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: MACBETH, from ‘Built For Speed’

There have been countless big screen adaptations of Shakespeare’s works and they’ve varied in quality from stunning (Roman Polanski’s Macbeth and Franco Zeffirelli’s The Taming of the Shrew) to hideous (the recent Kiwi caravan park version of Romeo and Juliet). Australian director Justin Kurzel’s adaptation of Macbeth falls somewhere in the middle, it’s an ambitious attempt to capture the raw

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Film review: RUST AND BONE, from Built For Speed

Rust and Bone is an unusual French romantic drama about broken people seeking repair and redemption.  Unbelievably, the film manages to credibly mix dysfunctional relationships, killer whales, bare-knuckle fighting and amputee sex. Matthias Schoenaerts plays Ali a deadbeat dad and petty thief who just can’t stay out of trouble. Drifting through life he stumbles from one job to another as

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