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“Everything I learned, I learned from the cinema.” – Audrey Hepburn.

50 Shades of Beige Clichés


Ever since E.L. James created the character of Christian Grey, women around the world have dreamed (literally, I’m reliably told by some girlfriends) of this exceedingly handsome, mysterious, ultra-rich man with a dark ‘secret’. Now, hundreds of thousands of women ...

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“Birdman” flies high.


Art mirrors life on several levels in this dark comedy about a has-been movie actor who is trying to reboot his career by staging a Broadway play which inadvertently reflects his current situation. In the film, Birdman (or The Unexpected ...

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Non-sense and non-sensibility

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman, in possession of little fortune, must be in want of a husband. That’s the premise of Austenland, a romantic comedy about Mr Darcy uber-fan, Jane Hayes (Keri Russell). Jane , ...

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Afrikaans romcom sets the bar higher

  I am not a fan of Afrikaans comedy, despite Afrikaans being my home language. The Schuster slapstick, musical wish-wash I have come to expect fromt his genre has left a bitter taste in my mouth. Not so with the new film Semi-Soet (Semi-Sweet) though. ...

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Superhero diaries

What would you do if you had a superpower? Would you honestly go the comic-book hero route and embark on a selfless and lonely journey in which you try to rid the world of all evil? These are the questions posed ...

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Magical Marilyn

It’s 1956 and the world cannot seem to get enough of a certain voluptuous, platinum blonde singer-actress. With one smile, one wink, one laugh, Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) can charm virtually anyone. Desperately wanting to be seen as more than ...

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