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Parallax Podcast: Cloud Atlas, The Last Stand, Searching for Sugarman & more

Cloud Atlas baffles. Arnie returns in The Last Stand. On DVD, we find Sugarman and review John Hillcoat’s Lawless. This and more from Luke Buckmaster and Rich Haridy in The Parallax Podcast.

 

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Welcome to Cloud Atlas, a mind-blowing piece of work from the Wachowski siblings and German director Tom Tykwer. It has a star-studded cast — Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent and many others — and oodles of plotlines, special effects and scenes of OTW mayhem.

Welcome to The Last Stand, the first Arnold Schwarzenegger movie in the post-Governator era. He plays “da sheriff” of a small town in Arizona where a Mexican drug cartel boss is heading, post-haste. Guess who is there to stop him?

On the DVD shelves: welcome to Lawless, Australian director John Hillcoat’s second film adapted from a screenplay by Nick Cave. It’s a prohibition-era drama set in rural America, starring a bevvy of A-list talent including Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce and Mia Wasikowska.

And welcome to Searching for Sugarman, director Malik Bendjelloul’s Oscar-nominated documentary about legendary folk singer Rodriguez. Never heard of him? Perhaps it’s time you should.

That’s a lot of welcoming. These four films are discussed and debated by us: critics Luke Buckmaster and Rich Haridy. Our verdict? You’ll have to listen to find out.

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