MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
2015, Warner Bros./Village Roadshow, 120 min, Dir: George Miller

More than 30 years beyond THUNDERDOME, George Miller (Academy Award nominee for Best Director) revisits his post-apocalyptic demolition derby. Tom Hardy takes the reins as drifter ex-cop “Mad” Max Rockatansky, whose wasteland survival skills are matched by those of Charlize Theron as Furiosa; together they hope to liberate the wives of the tyrannical Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne – original MAD MAX baddie the Toecutter) in Miller’s critically acclaimed, non-stop thrill ride.


LEGEND (2015)
2015, Universal, 131 min, UK/France, Dir: Brian Helgeland

Based on the novel The Profession of Violence, LEGEND follows the criminal history of notorious twin gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray (both played by Tom Hardy), who terrorised London’s East End throughout the 1960s and left a legacy of fear and respect that persisted for decades. Told from the perspective of Reggie’s wife, Frances (Emily Browning), the film is unflinchingly violent and brilliantly funny, with a strangely glossy look at the East End that provides a wonderful counter-balance to the Krays' gruesome acts of brutality. Christopher Eccleston provides memorable support as the almost-comical detective Leonard “Nipper” Read, who is determined to bring down the Krays.


THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
2012, Warner Bros., 165 min, USA, Dir: Christopher Nolan

Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) finds himself up against both relentless evil force Bane (Tom Hardy) and mysterious jewel thief Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway) as he is wrenched from retirement by the threatened destruction of all of Gotham City. Christopher Nolan wraps up his Batman trilogy with a satisfying, complex and insanely ambitious meditation on heroism and class that is arguably the greatest comic book film of all time.


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