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  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Mean Girls
  • William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet

Mad Max: Fury Road 4 stars

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Immortan Joe rules the Citadel with an iron fist and he intends to mastermind the propagation of mankind in his own cruel image using five women called The Wives. Imperator Furiosa kidnaps these slaves and flees across the Wasteland. They join forces with Max Rockatansky, who has knowledge of the Wasteland and can help the fugitives find sanctuary in the deadly shifting sands. In the process, Max lights a fuse on a bitter and bloody road war between Furiosa and Immortan Joe.

  • GenreAction, Adventure, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • CastNicholas Hoult, Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Riley Keough, Zoe Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
  • DirectorGeorge Miller.
  • WriterGeorge Miller, Brendan McCarthy, Nick Lathouris.
  • CountryAustralia/
  • Duration120 mins
  • Official sitewww.madmaxmovie.com
  • Release14/05/2015

Fasten your seat belts and hold on white-knuckle tight as writer-director George Miller invites you to an orgy of high-octane auto mayhem that makes Fast & Furious 7 looks like a sedate Sunday afternoon drive. Mad Max: Fury Road, the fourth instalment of the post-apocalyptic franchise, delivers a blitzkrieg of propulsive pursuits featuring almost 150 hand-built death machines of every conceivable shape and size.

These thrillingly choreographed sequences of carmageddon build to a jaw-dropping finale, replete with roof-mouthed metronome-like poles that allow road warriors to swoop down and snatch their prey from adjacent vehicles.

If the original Mad Max released in 1979 was soaked in testosterone, Fury Road adds a heady whiff of oestrogen by introducing a badass tribe of warrior women called the Vuvalini, who ride proudly into battle armed with explosive-tipped spears.

One prime specimen is Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron), the enigmatic driver of a mighty 18-wheeler mobile war rig. She reports to Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne), despotic leader of the Citadel, who is propagating the species in his cruel image using The Wives.

These five enslaved women (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Zoe Kravitz, Courtney Eaton, Abbey Lee) are impregnated by Immortan Joe to provide him with a viable male heir. Furiosa kidnaps The Wives and flees across the Wasteland with Immortan Joe and his army in hot pursuit.

Among the chasing horde is shaven-headed, tattooed acolyte Nux (Nicholas Hoult), who believes that death in battle will grant him entry to the warrior paradise of Valhalla. As Nux puts the pedal to the metal, his poisoned blood is replenished by a living donor, Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy), strapped to the front of the hot rod.

During the chase, Max breaks free from Nux and begrudgingly helps Furiosa and The Wives to evade Immortan Joe's clutches, bound for a lush oasis known as the Green Place.

Mad Max: Fury Road is a tour-de-force of adrenaline-pumping thrills. Computer trickery is kept to a bare minimum: stunt drivers actually performed these mind-boggling feats in real vehicles at dizzying speeds.

When director Miller briefly does take his foot off the accelerator, he hopes we'll be giddy enough on exhaust fumes to care deeply about plot and characterisation. Both sit quietly in the back seat, waiting for the next rev of a V-8 engine.

Hardy perfects an array of grunts and growls in place of dialogue. He's a dull boy though next to Theron's gutsy alpha female, who goes toe-to-toe and trades blow for bone-crunching blow with the grizzled anti-hero, channelling her character's sense of loss into vengeance.

Keays-Byrne takes a leaf out of Hardy's book from The Dark Knight Rises and dons a nightmarish face mask made of horse teeth. Miller's rambunctious ride is heightened by a deafening soundtrack courtesy of Grammy-nominated composer Junkie XL.

You'll feel the teeth rattle in your head as his sonic boom of drums, strings, thrashing electric guitars and a soaring 80-voice choir competes with the crash-bang-wallop of the on-screen carnage.

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Tuesday 30th August 2016

Mean Girls 4 stars

Fifteen-year-old Cady Heron moves from the African bush to American suburbia, where she is enrolled in the local high school. Her only two friends, misfits Janis and Damian, persuade Cady to befriend the school's primo bitch, Regina George, and infiltrate her coterie of beautiful young things, with the intention of exposing Regina for the minx she truly is. Cady agrees but the more time the newcomer spends with Regina and her mean girl chumettes, the nastier she becomes in turn.

  • GenreComedy, Drama, Romance
  • CastLindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey.
  • DirectorMark S Waters.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration97 mins
  • Official site
  • Release18/06/2004

According to the popular nursery rhyme, "Sugar and spice and all things nice, that's what little girls are made of!" Evidently, screenwriter Tina Fey is working to a radically different recipe. For her debut feature film screenplay, the Saturday Night Live alumnus concocts a wickedly mean-spirited and barbed comedy about the unwritten social rules and psychological warfare faced by the teenage girls of today. Fifteen-year-old Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) has enjoyed anything but a conventional childhood. Raised in the African bush by her anthropologist parents Chip (Neil Flynn) and Betsy (Ana Gasteyer), she has always been home tutored and has never had to endure the rituals of the high school. When her parents unexpectedly move back to America, Cady is enrolled in the local school where she is immediately treated as a social outcast by the various cliques which clutter up the cafeteria. The only two people who welcome her are misfits Janis (Lizzy Kaplan) and Damian (Daniel Franzese), whose aloofness from the rest of the student herd may well be connected to their sexual identities (Janis tells Cady that Damian is "so gay he can barely function".) The loners persuade Cady to befriend the school's primo bitch, Regina George (Rachel McAdams), and infiltrate her coterie of beautiful young things known as The Plastics, with the intention of exposing Regina for the calculating minx she truly is. Keen to impress Janis and Damian, Cady agrees to their plan, but the more time she spends with Regina and her mean girl chumettes Gretchen (Lacey Chabert) and Karen (Amanda Seyfried), the nastier she becomes in turn. Very soon, Cady is no longer pretending to be a mean girl: she dresses like them, talks like them and snipes like them, spreading lies and gossip without a thought for the consequences. Cady tries to justify her actions to Janis and Damian with the feeble, "I know it may look like I was being a bitch, but that was only because I was acting like a bitch," but the friends both see how much the newcomer has changed. When Cady dares to develop a crush on Regina's ex-beau, Aaron (Jonathan Bennett), the battle lines are drawn and the entire school becomes embroiled in the power struggle between the two meanest students in town. Only one of them will be left standing precariously on her platform heels. Based on Rosalind Wiseman's non-fiction bestseller Queen Bees And Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends And Other Realities Of Adolescence, Mean Girls is one of the smartest and sassiest teen comedies since Clueless. The screenplay is an embarrassment of stinging one-liners and asides, like when sweet-as-pie teacher Ms Norbury (Fey) pleads to a school assembly of girl students, "You've got to stop calling each other sluts and whores. It just makes it all right for guys to call you that!" Lohan and McAdams lead the young cast in fine style, each bringing charm, menace and attitude to their teenage combatants. Supporting players greedily devour their fair share of punchlines: Chabert and Seyfried are hilarious, the latter delivering the biggest laughs when he ditzy babe reveals: "It's like I have a fifth sense. It's like I have ESPN or something. My breasts can always tell when it's raining." Director Mark Waters, who previously worked with Lohan on the remake of Freaky Friday, invests the film with neat stylistic flourishes, while the soundtrack chugs along to infectious tracks from the likes of Pink, Kelis, Missy Elliott, Orbital and Peaches. Mean Girls reminds us, with a twinkle in its eye, that schooldays weren't all fun and games and some of us were lucky to survive.

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Wednesday 31st August 2016

William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet 4 stars

Romeo and Juliet are the youngest members of their clans, the Montagues and Capulets, who have been at war with one another for many years. Bloodshed, bitterness and betrayal litters the two clans' histories, both sides too proud and too consumed with anger to broker a lasting peace. In these tense times, Romeo and Juliet fall in love and attempt to continue their illicit liaisons, despite the heartache and grief it would cause their parents.

  • GenreAction, Adaptation, Comedy, Drama, Musical, Romance
  • CastLeonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, John Leguizamo, Harold Perrineau, Paul Sorvino, Pete Postlethwaite, Brian Dennehy, Paul Rudd.
  • DirectorBaz Luhrmann.
  • WriterBaz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration120 mins
  • Official site
  • Release14/02/2013 (selected cinemas)

Breathlessly daring re-invention of the Bard's tragi-romance across social barriers, featuring two tour-de-force performances from the young stars at its centre. Romeo (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Juliet (Claire Danes) are the youngest members of their clans, the Montagues and Capulets, who have been at war with one another for many years. Bloodshed, bitterness and betrayal litters the two clans' histories, both sides too proud and too consumed with anger to broker a lasting peace. In these tense times, Romeo and Juliet fall in love and attempt to continue their illicit liaisons, despite the heartache and grief it would cause their parents if they ever found out. Inevitably, the bad blood between the families taints their perfect love, resulting in the death of Romeo's most loyal aide Mercutio (Harold Perrineau) and Juliet's brother hot-headed Tybalt (John Leguizamo). Unable to accept their fates, Juliet turns to local priest Father Laurence (Pete Postlethwaite) for help, who suggests a radical and highly dangerous course of action.

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Thursday 1st September 2016