• Film Review: Assassination Nation

    Sam Levinson’s Assassination Nation is an entertaining satire. The film is brash, outlandish, and a lot of fun.  Lily and her three friends are just four ordinary teens at high […]

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  • Film Review: Mayfair

    Director Sara Blecher’s Mayfair has some interesting ideas swirling round, even if the execution is not perfect. After losing his job as an international aid worker, Zaid returns to his hometown […]

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  • Film Review: The Favourite

    Yorgos Lanthimos hits the target once more with the brilliant The Favourite. The film is Lanthimos’ most enjoyable to date.  It is the early 18th century, and England is at […]

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  • Film Review: The Breaker Upperers

    Jackie van Beek and Madeleine Sami’s comedy The Breaker Upperers is a sprightly and amiable affair.  Jen and Mel provide something of an usual service. The pair help people break […]

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  • Film Review: The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

    Terry Gilliam’s long-awaited The Man Who Killed Don Quixote features all the hallmarks we have come to expect from the filmmaker. The film is imperfect but endearing. Director Toby is […]

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  • Film Review: Maki’la

    Machérie Ekwa Bahango’s Maki’la is an engaging drama. The film is an authentic portrait of a tragic situation. Maki’la has been living hand to mouth in Kinshasa for a long […]

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  • Film Review: Outlaw King

    David Mackenzie’s Outlaw King is a solid historical action drama. The film boasts good performances and production values.  In 1304, King Edward’s army has triumphed in Scotland, and has forced […]

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  • Film Review: The Fight

    Jessica Hynes directorial debut is a character-driven drama. Despite some small qualms, The Fight works for the most part.  Life is tough for Tina. She and her husband are struggling to […]

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  • Film Review: The Cannibal Club (O Clube dos Canibais)

    Guto Parente’s The Cannibal Club (O Clube dos Canibais) is an unsubtle satire on Brazil’s ultra-wealthy society. The film is a dark, unsettling watch. Octavio and Gilda live a privileged […]

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  • Film Review: Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro Felice)

    Alice Rohrwacher’s Happy As Lazzaro (Lazzaro Felice) is a time-bending tale. The concept is great, even if the execution does not always pay off. Lazzaro is a sweet-natured young man who […]

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Film Review: Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque)

Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque) is part biopic, part fantasy, and wholly enjoyable. Whilst Serge Gainsbourg undoubtably had a very interesting life, it is up for debate as to how much emotional attachment the audience will feel to the film. Brought up as a Jew is wartime Paris, Gainsbourg tells the story of the young Lucien Ginsburg and his transformation into one of France’s […]

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Film Review: The A-Team

The A-Team is an action blockbuster that entertains, for the most part. If you are expecting a movie that engages your brain, or one that will rival your fond memories of the television show, disappointment will surely ensue. An elite army team are accused of a crime they did not commit. In order to clear their names, the four men […]

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Film Review: Splice

Splice is a bit of a strange film. There’s a feeling that the eery concept could work, but ultimately the film fails to live up to expectation. Two ambitious scientists working at a genetics lab decide to try to combine animal and human DNA to create a new species. The couple, however, underestimate its cognitive abilities and rapid growth rate… A modern update […]

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Film Review: Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3 is a highly entertaining film for people of all ages. It is also one of the best final films in a trilogy series. Given the marketing campaign and release date, it is bound to be one of the biggest grossers of the year. As Andy gets ready to leave for college, Woody, Buzz and the rest of the […]

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Film Review: Inception

Christopher Nolan’s Inception is the best film of the year so far, and a pinnacle which all blockbusters should strive to match. A team of specialists, led by Leonardo DiCaprio’s Cobb, are hired by a business man to infiltrate the dreams of his rival and plant an idea; a near-impossible feat even in this world of dream extraction. Cobb hopes this last job […]

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Film Review: Predators

Predators, the long-awaited sequel functions as a passable action feature, but one that does not excel to the level of the 1987 original. A random group of soldiers, hitmen and killers, as well as a doctor, land in a mysterious jungle. It isn’t long before they realise that all is not what it seems, and the hunters become the hunted… Predators […]

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Film Review: Heartbreaker

Deception and surveillance are the order of the day in this enjoyable French rom-com. In the mould of Hollywood films in this genre, Heartbreaker is not groundbreaking, but it is a lot of fun. Alex has made a career of making women fall in love with him, in order for them to leave their unhappy relationships. When he is commissioned […]

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Film Review: Whatever Works

Woody Allen’s Whatever Works, released only recently in the UK, sees a return to form for one of cinema’s most industrious directors and screenwriters. Boris is an aging, cynical New Yorker set in his ways. When he decides to let a young runaway stay at his apartment, the two form an unlikely friendship, influencing each others’ long-standing beliefs… Taking the action back to […]

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Film Review: The Collector

Another year, another highly questionable entry in the torture-porn sub-genre. The Collector offers little originality, little fear, and sadly little entertainment. So that the mother of his child is able to pay off her debt to loan sharks, Arkin breaks into his employer’s home, to steal a valuable jewel. When he gets inside however, he realises he is not alone… There are […]

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