While admittedly formulaic and replete with rather cliché plot devices, The Town, starring Rebecca Hall and Ben Affleck in the lead roles, is a very decent crime drama with a good mix of intriguing story, sporadic character development and high-octane moments.
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Clearly not the picture to see for the faint-hearted, Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island will consistently keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the film and leave you questioning not only the sanity of the protagonists but also your own by the time it ends.
Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan is nothing short of a masterpiece, a complex yet incredibly dark, frenetic noir classic that delivers on all counts, making this offering an excellent choice for its niche audience.
A stylish modern take on the classic American horror story, Wrong Turn remains an impressive example of horror cinema done right seven years after its initial release at the peak of the slasher genre revival in 2003.
Interpreting film noir essentially as a mindless frenzy of shabbily dressed lunatics slicing off each other’s limbs with machetes, The Book of Eli fails to build credibility as the refined genre work it purports itself to be.
Kathryn Bigelow’s Oscar-nominated The Hurt Locker is perhaps one of the best war films ever made – and quite certainly the definitive cinematic work dealing with the current war in Iraq.
With its collapsible giant mushrooms, predatory pterodactyl-types and rhinoceros-like hammer-headed creatures, Avatar is every bit as good as promised and sets a clear example of what sci-fi movies should be like.