Film Review: Life, Animated

Roger Ross Williams’ Life, Animated is an uplifting documentary with a charismatic subject. The film is both informative and very entertaining. Owen Suskind was developed autism at the age of three. As he withdrew into a silent state, his family worried he would not interact with them properly again. However, Owen learned to communicate through his beloved Disney animated films… […]

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Film Review: The Wailing

Hong-jin Na’s The Wailing is a genre-twisting picture that engages, entertains, and frightens. The film keeps viewers guessing until the very end. In the village of Goksung, police officer Jong-Goo is called to investigate a number of grisly murders. With a hallmark rash, these crimes seemed to be linked. His colleague tells him some gossip about a mysterious stranger, whose […]

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Film Review: Hacksaw Ridge

Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge is a brutal true story which illustrates the director’s flair for storytelling. Switching between sentiment and violence, the film is utterly compelling at times. Desmond Doss signs up to join the army during World War II, feeling it is his duty to serve his country as a medic. His religious beliefs mean that he refuses to […]

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Film Review: 100 Streets

Jim O’Hanlon’s 100 Streets is a mostly engaging drama. Some of the film’s narrative strands work better than others. Max is trying to win back estranged wife Emily. George is trying to make everything perfect for his wife. Kingsley is growing tired of the antics of his teenage compatriots. All these stories take place in the London neighbourhood of Battersea… […]

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Film Review: Sing

Musical comedy Sing takes on that well-known product of the TV talent show to create a suitably entertaining animated feature. Although the film is perfectly watchable, it is not particularly memorable. Buster Moon is a theatre impresario struggling to stay afloat. He decides to stage a singing contest, hoping that the popularity will be sufficient to restore the theatre. But […]

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Film Review: Live By Night

Ben Affleck’s Live By Night evokes some classic gangster tropes. Yet the film distinguishes itself with its projection of contemporary preoccupations. In Prohibition-era Boston, Joe Coughlin is a thief who avoids working for the gangsters that run the city. After a spell away, Joe becomes part of the world he once avoided, enjoying the spoils of being an outlaw… Based […]

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Film Review: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, director Gareth Edwards faces a tricky task of fleshing out the opening crawl and telling a story viewers know the outcome of. Against the odds, Edwards delivers an engaging and thoroughly entertaining film. Jyn Erso is recruited by the Rebellion to help them discover the background to a powerful new weapon. As she […]

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Film Review: Sully: Miracle on the Hudson

Sully: Miracle on the Hudson is Clint Eastwood’s best film for years. Good performances and a well-crafted narrative make for enjoyable viewing. Veteran pilot Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger is in charge of a routine flight when something goes wrong. Whilst the media declares him a hero, behind the scenes he faces an investigation into this actions on the flight… With Sully: […]

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Film Review: Moana

Directors Ron Clements and John Musker create magic once again with Moana. Seven years after The Princess and the Frog, and 24 years after Aladdin, the duo provide the winning formula for their latest film. Teenager Moana longs to explore the ocean, but is confined to her birth island by her chief father. However, Moana has been chosen by larger […]

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Film Review: Allied

Robert Zemeckis’ Allied is an engaging mystery thriller, even if it is not always satisfying. The film is beautifully shot and reels in viewers thanks to decent direction. During World War II, intelligence officer Max Vatan encounters French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour in Morocco. The pair engage in a deadly mission in the Nazi-occupied territory… Directed by Robert Zemeckis and scripted […]

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