• Film Review: Don’t Knock Twice

    Caradog James’ Don’t Knock Twice is genuinely creepy for a portion of the duration. However, a strong and mysterious first half makes way for a less than compelling send half. Jess […]

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  • Film Review: The Eyes of My Mother

    The Eyes of My Mother is a striking directorial debut from Nicolas Pesce. The brooding gothic picture both ensnares and alarms. Francisca is a young girl growing up on an […]

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  • Film Review: Personal Shopper

    Olivier Assayas’ mystery drama Personal Shopper is strange, ponderous and frequently compelling. Maureen is a personal shopper to a wealthy client, and well as a medium. Maureen wishes to stay […]

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  • Film Review: Gleason

    Sometimes moving and sometimes amusing, director Clay Tweel’s Gleason is an absorbing portrait of life. Former professional American football player Steve Gleason is diagnosed with motor neurone disease before the […]

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  • Previews: Wonder Woman Trailer, Baby Driver, More!

    A plethora of film-related goodness in this week’s preview of coming attractions, including Wonder Woman trailer, Baby Driver, Atomic Blonde and more… Wonder Woman Trailer Here is the latest Wonder […]

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  • Film Review: Catfight

    With Catfight, writer-director Onur Tukel mixes various types of humour to create amusing picture. The film works best in its satirising of American culture. Veronica is a wealthy housewife in New […]

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  • Film Review: Kong: Skull Island

    Kong: Skull Island is tremendous fun. Despite some poor dialogue, the film is a great addition to the monster movie genre. In 1971, a team of explorers want to take […]

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  • Film Review: Viceroy’s House

      Gurinder Chadha’s Viceroy’s House gives an overview of the complex topic of India’s partition in an entertaining and somewhat informative manner. However, some aspects of the film are stronger than […]

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  • Film Review: Certain Women

      Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women is a series of character portraits, with some being more absorbing than others. When it connects, the film is engaging and stimulating. Laura, a lawyer, […]

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  • Previews: Alien: Covenant Clip, Atomic Blonde, More!

    Lots of big films in this week’s preview of coming attractions, including an Alien: Covenant clip, Atomic Blonde, Beauty and the Beast, and more… Alien: Covenant Clip This Alien: Covenant […]

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Film Review: Youth in Revolt

The tricky thing with comedy dramas is getting the balance right between the two genres. Err on the side of comedy, and risk creating characters that the audience doesn’t care about. Lay emphasis on the depth of characters and seriousness of narrative, and inevitably the laughs will be sparse. Youth in Revolt has a difficult time in marrying the two […]

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Film Review: Solomon Kane

Publicity for Solomon Kane focussed heavily on the fact that the character was created by Robert E. Howard, of Conan fame. Presumably, marketing executives hoped this association would help snare sword and sorcery devotees. And though Solomon Kane and the Conan films have very different settings, there are many parallels between both the stories and the characters. Kane is a […]

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Film Review: Ponyo

Ponyo tells the enchanted tale of Sosuke and his goldfish Ponyo, who longs to be human. Through the power of magic, Ponyo gets her wish, but it is only Sosuke who can make her dream permanent. The animation  is fluid and lively, what one has come to expect from Studio Ghibli. Unlike such fare as Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo appears, at […]

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Film Review: A Single Man

Ford’s directorial debut is an aural and visual feast. Centering on a day in the life of George, a college professor bereaved from the loss of his long-term partner, this is a film about the minor, seemingly inconsequential moments in life rather than the obviously momentous events. Set in the early 1960s, A Single Man exposes attitudes to homosexuality at […]

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Film Review: Precious

Precious is almost unrelentingly sombre in the issues the film addresses. The lighter spots are saved for the title character’s daydreams, and the relationship she builds with her classmates and teacher. These lighthearted moments are not only what save the teenage protagonist, but also the film itself. Without these, Precious offers a grim tale of abuse and disadvantage. Through her […]

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Film Review: The Wolfman

“Even a man who is pure in heart”, the remake begins, instantly impressing the weight of the original on this new version of the lycanthropic tale. In the current climate of the modern gothic in films such as Twilight and television series’ like True Blood, it is refreshing to see a Victorian-set gothic horror. Comparisons will be made to the […]

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