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The International

The International 2009, USA Directed by: Tom Tykwer Written by: Eric Singer Produced by: Lloyd Philips, Charles Roven, Richard Suckle Starring: Clive Owen, Naomi Watts, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Ulrich Thomsen Filmed all over Europe and the US, The International aims to be a slick action thriller in the vein of the Bourne films, with a bit …

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Burn After Reading

Burn After Reading 2008, USA Directed by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen Produced by Tim Bevan, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Eric Fellner Starring: George Clooney, Frances McDormand, John Malkovitch, Tilda Swinton, Brad Pitt There’s a fine line between cynical black comedy and sociopathy. On one side of it, you …

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‘Taken’ works best when it abandons all sense

Taken Directed by Pierre Morel Written by Robert Mark Kamen and Luc Besson 2008, USA With the arrival of the Obama age, filmgoers will now render their verdict on what remains of the spy thriller, a genre that found itself massively retooled during the Bush era. In the age of extraordinary rendition and “enhanced” interrogation …

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The Descendant

The Descendant Philippe Spurrell’s feature debut is an intriguing story revolving around a small community, and its shared secret past history, and how an outsider pushes those secrets to the surface for all to see. Since the film does rely on the element of surprise for it to work as a mystery, I will not …

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