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Tracker Trailer


Acclaimed British director Ian Sharp (Minder, The Professionals, Who Dares Wins, Robin of Sherwood, GoldenEye) takes us on an amazing adventure into the powerful beauty of New Zealand's South Island in 'Tracker'.

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Garage Days Review


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To borrow a phrase from Tolstoy, all pop music success stories are the same; every pop music failure is different. That's the genius behind VH1's Behind the Music (Why spend time listening to a good album when you can spend an hour learning about Styx's hubris?), and it also explains why most movies about the glamour of hitting it big in rock and roll are usually so disappointing. Stuck with an obvious story, the results are either campy (Help!), earnestly boilerplate (Almost Famous), or pretentiously awful (The Doors). But director Alex Proyas has the right idea with Garage Days, his likeable comedy about a hopelessly mediocre Australian rock band that can't get a decent gig.

Still, every rock movie good or bad needs a young kid with good looks and ambition, which here takes the form of Freddy (Kick Gurry), a sandy-haired singer with a vendetta against gambling machines and tendency to lose to his girlfriend's vibrator in the sexual sweepstakes. Worse, the girlfriend happens to be Tanya (Pia Miranda), the bassist in his go-nowhere Sydney band, which is filled with neurotic lead guitarist Joe (Brett Stiller) and drummer Lucy (Chris Sadrinna), an amateur pharmacist whose concoctions tend to produce more vomit than highs. Add to this Bruno (Russell Dykstra), a manager with no schmoozing skills to speak of, and Proyas winds up having great fun bouncing his characters against one another, revealing both their ineptitude and their charms.

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Learning Curve Review


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I had zero expectations from Learning Curve (tagline: "This Ain't No Breakfast Club"), but about half an hour into the film I found myself enthralled. So follow along.

John Davies plays a substitute teacher named Walmsley to a group of no-good loser teens who insult him at every turn and even physically assault him in the hallways. So Walmsley does what any of us would do: He cleverly kidnaps the teens, drops them in an electrified pen -- naked -- on a remote piece of property, and begins their re-education in earnest, tough-love style.

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