Film Review: Pecking Order

Pecking Order, Slavko Martinov’s documentary on a poultry competition in New Zealand, is interesting but never fascinating. Chicken breeders turn their attention to the 2015 National Poultry Show. A local breeders’ club in Christchurch great up to the event, in spite of some leadership issues and strong personalities… Written and directed by Slavko Martinov, Pecking Order has dual strands. One is […]

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Film Review: Victoria & Abdul

Stephen Frears’ Victoria & Abdul is a by-the-numbers comedy drama that offers decent performances from its two leads. In her later years, Queen Victoria is cantankerous and weary of the constant royal functions. She strikes up an unlikely friendship with Abdul, a young Indian clerk who is stacked with presenting her with a commemorative coin… For those who have viewed the […]

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Film Review: mother!

Darren Aranofsky’s mother! is a tour deforce. Beginning with an usual set up, the film becomes stranger, and finishes with the wildest of crescendos. A young woman is creating an idyllic home with her older husband, a writer who is struggling with writer’s block. Their peaceful existence is interrupted by a stranger who visits their remote house… Written and directed […]

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Film Review: The Vault

Dan Bush’s The Vault is a heist movie that becomes something else. The film offers sufficient mystery, even if this does not last. With an urgent debt to pay off, a man decides to rob a bank with a group of friends and family. The bank that is chosen does not have sufficient cash, so the team decide to break […]

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Film Review: Una

Director Benedict Andrews’ Una is a drama that reveals its characters and narrative in an unravelling and competent manner. The film may veer towards the melodramatic, yet it excels in other ways. Una, a young woman, travels to a warehouse to confront a man who used to be her neighbour. She wants to know what drove him to seek a relationship […]

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Film Review: American Made

Doug Liman’s American Made is an entertaining thriller which engages thanks to a charismatic performance from Tom Cruise, as well as an appealing style of storytelling. The talents of Barry Seal, a domestic airline pilot, are recognised by a CIA agent, who wants Barry to use his skills to obtain information of the US’s adversaries in Central America. Barry uses […]

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Film Review: Logan Lucky

Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky is a very entertaining heist comedy. The directing, writing, acting, and overall energy make for a most enjoyable watch. Having lost his construction job, and with his wealthy ex-wife wanting to relocate with his daughter, Jimmy Logan is down on his luck. His brother Clyde believes in a family curse, but Jimmy wants to prove everyone […]

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Film Review: Bushwick

Directors Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott’s thriller Bushwick has a lot of promise. Although the film is ultimately a bit uneven, it has several things going for it. Lucy arrives at her neighbourhood metro station in Bushwick, New York, and something appears to be wrong. The area is under attack from an unknown source, and Lucy must rely on the […]

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Film Review: The Hitman’s Bodyguard

Director Patrick Hughes’ The Hitman’s Bodyguard is an action comedy with two likeable leads. Despite the talent however, the film is not as amusing as viewers may wish. Michael Bryce’s reputation as the world’s top bodyguard is dented after an unfortunate incident. He is asked to take on a perilous task; safely taking a notorious hitman to the International Court […]

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Film Review: A Ghost Story

David Lowery’s A Ghost Story is a poignant meditation on grief, and indeed life itself. The film covers an expansive subject, but does so with style. A couple who live together are beset by a tragedy. C returns in spirit form hoping to comfort M, but he struggles to connect with her. His new form takes him on a metaphysical […]

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