Brutal sequel a vibrant victory

3SR: Panem’s reluctant firebrand returns, bringing the revolution with her in this infinitely more vibrant and successful addition to the Hunger Games franchise.   Starring:  Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Donald Sutherland and Elizabeth Banks. Directed by Francis Lawrence Written by Michael Arndt, Simon Beaufoy, based on the novel … More Brutal sequel a vibrant victory

The existential nihilist goes to the movies

3SR: Circling the drain like turds in a bowl, the characters in The Counselor serve little purpose other than to annoy the crap out of anyone watching. Starring: Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz Directed by Ridley Scott Written by Cormac McCarthy Thriller. 1hr 57mins. R16 for graphic violence, sex scenes and … More The existential nihilist goes to the movies

A fantasy for strong men with good hearts

3SR: Taut, suspenseful, supremely crafted thriller with a gooey, wish-fullfillment core, Prisoners is grim-but-good entertainment. Starring: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo and Paul Dano. Directed by Denis Villeneuve Written by Aaron Guzikowski Drama, mystery, thriller. 2hr 33mins. R16 for violence, offensive language and content that may disturb. ***1/2 … More A fantasy for strong men with good hearts

Caped teens deliver morals with a kick

3SR: Raucous, ultra violent fun as teen superhero Hit Girl faces her most evil enemy yet – the US High School system. Kick-Ass 2 Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jim Carrey Directed by Jeff Wadlow Written by Jeff Wadlow from the comics by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. Action, comedy, thriller. … More Caped teens deliver morals with a kick

Rise of the rotten utopia

3SR: Sumptuous world building and a paper thing story can’t disguise the brutal metaphor behind Elysium – there’s something rotten in paradise, and it’s us. Elysium Starring: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga Written and directed by Neill Blomkamp Action, drama, science fiction, thriller. 1hr 49mins. R16 for violence and offensive language ***1/2 … More Rise of the rotten utopia