Film Review: Carol

Based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel, Carol is a sumptuous and engaging romantic drama. Working in a department store in New York, shop girl Therese meets married older lady Carol when the latter comes into the store to buy a Christmas gift. The two embark on a friendship that spells danger for Carol’s home life… Director Todd Haynes’ Carol is a entertaining […]

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Film Review: Brooklyn

Director John Crowley’s Brooklyn is a period romance that will charm viewers. The film feels safe but accomplished. Eillis Lacey has limited opportunity to work in her native Ireland. Travelling to New York, like many other young Irish people at that time, Eillis finds herself far from her family and all she has known in Brooklyn… Directed by John Crowley […]

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Film Review: The Lobster

The Lobster is a witty and engaging satire on love and relationships in the modern age. Yorgos Lanthimos’ film is incredibly watchable. In a world where single people are outlawed, David goes to The Hotel following his marriage break up. There, single people are given 45 days to find a new romantic partner, or else they will be turned into […]

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Film Review: Pan

Director Joe Wright’s Pan is an enjoyable fantasy adventure. There are lulls in pace, but overall the film does its job of providing entertainment for a family audience. Peter Pan is a twelve-year old who lives in an orphanage in London. When he is spirited away to Neverland, he faces marvel and fear on his quest to find his destiny… […]

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Film Review: Black Mass

Director and co-writer Scott Cooper continues his winning streak with Black Mass. The film is well crafted, well written and very entertaining. Gangster Jimmy ‘Whitey’ Bulger is one of South Boston’s most notorious criminals. The brother of a state senator, Jimmy becomes an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family taking over his turf… After the success of Crazy […]

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Film Review: Listen To Me Marlon

Using previously unheard recordings, Stevan Riley’s Listen To Me Marlon is an engaging portrayal of a revered actor. Listen To Me Marlon charts famed actor Marlon Brando, from ordinary beginnings to Oscar-winning actor. Looking at his career, interests and personal life, the documentary paints an intimate picture of the actor… In Listen To Me Marlon, a patchwork of recordings and […]

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Film Review: Mr Holmes

Bill Condon’s Mr Holmes is more of a drama than a mystery. After a slow start, the film does engage to a certain extent. Retired to the countryside, an ageing and ailing Sherlock Holmes looks back on his life. Holmes is haunted by an unsolved 30-year old case, and struggles to recall the details which made him retire all those […]

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Film Review: High-Rise

Ben Wheatley’s film High-Rise has a promising start, but the overall execution is left wanting. Dr Robert Laing moves into a flat in a high-rise tower block. At first the building seems to have everything for a busy professional, but life begins to run out of control for the many residents… High-Rise is broadly about society, class and humanity. However, later […]

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