• Film Review: The Lady Eve

    Preston Sturges’ The Lady Eve is as amiable as ever as it gets a big screen re-release. The film is a giant of the screwball comedy genre.  Returning from a […]

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  • Film Review: Happy Death Day 2U

    It would be difficult to accuse Happy Death Day 2U of being simply a rehash of its predecessor. The film is inventive and a lot of fun. After breaking the […]

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  • Film Review: The Wife

    Director Björn Runge’s The Wife is an assured drama which plays to the strengths of its formidable lead. Joan is the wife of revered author Joe Castleman, who is due […]

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  • Film Review: Vice

    Writer-director Adam McKay’s mission is clear with Vice. The film works for the most part, thanks in large part to its cast and the filmmaker’s palpable conviction. Spurred on by […]

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  • Film Review: The Upside

    The Upside, Neil Burger’s remake of 2011’s Les Intouchables, is sentimental yet sufficiently charming. Recently out of jail, Dell needs to prove he has been looking for work. Wealthy quadriplegic […]

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  • Film Review: The Spy Who Dumped Me

    Susanna Fogel’s The Spy Who Dumped Me is a by-the-numbers action comedy. Whilst it is suitably distracting, the film is not particularly memorable.   Audrey and her best friend Morgan […]

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  • Film Review: The House That Jack Built

    The House That Jack Built is every inch the Lars von Trier film. The provocative satire should prove rewarding for those receptive to it. Jack is a serial killer. He […]

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  • Film Review: Mortal Engines

    Christian Rivers’ Mortal Engines is very much a case of style over substance. Whilst the film offers spectacle, the poor writing scuppers enjoyment. In a world where cities are roaming […]

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  • Film Review: Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is an inventive, adventurous, and incredibly entertaining film. When teenager Miles Morales gets bitten by a spider, he becomes the Spider-Man of his reality. When a […]

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  • Film Review: Disobedience

    Director and co-writer Sebastián Lelio’s Disobedience is skilfully crafted, with great performances from its leads. Ronit returns to the Jewish orthodox community that shunned her several years before. In town for […]

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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: Paranormal Activity 2

Paranormal Activity 2 is a prequel that offers much the same as its predecessor. Although there are some good scares, the film lacks the innovation that would deem it a great sequel. Following a break-in at their home, Daniel decides to install cameras to ensure the security of his wife, daughter and baby son. The cameras begin to capture strange […]

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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: Let Me In

A remake of the Swedish film Let The Right One In, Let Me In does not stray too far from its antecedent. Although there are a few nice touches added to proceedings, overall this remake seems pretty pointless. Owen is bullied at school and spends most of his time alone. When a girl moves in next door, he finally has […]

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Film Review: Despicable Me

Despicable Me is a light-hearted animated movie that audiences young and old will enjoy. It does not pack the same emotional punch as a film such as Up, but it is entertaining throughout. Gru’s schemes to become the greatest villain don’t always pay off. In order to triumph over new villain Vector, Gru enlists the unwitting help of three young […]

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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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