Film Review: Miss Bala

Miss Bala is an absorbing crime thriller, skilfully directed by Gerardo Naranjo. The film offers a tale of woe in circumstances that are bleak but believable. Laura Guerrero enters a beauty pageant at the insistence of her friend Jessica. Both Laura and Jessica are put through the first round, and are told to return for the next day’s round of […]

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Film Review: Terri

Azazel Jacobs’ Terri is an amiable comedy drama. The film’s only crime is that it meanders a little too much. Terri is an overweight teenage boy who lives with his sick uncle and has few friends at school. When he is called into the principal’s office for tardiness, Terri meets Mr Fitzgerald. The principal seems to genuinely want to help […]

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Film Review: The Ides of March

George Clooney’s The Ides of March is a sumptuous political drama. A good screenplay and great performances combine to produce a thoroughly absorbing film. Stephen Meyers is a talented member of the campaign team for presidential hopeful Mike Morris, working under veteran manager Paul Zara. While Stephen believes in the idealistic Morris, others behind the scenes scheme in order to […]

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Film Review: Headhunters

Based on Jo Nesbø’s novel, Headhunters is implausible but tremendous fun. Morten Tyldum’s crime thriller is highly recommended. Roger Brown is a successful headhunter who lives in a swish apartment with his beautiful wife. In order to afford their extravagant lifestyle, Roger steals valuable portraits from clients, replacing them with forgeries. When he meets ex-mercenary Clas Greve at his wife’s […]

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Film Review: The Artist

Films about cinema and the film industry rank among some of the best films ever made; one only needs to think about Sunset Boulevard or Singin’ in the Rain for example. The Artist continues in this vein of quality. Michel Hazanavicius’ film is spellbinding and an unadulterated joy. In the Hollywood of 1927, actor George Valentin is a huge star […]

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Film Review: Coriolanus

Ralph Fiennes’ directorial debut Coriolanus is a modern-day adaptation of the Shakespeare’s play using the Bard’s original language. The film is skillfully produced but unfortunately rather dull. Caius Martius is a respected member of the Roman army, well known for his bravery. Succeeding on his most recent mission to defend Rome from the Volscian uprising, the soldier is bestowed with […]

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Shame Press Conference

There was a palpable sense of anticipation on Friday morning, as Steve McQueen’s Shame was screened for the press. Straight after the screening a press conference was held for the film. Director McQueen was joined by screenwriter Abi Morgan, producer Iain Canning and star Michael Fassbender. The panel discussed the conception of the film, the research they undertook to find […]

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Film Review: Dragonslayer

Nothing to do with the 1981 Disney fantasy classic of the same name, this Dragonslayer is a documentary about skater Josh ‘Skreech’ Sandoval. Tristan Patterson’s film is competently made, but lacks substance. Only in his twenties and a new father, Josh ‘Skreech’ Sandoval is a veteran of the Fullerton, California skateboarding scene. Making a half-hearted attempt at a comeback, Skreech […]

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