• 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: Creed II

    Director Steven Caple Jr.’s sequel Creed II hits all the expected notes, but does it well enough to get viewers onside. The film is immensely entertaining. A few years after his breakout […]

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  • Film Review: Siberia

    Director Matthew Ross’ thriller Siberia offers a suitably engaging first half. The second half derailment makes for an ultimately unsatisfying film.  Lucas Hill, an American diamond trader, travels to Russia […]

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  • Previews: Creed II Clip, Uglydolls, More!

    Lots of film-related goodness in this week’s preview of coming attractions, including a new Creed II clip, Uglydolls, Missing Link, and more… Creed II Clip Here is a brand new […]

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  • LFF 2018 Highlights Part 2

    With another BFI London Film Festival reaching its conclusion tonight, there have been some fantastic films this year. The best films of the first week of the festival can be […]

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Film Review: The Blind Side

Sandra Bullock won an Oscar for her performance as Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side. After watching this film, the other nominees must have felt they had been robbed. Whilst there is nothing deficient in Bullock’s performance, there is nothing remarkable either. The Blind Side is based on the real life story of the Tuohys, a white, middle class, […]

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Film Review: I Love You Phillip Morris

The most striking thing about Phillip Morris is, as the opening titles emphasise, that the events in the film really happened. For many of these events are audacious to say the least, and make for entertaining viewing. Philip Morris tells the story of scam artist Steven Russell and the lengths he goes to in order to be reunited with the […]

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Film Review: The Bounty Hunter

In The Bounty Hunter, Jennifer Aniston plays a career-obsessed journalist determined to get the scoop on the latest story. It’s a pity in real life Aniston does not pay as much attention to her career, otherwise she may not have opted for such a dud. Though a regular fixture in the rom-com genre over the last decade, surely the actress receives […]

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Film Review: Shutter Island

Often, Martin Scorsese makes it all better. Every now and again, tired of the incessant remakes, sequels and sub-par star vehicles, one longs for a bit of quality in mainstream Hollywood cinema. It seems that Mr Scorsese has heard our cries, as Shutter Island is a thoroughly enjoyable film, reinstating a degree of quality missing from many other recent films. Granted, […]

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Film Review: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

When a film actually feels long, it’s never a good sign. The problem with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is that it takes far too long to build momentum. It is only in the second third of the film that pace is generated; prior to this there is exposition and little else. The film centres around the mystery of a missing young […]

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Film Review: Green Zone

A number of reviews have highlighted Green Zone‘s similarities to the Bourne film series. It is not hard to see why – with Greengrass at the helm (director of two of the Bourne films) and Matt Damon taking centre stage, Green Zone could be ‘Bourne in Iraq’. Taking cues from Rajiv Chandrasekaran’s Imperial Life in the Emerald City, the film […]

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Film Review: Alice in Wonderland

Tim Burton’s live action-CGI extravaganza is an entertaining escapade well worth the watch in 3D. A sequel to the Alice stories rather than a remake, it bares little resemblance to earlier cinematic adaptations. In this version, Alice is a nineteen year old who falls down the rabbit hole after running away from an undesired marriage proposal. Burton’s film features a […]

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Film Review: Crazy Heart

Jeff Bridges gives an exceptional performance as the washed up country singer attempting to revive his career in Scott Cooper’s Crazy Heart. Behind the singer, who is lamented by both his dwindling fan base and his fellow musicians, is a man struggling with an alcohol problem, amongst other demons. Crazy Heart features a wonderful and fitting soundtrack, including the Oscar-winning […]

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Film Review: The Lovely Bones

Based on the bestselling novel by Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones is a heart-wrenching drama that will elicit emotion in even the most hardened cinemagoers. The story of a murdered teenage girl and the aftermath of the tragedy overrides the harrowing nature of this event, instead choosing to focus upon the relationship between family members. The film combines drama and […]

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Film Review: The Last Station

The Last Station tells the story of the final days of Leo Tolstoy, and the tumultuous relationship he has with his wife, the Countess Sofya. Rather than a biopic, The Last Station is more concerned with the relationship between the two protagonists and what it reveals about life. Although the focus is on Tolstoy and Sofya, there is a parallel […]

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