Film Review: This Beautiful Fantastic

Simon Aboud’s sophomore picture This Beautiful Fantastic is amiable but forgettable. The film paints a twee picture, which provides decent escapism. Bella Brown is a library assistant who dreams of being a children’s author. In her real life, she must contend with a cantankerous old neighbour and his dispute with her garden, whilst falling for a library patron… Writer and […]

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Film Review: The Railway Man

Drama The Railway Man is a well executed true story which boasts great performances from its cast. Eric Lomax was one of many of Allied prisoners of war forced to work on the construction of the Thai/Burma railway during World War II. Years later, Eric’s experiences still haunt him… Based on a true story, director Jonathan Teplitzky’s The Railway Man […]

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Film Review: Great Expectations

Director Mike Newall offers a faithful adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic with Great Expectations. Orphan Pip lives with his sister and her blacksmith husband. Pip’s humble upbringing is altered irrevocably when a mysterious benefactor wants to make him a gentlemen…  Mike Newall’s version of Great Expectations is a traditional period drama. The film remains faithful to Dickens’ classic. All the […]

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Film Review: War Horse

War Horse is a saccharine tale that comes across as most old fashioned. Those who buy into it will be charmed, although others may not be as impressed. After his father buys Joey, Albert Narracott decides to train the horse to plough, despite the animal’s unsuitability. The pair have a bond, and Albert is distraught when Joey is sold to […]

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The Empire Big Screen Diaries – Day 3

Like the protagonist on an epic quest in a sword and sorcery film, I embarked on the final day of Empire Big Screen. First order of business was the Paramount Showcase. After a brief video animating the company’s biggest films, a series of trailers were shown. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol was followed by Paranormal Activity 3 and Like Crazy. […]

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