Film review: ALLIED, from ‘Built For Speed’

Allied is a slow-moving but effective World War 2 spy drama.  The film stars Brad Pitt and Marion Cotilliard in a relationship that inevitably draws comparisons with Mr and Mrs Smith.  Pitt plays Canadian Air Force group captain Max Vatan (Pitt) who teams up with French resistance operative Maryanne (Marion Cotillard) in Casablanca in 1942 to assassinate a Nazi ambassador. 

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Film review: THE BIG SHORT, from ‘Built For Speed’

The Big Short sounds like the title of a caper comedy and in a sense it is although the caper is a particularly dubious one, the multi-billion dollar exploitation of a dysfunctional and seemingly corrupt financial system by greedy unscrupulous bond traders that led to the GFC and the financial devastation of millions of working people in 2008. Directed by

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Film review: WORLD WAR Z, from Built For Speed

Shaun of the Dead and Warm Bodies showed that there is something inherently comical about zombie movies.  These films suggested that the sight of actors in bad makeup staggering around and chewing on people’s intestine had become ridiculous and lost its ability to shock.  In that light, Brad Pitt’s latest film World War Z seemed to be courting ridicule with

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Film review: KILLING THEM SOFTLY, from Built for Speed

Killing Them Softly is the latest film for Chopper and The Assassination of Jesse James by the coward Robert Ford director Andrew Dominik.   As in Jesse James, Brad Pitt stars as a charismatic criminal casually disposing of those unfortunates on his hit list.  Here, however, the story has moved from the foreboding landscape of the American west to the decaying clutter of

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