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Film Review

Locke: Review

The story of Ivan Locke (Tom Hardy), dedicated family man, and successful, and hard working construction manager. His night begins at the end of a shift, and he receives a call that will set into motion a series of events that threaten this carefully cultivated existence.

Hardy delivers a tour-de-force of emotion, thoughts, and as well are witness to call after call, he skilfully unravels the intimate details of his private life, as this too begins to fall apart. All this as he makes his journey along the highway.

There are few who could turn a story of a man, in a car, on the phone, into a riveting story, and it would take the combined force of a well written script, great direction, and masterful talent to pull this off. And Locke succeeds. Hardy is on his ‘A game’ here, and we’d expect nothing less.

Locke opens 27 June 2014 on South African screens, and those looking for a well crafted story, should thoroughly enjoy this one.

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Film Review

How To Train Your Dragon 2: Review

Based on the books by Cressida Cowell, and five years on since the young Viking Hiccup befriended the injured dragon, Toothless, we join the colourful characters once again for How To Train Your Dragon 2.

With grown-up responsibilities looming, Hiccup and Toothless set off searching for answers, only to encounter a mysterious dragon rider, who turns out to be his long-lost mother, at the same time discovering they Vikings are threatened by a power-hungry villain.

How To Train Your Dragon 2 does not disappoint with stunning visuals. The screen comes alive, with the attention to detail, from the impressive rendering of fur, scales and hair, to the smallest detail and background action taking place. Berk feels real, and the younger audience will be in awe of the flying, twirling dragon creatures.

The story is a great ride, a tale of twists, and one that will appeal to both young and old. There are tons of laughs, from the jokes appealing to children, the cuteness of some scenes, and the humour aimed more at an older audience.

This is one fun film, and one the entire family will enjoy. A must see for 2014. How To Train Your Dragon 2 opens 20 June 2014 in South Africa.

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Film Review

22 Jump Street: Review

Previously, in 21 Jump Street, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) were back in high school, true to the original television series. Now, in 22 Jump Street, they pair are in for big changes, as they go undercover in a local college.

Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the local athletic team, while Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene.

22 Jump Street steps up the jokes. Less crudeness, and far more hilarity. There is not a moment that goes by that you are not laughing. Jokes aside, there is a story to enjoy too. The pair have a palpable energy on screen, when they’re arguing, being friends, or just being silly in a fight scene, adding to the fun of the story, and leaving you to wonder if they really are such numb skulls in real life.

The story holds it own, which although not one that will push the limits of anyone’s intelligence, it has enough twists and turns to keep you thinking.

This is by far one of the funniest movies of the year, and well worth a watch. 22 Jump Street opens 20 June 2014 in South Africa.

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Film Review

Edge Of Tomorrow: Review

Major William Cage (Tom Cruise), an officer who has not seen a day of combat, is unceremoniously dropped into an impossible mission. Killed within minutes, Cage finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop, forcing him to live the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying, again and again.

Edge Of Tomorrow is a macho romp of bravado, saving the world, defeating the aliens, Cruise in his element. There are a ton of special effects, but Blunt shines in her first major outing as an action star, totally believable as a war hardened warrior, tasked with training Cruise on each iteration of his day, as it repeats again, and again.

Edge of Tomorrow has hints of Groundhog Day, coupled with Starship Troopers. The story is Cruise, becoming the hero he portrays in each of his films, but there is more to it, with some humour interspersed between the action scenes.

It’s a fun, action journey. Forgetting that in the end it’s Tom Cruise saving the world, the ride is an exciting one.

Edge Of Tomorrow opens 13 June 2014 in South African cinemas.

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Theatre

Candid Confessions Fundraiser

An exclusive one-night performance of Candid Confessions at The Milnerton Playhouse on June 25 at 8pm is a fundraising event to secure funds for our staging of The Beauty of Incomplete Things at the Fringe at The Joburg Theatre in July.

Candid Confessions IS NOT a re-staging of the World Premiere production of The Beauty of Incomplete Things that took place at The Intimate Theatre in January 2014, but offers a clever telling of the story.

In Candid Confessions the characters of David ( Wojtek Lipinski) , Tommy ( Rowan Malcolm Studti) and Steve ( Andre Lombard) are trapped in limbo after the tragedy of what happened during their encounter in the cabin that fateful weekend, and poignantly reflects on what happened through introspective and intimate conversation with the audience.

Drifting in and out of a circle of light, they share their thoughts through Candid Confessions….

Filled with humour, pathos and candour, Candid Confessions is a provocative and intimate journey into the hearts and souls of three befuddled men trying to redeem themselves through a final confession. Possessive love, obsessive fantasy and tainted passion clash head-on in an alluring emotional journey of love, wrath and redemption, where three rivals discover that there lies beauty in incomplete things.

Candid Confessions is written and directed by Daniel Dercksen and features the same cast of The Beauty of Incomplete Things who are now in rehearsal for the tour to Johannesburg.

Make sure not to MISS this special fundraiser and support our team on our journey to Johannesburg.

Tickets are R120 and bookings can be made online at www.milnertonplayers.com or by calling 072 474 1079. You can also send an email to beauty@writingstudio.co.za or visit www.writingstudio.co.za There will be a cash bar and you are invited to share light snacks with the cast after the performance