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Category: Movie & Theatre Reviews

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DVD REVIEW: ZZ TOP – Live In Germany 1980

DVD REVIEW: ZZ TOP – Live In Germany 1980

| 19 March 2014 | Reply

DVD REVIEW: ZZ TOP – Live In Germany 1980 Shock Entertainment Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7.5/10 With nary a sunglass (until 42 minutes in), furry guitar or long legged lady in sight, ZZ Top sure looked a lot different 1980-style from a mere 4 years on, once Eliminator took off and conquered the world. They […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: Le Week-End

MOVIE REVIEW: Le Week-End

| 13 February 2014 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: Le Week-End Directed by Roger Michell Starring Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan, Jeff Goldblum Reviewed by Trulie Pinnegar 7/10 Described as a film about a British couple who return to Paris many years after their honeymoon in an attempt to rejuvenate their marriage, Le Week-End could be mistaken as a light hearted rom-com. But […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: Robocop

MOVIE REVIEW: Robocop

| 13 February 2014 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: Robocop Directed by José Padilha Starring Joel Kinnaman, Samuel L Jackson, Michael Keating, Gary Oldman Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 6.5/10 Robotic law enforcement is an intriguing concept which has been explored on film many times, not least in 1987’s original Robocop starring Peter Weller as the guy who, almost dead, is turned into […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: Tracks

MOVIE REVIEW: Tracks

| 6 February 2014 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW: Tracks Directed by John Curran Starring Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 All of us need a little downtime, but a few hours away from our mobile phones and laptops, or a week on a beach somewhere is usually enough. Not Robyn Davidson. In 1975 she upped stumps, left her […]

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MOVIE REVIEW – Adoration

MOVIE REVIEW – Adoration

| 30 January 2014 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW – Adoration Directed by Anne Fontaine Starring Naomi Watts, Robin Penn, Ben Mendelsohn Reviewed by Trulie Pinnegar 7/10 Director Anne Fontaine wows the audience with the opening shots of this movie (named Two Mothers everywhere else in the world). We are taken on a whistle stop tour of the lead characters as they […]

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MOVIE REVIEW – Enough Said

MOVIE REVIEW – Enough Said

| 30 January 2014 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW – Enough Said Directed by Nicole Holofcener Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener, Toni Collette, Ben Falcone Reviewed by Trulie Pinnegar 7/10 What can be said about Enough Said? Quite simply, it’s a ‘nice’ film. Our heroine, Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), is a divorced self-employed masseuse and the film starts by taking us […]

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DVD REVIEW: Springsteen & I

DVD REVIEW: Springsteen & I

| 13 January 2014

DVD REVIEW: Springsteen & I Shock Entertainment Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9.5/10 The thought of sitting through an hour and a half of fanboys n’ girls gushing about their favourite performer sounds about as much fun as Chinese water torture, but SPRINGSTEEN & I makes it not only bearable, but life affirming, heart wrenchingly emotional, […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: Her

MOVIE REVIEW: Her

| 11 January 2014

MOVIE REVIEW: Her Directed by Spike Jonze Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8.5/10 Joaquin Phoenix is utterly compelling and believable as Theodore, a hurt and distant man in our increasingly dystopically virtual near future. Going through a divorce, he installs a new, artificial intelligence, operating system OS1 – who […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: Philomena

MOVIE REVIEW: Philomena

| 11 January 2014

MOVIE REVIEW: Philomena Directed by Stephen Frears Starring Steve Coogan, Judi Dench Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Based on a true story, Philomena follows Judi Dench’s titular character as she embarks on a journey to find the son who was taken from her as a teen almost 50 years hence. A scathing indictment of the […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty

MOVIE REVIEW: The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty

| 10 January 2014

MOVIE REVIEW: The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty Directed by Ben Stiller Starring Ben Stiller, Sean Penn, Kristen Wiig Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Ben Stiller’s Walter Mitty is a shy, bullied nobody plodding away in the basement of Life Magazine, unappreciated by anyone much other than his Mum, played charmingly by Shirley MacLaine. Blessed […]

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Movie review – The Book Thief

Movie review – The Book Thief

| 2 January 2014

The Book Thief Reviewed by Trulie Pinnegar We first meet Liesel (Sophie Nélisse) in February 1938, when she witnesses her brother die in their mother’s arms on a packed war time train – a shocking image leaving the audience thinking that the start of this story is the tale of a family who are fleeing […]

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Movie review – Kill Your Darlings

Movie review – Kill Your Darlings

| 15 December 2013

Movie review – Kill Your Darlings Directed by John Krokidas Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Michael C Hall Reviewed by Trulie Pinnegar 5/10 Viewers start to feel sympathy for the lead character Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe) from the start of the movie as they learn about his family life – a mentally ill mother (played […]

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Movie Review: The Butler

Movie Review: The Butler

| 2 November 2013 | Reply

Directed by Lee Daniels, Written by Danny Strong Starring Forrest Whittaker, Oprah Winfrey, Robin Williams, and a cast of thousands Reviewed by Trulie Pinnegar In the current movie arena, you would be forgiven for thinking that this movie is another White House related flick what with the recent releases of White House Down and Olympus […]

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Movie review – The Counselor

Movie review – The Counselor

| 26 October 2013 | Reply

Movie review – The Counselor Directed by Ridley Scott, written by Cormac McCarthy Starring Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 From the opening scene of Ridley Scott’s morality tale The Counselor, it’s obvious this is an anti-Hollywood movie. Laura (a radiant and barely made up Penelope […]

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Movie review – Diana

Movie review – Diana

| 2 October 2013 | Reply

Starring Naomi Watts Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Diana paints a picture of Princess Diana as a lonely, sad and slightly manipulative woman living in the eye of a media hurricane as her private life becomes virtually non-existent thanks to paparazzi hounding and public fascination. Focussing on the last two years […]

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Movie review – Metallica – Through The Never

Movie review – Metallica – Through The Never

| 1 October 2013 | Reply

Starring Metallica and Dane DeHaan Directed by Nimród Antal By Shane Pinnegar 8.5/10 Metallica’s Through The Never is part concert movie, and part conceptual storyline involving young gofer roadie Trip (Dane DeHaan) at a sold out ‘Tallica concert in Vancouver. The concert footage takes the viewer about as close as possible to the band as […]

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Movie review – I’m So Excited (Los Amantes Pasajeros)

Movie review – I’m So Excited (Los Amantes Pasajeros)

| 29 September 2013 | Reply

Starring Javier Cámara, Pepa Charro, Cecilia Roth Directed by Pedro Almodovar Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 6.5/10 Legendary Spanish director Pedro Almodovar brings us an updated 70’s bedroom farce for his latest feature, though he’s mixed it up and set it on board a plane mid-flight as technical problems look like they might bring the jet […]

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Movie review – Turbo 3D

Movie review – Turbo 3D

| 18 September 2013 | Reply

Starring Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Maya Rudolph, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Pena, Snoop Dogg and Michelle Rodriguez Directed by David Soren Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 The conceit that a snail ingesting nitrous oxide could be a serious contender at the Indi 500 car race is at the heart of Turbo and, ridiculous as that […]

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Movie review – White House Down

Movie review – White House Down

| 30 August 2013 | Reply

Directed by Roland Emmerich Starring Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Woods Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Beefcake of the moment Channing Tatum steps into the shoes (and wife beater singlet) of one of Bruce Willis’s most popular characters, John McLane, in what should really be titled Die Hard In The White House! White House […]

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JETHRO TULL – Around The World Live 4DVD set

JETHRO TULL – Around The World Live 4DVD set

| 22 August 2013 | Reply

Shock Entertainment Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Culled mostly from concerts filmed for TV broadcasts, plus a few bootlegs along the way, Around The World Live skips Jethro Tull’s early Aqualung tramp days but features many of singer Ian Anderson & Co’s concert setups from the 70’s through to 2005. The progression is an astonishing […]

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