don’t know. Unbeknown to the pair, this choice is just the beginning of a mind-bending series of events that will tear the family and even the human race apart.

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Today, with one exception I’ll be recommending fairly recent movies. For this reason you may well have heard of most of them. Still, if you haven’t seen them before or haven’t seen them recently, you should check them out. So with that, here are my final recommendations for 2009.

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Directed by: F. Gary Gray
Starring: Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx

Gerard Butler stars as Clide Shelton, the lone survivor of a home invasion that saw his wife and young daughter brutally murdered. As the case reaches court Clide witnesses what he believes to be an even greater crime; that his own lawyer (Jamie Foxx) brokers a plea deal in exchange for a lenient sentence in an effort to keep his own career untarnished. Snap forward ten years and Clide’s plans for true justice begin to surface.

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Welcome back, everyone! Time for another dive into movie gold with five more of my movie recommendations. We have a very mixed bag this time with drama, thrillers, true crime and side-splitting comedy genius. Get yourself a brew and check out my latest movie picks.

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Directed by: Daniel Barber
Starring: Michael Caine, Ben Drew

Brutal vigilante thriller crosses the pond as Michael Caine stars as the titular Harry Brown, an elderly widower who takes the law into his own hands when his only friend is murdered by a gang of local thugs. As Harry journeys deeper into the seedy and violent criminal underworld he must find the inner strength to not only avenge his friend but also make it out alive, with his soul in tact.

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The year is 1954. Dwight D Eisenhower is in the white house, Roger Banister runs the first sub four minute mile, The DNA ‘double helix’ structure is discovered and in the small town of  Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada James Francis Cameron is born. At the age of 17 James moved to the United States and later graduated from California State University with a degree in physics, something that would later prove to be more than worthwhile. Throughout his higher education years, James had aspirations of becoming a screen writer and would spend hours upon hours in the USC library reading pretty much anything he could lay his hands on that related to the technical practice of film making and, in particular, special effects. After graduating he took a job as a truck driver to pay his way while he followed this dream.

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Blimey, that time already!? I guess time just shoots past when you’re watching great movies, no? Well I hope you’re sitting comfortably because here comes this month’s second helping of movies from the “win” pile. Enjoy.

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I defy any of you to be unable to find at least one movie where you secretly, or indeed not so secretly, root for the bad guy. I guess that something in all of us responds to a certain type of charismatic rule breaking or disdain for authority and/or a corrupt status quo. It’s no secret that’s why vigilante movies are so popular. With critically acclaimed Harry Brown, the latest Joe-Public-takes-the-law-into-his-own-hands story, seeing it’s pre-release advance screenings tonight I thought I’d take a look at just what makes a “bad” guy we can all get behind.

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Directed by: Grant Heslov
Starring: Ewan McGregor, George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey

Ewan McGregor plays Bob, a disillusioned newspaper journalist who, following his divorce goes to Iraq in search of a story, a goal and something to believe in. It is here he meets Lyn Cassady played by George Clooney who begins to tell the story of how he and other soldiers were involved in a secret military operation to create psychic soldiers. Bob is inadvertently swept up into Lyn’s current secret mission to find a hidden military installation in the Iraqi desert by means of “remote viewing”. Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges co-star in this voyage of discovery that, I guarantee isn’t what you’re expecting.

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