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Evil Dead Review

Director: Fede Alvarez
Writer: Fede Alvarez, Rodo Sayagues
Starring: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci
Running Time: 91 Minutes
Year: 2013

Oh, The Evil Dead. Mistress of my youth. Deciding to watch a remake of a much beloved film is a tough choice, as do you really want to spend an entire running time marking out the differences between the two? No, not especially. Taking a trip down to that cabin in the woods filled me with equal amounts dread and excitement. Dread because the older I get, the more films affect me. Excitement because this reboot has arrived with praise.

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Warm Bodies Review

Director: Jonathan Levine
Writer: Jonathan Levine
Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich
Running Time: 98 Minutes
Year: 2013

Let’s get this little tidbit out of the way. The novel on which Warm Bodies is based, by Seattle author Isaac Marion is very very good. By that I mean, it opens the zombie genre up, tinkers around with the starter motor and then goes full throttle. It’s one of the better offerings to horror’s latest love affair.

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The Last Stand Review

Director: Kim Jee-Woon
Writer: Andrew Knauer
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Forest Whitaker, Johnny Knoxville
Running time: 107 minutes
Year: 2012

For his first starring role in over ten years you’d expect Arnold Schwarzenegger would be out to prove he’s still got it. He’s not and he ain’t. As small-town Sheriff Ray Owens in The Last Stand, he can barely muster the sincerity to utter a genuine greeting to his townsfolk. This is nothing out of the ordinary for the Austrian actor, who made a name for himself playing The Terminator; a robotic, monosyllabic beefcake. Seems Arnie is still struggling to shed that image. Obviously director Jee-Woon hoped to capitalise on what made Schwarzie so popular – his inability to convey human emotions.

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Gone Review

Director: Heitor Dhalia
Writer: Allison Burnett
Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer Carpenter, Wes Bentley
Running time: 95 minutes
Year: 2012

Amanda Seyfried has established quite a name for herself in recent years. She’s appeared in dirge like Dear John and big starry affairs like Mamma Mia! She’s a thesp who’s willing to try it all. What’s unfathomable is why she chose to take the lead in Gone.

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Lockout Review

Director: James Mather, Stephen St. Leger.
Writer: Luc Besson, James Mather, Stephen St. Leger. 
Starring: Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace, Peter Stormare.
Running time: 95 minutes
Year: 2012

Lockout is a sci-fi actioner set in a future which permits convicts to be incarcerated in a giant prison floating above Earth. While it seems that cinema has fully cleared out sci-fi’s closet of interesting concepts by raiding every genre author’s back catalogue, Lockout proves there’s still room for emerging ideas. A nifty premise from the outset, the film benefits from an original story and a tight script by Luc Besson (Leon.)

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