Danny Boyle

T2 Trainspotting

Set 20 years after the original, and reuniting all of the original players, the film centers on prodigal son Renton (Ewan McGregor), who returns to Edinburgh two decades after ditching his mates and running off with their money. Partially repentant, partially lonely, partially curious about what’s become of his old friends and partially eager to …

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Steve Jobs

Was Apple’s founder and figurehead Steve Jobs a master strategist? A tech visionary? A bullying boss? A douchebag ex? A deadbeat dad? Steve Jobs, the film, argues all of the above about Steve Jobs, the man. Framed in three real-time-ish parts, the story takes us behind the scenes of three product launch events (in 1984, …

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127 Hours

The one-man-against-the-odds drama revolves entirely around James Franco’s terrific solo performance as Aron Ralston, the skilled but somewhat reckless rock climber whose self-preservation instincts ultimately saved his life when a 2003 climbing accident left his arm pinned under a boulder. Trapped by himself in the middle of nowhere and wedged in a crack carved through …

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28 Days Later

28 Days Later opens with a rather deliciously ironic scenario of a bunch of well-meaning activists breaking into an experimental lab in Cambridge to free a bunch of test animals. “But wait!” the hapless scientist screams, “These monkeys are infected!!!” With what? Simply put (in movie terms), these monkeys have full-blown cases of RAGE. Dewey-eyed, …

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Sunshine

Everyone knows that solar rays can be damaging, but the extent of the damage varies according to proximity, as the crew of Icarus II begins to realize during a deep-space mission to “reignite” the sun, which is slowly dying and threatening life on Earth as a result. Directed by Danny Boyle, the nicely atmospheric but …

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Trance

James McAvoy stars as Simon, an art auctioneer who’s pulled into the high-stakes heist of a multi-million-dollar painting. But when the job goes awry and he’s knocked unconscious, he loses a chunk of his memory and can’t remember where he’s hidden the stolen goods. Unfortunately for Simon, Franck (Vincent Cassel), his gangster partner-in-crime, is none …

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Slumdog Millionaire

The winner of the audience award at the Toronto International Film Festival and ultimately the Oscar for Best Picture, director Danny Boyle’s latest offering combines his trademark frenetic style (see: Trainspotting) with a distinctly Hollywood-esque “little engine that could” type story, and the result is a colorful, enjoyable, occasionally harrowing and all-around entertaining drama with …

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