Film Review: Black Swan

Psychological thriller Black Swan is an aural and visual feast. Despite the tension generated, the film is let down by the lack of depth, thematically speaking. Ballet dancer Nina hopes to get the lead role in a new production of Swan Lake. She faces competition from new dancer Lilly, as well as the reservations of director Thomas. As she gets […]

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Film Review: The King’s Speech

The King’s Speech has ‘Oscar contender’ written all over it. From the wonderful performances and Tom Hooper’s direction to the costuming and score, the film is sure to garner numerous nominations. The Duke of York is crippled with a speech impediment that greatly hinders his public service. This is only an intermittent issue; as it is his brother Edward VIII […]

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Film Review: Conviction

Based on real events, Conviction could have played out like a made-for-television movie. Thanks to some superlative performances and good production values, however, Conviction is a worthy rendering of an incredible story. After her brother Kenny is convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison, his sister Betty-Anne Waters vows to clear his name. She begins to study law, […]

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Film Review: Another Year

Another Year is typical of a Mike Leigh film in that it concentrates firmly on the characters in a thoroughly British setting. There are some wonderful performances, as well as a real negativity about the film, which is haunting. Another Year follows a year in the life of couple Tom and Gerri, focusing on their relationship with their family and friends. As […]

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Film Review: Africa United

If you can handle the doses of saccharine, Africa United is an enjoyable feel-good film. While the narrative is fairly run of the mill, Africa United distinguishes itself from many others films from the continent by being light-hearted and incredibly positive. Fabrice dreams of becoming a footballing superstar. When he is spotted by a FIFA scout, the teenager, with his […]

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Film Review: Never Let Me Go

An adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel, Never Let Me Go is a drama that reaches for a strong emotional resonance, but feels cold at times. Performances are great, but for a film about emotions, the bleakness does not necessarily generate the heart-felt response it should. Kathy grows up at a boarding school in England, in a world where humans are […]

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Film Review: The American

The American is part thriller, part drama, and wholly bleak. Although the film is beautifully shot, the sombre air that pervades does not make it a particularly enjoyable film. Jack is a dangerous man, and a dangerous man to know. An assassin and gun-maker, Jack is sent to hide out in a remote Italian town before completing one last assignment. […]

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