Joel Edgerton

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  • It Comes At Night

    Movie Review | Becky Suter | 7th July 2017

    The real monsters are inside us, you know. For example, there’s a demon that lives inside of me that comes out after approximately 3 glasses of Chilean chardonnay. Aside from my semi-serious drinking problem, It Comes At Night teaches us that any external creepy threats are nothing compared to the horrors at home. Yeah, think on that.

  • Black Mass

    Movie Review | Ed Williamson | 4th December 2015

    There are a couple of premises on which Black Mass relies in lieu of a unique selling point. One is the idea, mainly established by marketing over the years, that a radical physical transformation for a role equals a daring and probably great performance. The other is that the audience's familiarity with the structure of the real-life gangster movie is enough to justify doing it all over again. Both are fallacies, and neither is enough to make it sparkle.

  • The Great Gatsby

    Movie Review | Matt | 19th May 2013

    If you could attend any party hosted by a Hollywood director, you'd want it to be Baz Luhrmann's, wouldn't you? I reckon he just beats out J.J. Abrams' cosplay event in the fun stakes, and you'd certainly want to avoid the intimate get-together round Lars Von Trier's house (*shudder*). Luhrmann clearly knows how to pull out all the stops - as evidenced in the ridiculously extravagant Gatsby gatherings here. The problem with this film, however, is that once we've seen one magnificently ostentatious evening, everything after fails to live up to the spectacle. Luhrmann basically invites us to the world's greatest party, but it's one that slowly sours over the course of the following two hours. At least James Cameron's uncompromising pool party would be consistent.

  • The 10 greatest Gatsby trailer faces

    Movie Feature | Ali | 5th April 2013

    Baz Luhrmann: master of subtlety.

  • Zero Dark Thirty

    Movie Review | Neil | 21st January 2013

    If you think your job's difficult, try being a CIA officer on the hunt for the world's least favourite terrorist. If it's not bad enough that your quarry is probably holed up in an anonymous cave in the middle of nowhere, you can barely enjoy your lunch break without something exploding all over you and you have to be across some of the world's most baffling jargon. So next time your PC point blank refuses to communicate with the office printer, think yourself lucky you're not involved in a black bag operation at angels two zero AGL with only three mikes left before you're completely winchester.

  • The Odd Life of Timothy Green

    Movie Review | Ed Williamson | 6th December 2012

    Star Wars or no Star Wars, here's Disney's bread and butter: family films about something magical happening. Now, there's not a lot of point complaining that they're overly saccharine: you knew what you signed up for and you got it. The Odd Life of Timothy Green spoons on a couple of extra helpings of sugar, sure, but I can hack that happily enough. What's tougher to get around is a structure that means it's painted itself into a corner within the first five minutes. Wait a second: bread, butter, sugar, paint ... nope, no mixed metaphors there. We're good to go.

  • Win Warrior on Blu-ray by looking inside this internet page

    Movie Competition | Ali | 16th February 2012

    Here's your chance to win officially the sixth best film of 2011 on spangly Blu-ray: three copies of Warrior are up for grabs. And punches. And crotch-punches. And kicks. And face-kicks.

  • Warrior

    Movie Review | Ali | 19th September 2011

    At a glance, Warrior looks like just another scrapper drama – dudes get into fights, one emerges victorious, life lessons are learned along the way, someone angling for a poster quote compares it to Raging Bull and we all go home with our bloodlust slaked. Shortlist's poster quote – "All the Rockys rolled into one!" – reads more like a back-handed compliment than an enthusiastic recommendation. As it unfolds, however, Warrior reveals itself to be more than just a brainless slugger – like the best boxing movies, it's able to utterly wrap you up in the moment and have you punching the air come its conclusion. Oh, and Warrior doesn't just have punching... it has kicking, too. Face kicking.

  • The Thing prequel has a trailer; the trailer has Inception Horn

    Movie Trailer | Ali | 14th July 2011

    (*THIIIIINNNNGGG*) The long-dormant prequel to The Thing has a trailer. (*THIIIIINNNNGGG*) It stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead and that guy from Dumb & Dumberer. (*THIIIIINNNNGGG*)

  • Animal Kingdom

    Movie Review | Ali | 24th February 2011

    Every once in a while, a fantastic new indie movie washes up on our shores, having surfed a wave of critical and commercial success from its native country... only for it to get utterly corn-holed at the UK box-office because no one can be bothered to go see it. Animal Kingdom is one such movie and you owe it a couple of hours of your life, because... really, what else are you going to do this weekend? Call your Mum? Please.