Know your Movies: Three of the Best

We’ve asked film blogger Jon Dickinson to review his top three movie picks to make it easier to give your new screen a little much-needed TLC.

31 May 2013


Knowhow Movies' huge variety of cinema classics and critically acclaimed new releases means there's something for everyone. However, choosing a film to see at the cinema is difficult enough as it is. Take that dilemma into your living room and the great new HD, 3D or smart TV you've just purchased can be left doomed to second-rate satellite soaps and dodgy documentaries. Luckily, we've asked film blogger Jon Dickinson to review his top three movie picks to make it easier to give your new screen a little much-needed TLC.



Director: Ben Affleck

Writer: Chris Terrio (screenplay), Joshuah Bearman (article)

Starring: Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, John Goodman


After delivering two solid movies with Gone Baby Gone and The Town, Ben Affleck is back once more in the directors chair with his political thriller Argo which is based on a declassified true story which for me was my favourite film of 2012.

In 1979, more than sixty Americans from the US embassy were held as hostage during the Iranian revolution. Narrowly escaping capture, Six people have no choice but to hide out in the home of the Canadian ambassador in fear of being publicly executed. When Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck), a CIA extraction specialist learns of this, he begins to concoct a plan to rescue them that would involved the escapees pretending to be the film crew of a new sci-fi movie called Argo.

An intense and extremely dramatic ride, Argo will hold you in a vice-like trance all the way until the roll of the end credits.

Rating 5/5 



Director: Jason Moore

Writer: Kay Cannon

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Rebel Wilson

pitch perfect

Directed by Jason Moore and adapted from the book written by Mickey Rapkin, Pitch Perfect tells the story of The Barden Bellas.

After a disastrous failing at the previous year's finals, they are forced to regroup. Among their new recruits is Beca, an independent aspiring DJ with no interest in college life. After she meets Jesse, a member of the rival all-male a cappella group, Beca has a change of heart and takes it upon herself to help the Bellas find their new look and sound and get back into the competition.

Starring Anna Kendrick (Twilight), Brittany Snow (Hairspray) and Rebel Wilson (Bridesmaids) Pitch Perfect will be sure to raise a few smiles and instantly improve your mood with its laugh-out-loud comedy and the entertaining musical numbers.

Rating: 4/5



Director: Scott Derrickson
Writer: Scott Derrickson
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio


Director Writer Scott Derrickson truly pushes beyond the bland formula of the modern horror film with Sinister. Telling the story of true-crime writer Ellison Oswalt who moves himself and his family into a house where a horrific crime once took place. As his research continues he comes across a box of 8mm home movies but after watching he realises that the films contain a much darker threat to him and his family.

Embracing the better elements of horror and then building on them, Derrickson has created an original yet genuinely terrifying film. Rarely taking time to slow down, the film catapults the audience into a relentless movie experience that will paralyse them with fear.

Rating: 4/5


- Written by movie buff, Jon Dickinson (aka MarvelGuy)


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