Would you like to play a game? Innovative horror film Saw turns 10 years old this week, which means it’s time to celebrate the iconic character of killer Jigsaw and the rise of the torture porn genre. If that’s really something that should be celebrated.
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23 September 2014, 10:42am
It must be nice being Denzel Washington. At 59 he's experienced critical and commercial success, kept his private life private, and still has the ability to make women of all ages swoon themselves into a tizzy. Left with nothing prove and no-one to impress, he can happily take on any role and any movie without it ruining his pristine reputation because, hello, he's Denzel Washington. Thirteen years after Training Day and his Oscar-winning performance, Washington has re-teamed with director Antoine Fuqua for The Equalizer; a big screen adaptation of a forgotten 1980s TV show of the same name.
22 September 2014, 5:34pm
One-time gruesome horror director David Cronenberg has a brand new star-studded drama coming to cinemas this week in the form of Map To The Stars, a satirical look at Hollywood starring Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack and Rob Pattinson. But why should we care? What we need is an explanation of David Cronenberg and his work by someone who explains things in an explanatory manner. Oh look, here comes The Explainer. He might know someone.
17 September 2014, 2:41pm
Privileged students cause havoc in this adaptation of the stage play Posh, helmed by An Education's Lone Scherfig. It's Oxford University Freshers Week, and nice guy Miles (Max Irons) forms an instant bond with down-to-earth northerner Lauren (Holliday Grainger). Quietly seething in the background is Alistair (Sam Claflin), a wealthy but socially awkward new student who's feeling the pressure of being in his older brother's shadow. Turns out his bro was a 'legend' and a member of The Riot Club, a secret dining society of posh boys who make a virtue out of trashing every establishment they frequent. Alistair is duly selected for membership, while Miles is surprised but flattered to be asked to join their ranks. Ridiculous initiation rituals commence, along with a potentially dangerous rivalry.
16 September 2014, 3:50pm
This week sees the release of A Walk Among The Tombstones, the second thriller this year to see Liam Neeson holding a gun and looking glum on the poster. In truth, the Liam Neeson Thriller has become its own genre in recent years thanks to the runaway success of Taken; Neeson, an actor of no small repute, has been reaping the benefits ever since, even if the critical reactions to his action movies haven't quite matched audiences' enthusiasm. His career is a complete anomaly in Hollywood terms: from trashy fantasy movies to hardcore action flicks via Oscar-winning dramas, Neeson has done it all. But where does he go from here?
10 September 2014, 11:04am
Great Scott! Those people lucky enough to become residents of Hill Valley at this summer's hot-ticket Back To The Future screenings probably didn't realise that they were undergoing a little time travel of their own. If they clambered into Virgin Media's DeLorean and let us gun her up to 88mph, they'd discover that the same principles that made the Secret Cinema events such a hit will also be helping save the cinema of 2064.
9 September 2014, 3:15pm
If ever a film lived up to its title it's Pride – bursting at the seams with passion for its cause, it bounces along spreading cheer and goodwill like a kid at Christmas. Revered theatre director Matthew Warchus' second film (after 1999's Simpatico) produces a tsunami of sentiment and a carnival's worth of fun; we witness a stirring sing-along and the improbable sight of The Wire's Jimmy McNulty (aka Dominic West) vigorously shaking his thang during a disco dance routine.
8 September 2014, 12:25am
Most film franchises are showing signs of wear and tear by their seventh instalment but the Fast and Furious juggernaut isn’t even close to applying the brakes. With each new film getting bigger and bolder, with more ridiculous stunts and more muscle-bound stars being added to the roster, it seems that nothing can get in the way. Not even personal tragedy.
7 September 2014, 4:09pm
Two years ago, in a boardroom far, far away from anyone’s wildest expectations, The Walt Disney Company bought Lucasfilm and announced immediately that Star Wars: Episode VII would be on the way. Do you have a bad feeling about this?
5 September 2014, 7:11am
To celebrate Seth Rogen unlikeliest of successful careers among funny, cuddly stoners, let’s take a look at the his funniest moments....