Film Review: Youth

Paolo Sorrentino’s reflections on ageing are beautifully captured in Youth. Performances in the film are great, and the visuals are often captivating. A retired orchestra conductor is on holiday in a Swiss hotel with his best friend, a film director who is working on his latest script. Fred and Mick reflect upon their own lives, as well as those of […]

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Film Review: 99 Homes

Director and co-writer Ramin Bahrani’s 99 Homes is a drama that is believable throughout, despite being difficult viewing at times. Dennis Nash is about to be evicted from his family home after falling behind on mortgage payments. The man that looks to benefit is real estate broker Rick Carver, who is capitalising on the economic downturn. As Dennis struggles to […]

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Film Review: The Big Short

Adam McKay’s The Big Short focuses on a very interesting subject matter. Although this may have functioned better as a documentary rather than a fiction film, The Big Short is still entertaining and informative. Michael Burry, an eccentric hedge fund manager, is first to spot that the US housing market is built on a bubble that will explode. Others, such […]

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Film Review: Creed

Director and co-writer Ryan Coogler’s Creed is a fantastic boxing film which sparks new life into the Rocky franchise. Adonis Johnson is the son of late boxing champion Apollo Creed. He seeks out his father’s friend and fellow former champion Rocky Balboa to train him. In retirement, Rocky is reluctant to train the young boxer at first, but Adonis perseveres… […]

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Film Review: Straight Outta Compton

Boasting possibly the best soundtrack of 2015, N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton is illuminating, if not always engaging. F. Gary Gray’s film says as much about the era it is set in as it does about the group. In 1987 in Compton, Los Angeles, a group of five young men come together to make music. When they produce a rap […]

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Film Review: Daddy’s Home

Director and co-writer Sean Anders’ Daddy’s Home is very much in the same vein as his other comedies. Will Ferrell fans will find laughs, but there is little here that is unpredictable. Brad loves being a stepdad to his wife’s two children. Brad is finally winning the children round, when their real dad decides to visit. The freeloading Dusty forces […]

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Film Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a throughly entertaining instalment in the franchise, which lovingly pays homage to Star Wars: A New Hope. Many years after the defeat of the Empire, a new threat is rising. The First Order wishes to rule the galaxy. It is down to an unlikely group of individuals to stop them, along with help […]

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