Film review: VICTORIA, from ‘Built For Speed’

Although it boasts the novelty of having been shot in one continuous take, low-budget German movie Victoria thankfully manages to be a complete film rather than an indulgent experiment. With its unusual ebb and flow of tension and manic action, Victoria intrigues, unnerves and excites in equal measure. The title character (Laia Costa) is a young Spanish woman who lives

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Film review: TRIPLE 9, from ‘Built For Speed’

On paper Triple 9 looked a winner. A rugged story of police corruption and organised crime helmed by a premier exponent of visceral action films, The Proposition and Lawless director John Hillcoat. The film also boasts a stellar cast including Kate Winslet, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Casey Affleck and Woody Harrelson. Despite its seemingly impeccable credentials, though, Triple 9 fails to fire.

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Film review: BLACK MASS, from ‘Built For Speed’

Black Mass dramatises the rein of crime boss James ‘Whitey’ bulger who ruled South Boston from the mid-70’s until the 1990’s. His story is told largely through flashbacks as Bulger’s (Johnny Depp) former associates spill the beans on his disturbing life of crime. The film reveals Bulger’s involvement in multiple murders including brutal vengeance on those he suspected of betraying

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Film review: CUT SNAKE, from ‘Built For Speed’

Many films have explored the idea of a person’s dark past coming back to haunt them like some monster from the Id; Sexy Beast and Cape Fear being two thrilling examples.  New Australian crime drama Cut Snake, which is set in 1970’s Brisbane, revisits this theme with impressively tense and disturbing results. Alex Russell plays young factory worker Merv or

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