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The Motel Life Review

The Motel Life

The Motel Life is adapted by Alan and Gabe Polsky, from the debut novel by American writer and musician Willy Vlautin, frontman of alt-country critical darlings Richmond Fontaine. Vlautin’s songs and novels chiefly deal with the disenfranchised no-hopers on the fringes of the American dream, desperate people who make desperate choices. And so it is […]

Rio 2 Review


With forthcoming sporting events such as the World Cup and the Olympics fast approaching, the bustling, effervescent city of Rio is seemingly the place to be, and thanks to Carlos Saldanha, the director of the eponymous children’s animation, we return to the Brazilian capital once again, in the anticipated sequel, Rio 2. In this instance, […]

Noah Review


Having been behind some of the most ingenious, avant-garde pictures of the past two decades, filmmaker Darren Aronofsky is now trying his hand at something a little more ambitious, with a considerably greater budget than he’s used to working with. Though eyebrows were suitably raised at his decision to tackle the immense story of Noah, […]

Divergent Review


16-year-old Beatrice Prior (Shailene Woodley) has been raised to be selfless above all things. Her parents belong to one of the five factions which govern society – Abnegation, Candor, Dauntless, Erudite and Amity – each member selected by a personality test which proscribes deviation from social mores and sets them on their life’s path. Faction […]

Twenty Feet From Stardom Review


For all the problems that come with the annual awards season frenzy, the great thing about it is that people who aren’t always in the foreground, but who are essential to a production can be appreciated, from sound design to visual effects. It’s fitting then that Twenty Feet From Stardom – a film which puts […]

Dangerous Acts Review


Dealing with the subject of “The Last Dictator of Europe”, the deprivation of human rights and oppression that forces people into exile, it is easy to label Dangerous Acts “important.” If for no other reason this is because films such as Madeleine Sackler’s documentary are holding a fundamentally important discussion and reflection of our contemporary […]

Movie App Review: Beyond the Screen

Beyond the Screen app

It’s easy to love the films from Messrs. Wright, Pegg and Frost. There is a tangible sense of fun coupled with a lifetime’s love of movies going into every zombie kill, every church steeple to the face and every alien head walloped off. While we bemoan the use of phones (and now – bizarrely – […]

Almost Married Review

Almost married

Having made a name for herself in hit television series The Inbetweeners, Emily Atack is now pursuing a career in cinema, in a film that’s somewhat similar to, well, The Inbetweeners. However where the ingenious comedy shines in it’s vulgarity, Ben Cookson’s debut feature falls flat. Simply because the protagonists, to be completely honest, are […]

The Fold Review

The fold

The theme of grief is one frequently explored in cinema, though commonly with somewhat cliched, banal repercussions, as a subject we’ve often seen dealt with a detrimental indelicacy. However in John Jencks’ debut feature The Fold, we scrutinise over the notion with intrigue, acutely studying how people can react to such anguish, in what proves […]

The HeyUGuys Instant Watching Guide – March 24th 2014

The Purge Facemask

Not much to speak of in the pre-amble this week except that From Dusk Till Dawn episode 2 on Netflix continued in fine form and presented an interesting and somewhat unique version of a vampire which was actually quite scary. If you have written this off because it sounds cheap and forced (admittedly on paper […]

G.B.F. Review


Darren Stein’s sparkling comedy G.B.F. is one of those typical American high-school set productions where every character looks like they’re more likely to be picking up their own children from school, rather than actually study there. Nonetheless, this merely sets the precedence for a picture that requires a suspension of disbelief in order to enjoy, […]

Salvo Review


There’s nothing quite like an Italian Mafia movie. They are cinematic by their very nature, oozing style, sex and masculinity. They are made for the big screen, and Salvo, the latest offering from Italian duo Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza, is certainly no exception. It has all the hallmarks of an exciting, modern thriller, yet […]

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Review


Where Captain America: The First Avenger was an efficient if slightly underwhelming piece of superhero entertainment, the star-spangled hero’s second solo outing helmed by Community’s Anthony and Joe Russo is an altogether different beast; multi-layered and action-packed, it’s Marvel’s best standalone film yet and easily the best representation of the character on screen thus far. […]

About Last Night Review

Kevin Hart - About Last Night

When two star-crossed lovers in this Steve Pink production settle down to indulge in Edward Zwick’s About Last Night…, in that instance you realise that though sharing the same name as the 1986 endeavour, this is by no means a straight up remake, instead more of a contemporary reimagining of sorts, paying homage to the […]

Yves Saint Laurent Review

Yves Saint Laurent

Made with what looks like the full seal of approval from the late designer’s fashion empire (he passed away in 2008), Yves Saint Laurent isn’t quite the fawning hagiography it could have so easily been, yet it’s not the most stimulating and probing portrait, either. It’s a handsome-looking, if sedate affair, which benefits immensely from […]

Göteborg International Film Festival: Powerless Review


400 million people in India have no access to electricity. Screened at the Göteborg International Film Festival, Powerless (Katiyabaaz) is a highly charged documentary that tries to shed some light on India’s gigantic electric dilemma. The film focuses on two inhabitants of the city of Kanpur, India, both representing different sides of the system. One […]

Muppets Most Wanted Review


Given the deserved critical acclaim of The Muppets preceding endeavour, it was something of a concern to see lead star and co-writer Jason Segel opt out of the opportunity to get involved in their latest project Muppets Most Wanted. However who better to pass on screenwriting duties to, than the director himself James Bobin – […]

A Long Way Down Review

A Long Way Down UK Poster

Following on from his delightfully whimsical comedy Heartbreaker, French director Pascal Chaumeil has now tried his hand in the English language, adapting Nick Hornby’s novel A Long Way Down. Teaming up with writer Jack Thorne – who penned the incredibly devastating This is England TV series, it’s fair to say that their contrasting styles was […]

The HeyUGuys Instant Watching Guide – March 17th 2014

IW Oh Brother

So as promised I watched the first episode of From Dusk Till Dawn the series and….pretty damn good actually. It starts off with a scene that will come to mean more as the series wears on and which calls back to the second straight to DVD From Dusk Till Dawn sequel Hangman’s Daughter which dealt […]

Veronica Mars Review


The line between television and cinema at present, is suitably blurred, as the comprehensive, all-embracing nature to American series at the moment is justifiably likened to feature films, and the crossover has never been more evident than in the likes of True Detective, for instance. It’s therefore come as little surprise to see Rob Thomas […]

Göteborg International Film Festival: Suzanne Review


French female director Katell Quillévéré follows her celebrated debut, Love like Poison, with an intimate family drama, Suzanne. The drama, which had its Nordic premiere at the Göteborg International Film Festival,  tells the story of a working class family consisting of a widowed father (François Damiens) raising his two daughters, Suzanne (Sara Forestier) and Maria (Adéle Haenel). […]