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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Film Review: Hector

Writer-director Jake Gavin’s Hector is an earnest story of the realities of homelessness. Nevertheless, the film lacks a spark. Hector has been living on the streets for years. After an appointment, Hector sets off on his annual pilgrimage from Scotland to London. There, he hopes to spend Christmas at a temporary shelter… Hector is Jake Gavin’s directorial debut. Gavin also […]

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Film Review: Grandma

Writer-director Paul Weitz’s Grandma is an entertaining inter-generational comedy. Weitz’s script makes the film an enjoyable affair. Teenager Sage arrives at her grandmother Elle’s house in desperate need of $600. Having just gone through a break-up, Elle is unprepared for the request. The pair attempt to raise the money by visiting old friends… Grandma works very well as a comedy […]

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Film Review: Sunset Song

Terence Davies’ Sunset Song is beautifully shot. Yet the film feels overlong, and is not as gratifying as it could be. In the early 20th Century, Chris Guthrie is growing up. The daughter of a Scottish farmer, Chris reaches maturity at a tumultuous time for her family. As Chris’ life changes, so does the world around her… Sunset Song tells […]

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Film Review: The Good Dinosaur

Disney Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur is amiable family entertainment. Although it does not feel quite as distinguished as other features from the studio, the film is still an enjoyable watch. Young dinosaur Arlo lives with his family on their farm. More timid than his sibling, Arlo worries he will never make his mark. An encounter with a young human sets […]

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Film Review: Bridge of Spies

Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies is a well made and entertaining political drama. The film bears certain hallmarks of director Spielberg, most apparent in the tone of the picture. During the Cold War, James Donovan, an American insurance lawyer, is recruited to defend an alleged Soviet spy. Reluctant to take the case at first, Donovan must pursue justice, despite the odds […]

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