• 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: 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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Film Review: Get Him to the Greek

A spin-off from Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek focuses on Russell Brand’s rock star character Aldous Snow. Whilst it may not be as consistently amusing as its predecessor, Get Him to the Greek is very humorous at times, and an entertaining, if mindless, film. Aaron Green has 72 hours to get rock star Aldous Snow from London […]

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Film Review: Our Family Wedding

Our Family Wedding is a formulaic but fairly amusing culture-clash rom-com. What differentiates it from other films of this nature is the fact that none of the protagonists are white; instead a Latino family clashes with an African-American one, over the wedding of their children. Lucia and Marcus are madly in love and want to get married before they go […]

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Film Review: Brooklyn’s Finest

In one of the opening scenes of the film, Richard Gere practices committing suicide with an unloaded gun.  No, all those gerbil rumours haven’t gotten too much for him. Rather, this scene is emblematic of the themes and tone of Brooklyn’s Finest. Antoine Fuqua’s film follows the stories of three cops, all in different stages of their career. Although, for the […]

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Film Review: Greenberg

Ben Stiller plays a distinctly obnoxious protagonist in Greenberg, yet it is still a watchable film. The fact the audience will keep watching despite the questionable behaviour of the main character can definitely be attributed to Stiller’s solid performance in Greenberg. Recovering from a breakdown, Roger Greenberg house-sits his brother’s Los Angeles home with the sole aim of doing nothing. […]

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Film Review: The Killer Inside Me

Michael Winterbottom’s controversial film is at times hard to watch, with its brutal depictions of violence. The Killer Inside Me, however, is for the most part a well-crafted drama, with strong performances from its cast. Centering on a deputy sheriff in a small Texan town, The Killer Inside Me explores the mind of this psychologically damaged individual. As the film […]

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