Sam Neill

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  • The Commuter

    Movie Review | Ali Gray | 18th January 2018

    Every January, Liam Neeson is parachuted into the mid-awards season slump, his brand of no-nonsense, cut-and-dried-in-90-minutes action thrills the perfect antidote to sludgy Oscar bait and the subsequent melange of self-consuming hot takes. His enemies are not the vaguely Eastern European drug dealers and criminals he fights on screen; his real opponents are Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Greta Gerwig. We cannot overlook the importance of having trashy movies exist alongside important movies: films like The Commuter are crucial to balance out the cinematic chi. Though Neeson's latest run-and-gunner will come and go in a single weekend, leaving nary a trace until he releases the exact same movie next January, it is an essential addition to your awards season watchlist. The Commuter should not be Taken 4: Granted.

  • Hunt For The Wilderpeople

    Movie Review | Ali Gray | 15th September 2016

    Forget America and Great Britain: the real special relationship the UK has is with Oceania. I've always felt closer to my Australian and Kiwi brothers than I have our American chums, and I think self-deprecation plays a big part in that. Our friends from across the Atlantic often struggle to laugh at themselves, but our friends in the Pacific have a healthy appreciation of self-mockery; the New Zealander sense of humour feels far more aligned with our own. Perhaps this is why Taika Waititi's comedy Hunt For The Wilderpeople feels so comfortingly familiar: it's an inward-looking comedy that's not afraid to poke fun at its country's own foibles but still manages to feel like a celebration of life on a little island.

  • Saturday gawp: rare footage of Spielberg filming Jurassic Park

    Movie News | Ali | 14th April 2012

    Cinematic evolution in the making (courtesy of @DavidBrake90).

  • Alcatraz - season one, episode 1

    TV Review | Kirsty Harrison | 13th March 2012

    What were your favourite two things about Lost? It was Hurley and the mysterious island, right? Well check your lottery numbers baby, because your luck is right in.

  • Play hide and seek with the new poster for Alcatraz

    TV Feature | Matt Looker | 5th January 2012

    ...8...9...10! Ready or not, here come Sam Neill, some woman and the fat one from Lost!

  • Alcatraz fans will probably be called Alca-holics

    TV Video | Ed Williamson | 30th November 2011

    I'd imagine so, anyway. You know, like how big fans of Peter Dinklage call themselves Peter-philes? No, they definitely do. They set up their own website and everything. Hang on, I'll look it up now. See look, here it is, and it's ... oh. Oh my.

  • Jurassic Park

    Movie Review | Ali | 25th September 2011

    And so, Jurassic Park week, the special event that was 65 million and 18 years in the making, comes to an end. We've laughed, we've cried, we've freaked out a little bit when Sam Neill tweeted his approval... Truly, there's nothing left to say about Jurassic Park that hasn't been said this w- Shit! The review!

  • Jurassic Park Week just got serious

    Movie News | Ali | 23rd September 2011

    This morning, I thought Jurassic Park Week getting a Twitter shout-out from the guy who played OB off Hollyoaks was going to be the highlight of my day. Then, this happened.

  • Daybreakers

    Movie Review | Ali | 10th January 2010

    Rather like how human blood is in short supply in this vampire thriller, original ideas are a scarce commodity in Hollywood these days. The vampire genre in particular has been sucked dry so completely by Twi-hards and tweenies, the moment screenwriters Michael and Peter Spierig pitched the very adult concept for Daybreakers, desperate producers must have sunk their teeth into it like thirsty bloodsuckers.