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The Lost City of Z (2017)
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The Lost City of Z (2017)

If David Lean had ever been compelled to adapt Conrad’s ‘Heart of Darkness’, the resulting film could have hypothetically looked a lot like James Gray’s The Lost City Of Z. It’s a grand old tale of epic exploration, told with a sweeping sense of visual magnificence that not only evokes […]

Scene Stealer: The party from All About Eve
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Scene Stealer: The party from All About Eve

Some dialogue has become woven into the history of the silver screen.  None perhaps more than Bette Davis’ cryptic warning to her bemused house guests in All About Eve (1950), as she tells them to “fasten your seat-belts, it’s going to a bumpy night”!  The scene comes during a party […]

Snowden (2016)
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Snowden (2016)

Framed in flashbacks as the film’s protagonist hands over the stolen information that thrust him into fame, or infamy depending on what side of the fence you sit, Oliver Stone’s new biopic Snowden (2016) delves deep into the interesting life of a whistle-blower. Based on a written account of the […]

SXSW 2017 – The Big Sick (2017)
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SXSW 2017 – The Big Sick (2017)

A romantic comedy in which one of the star-crossed lovers spends a large chunk of the film in a serious coma is a tough sell. Then again, The Big Sick isn’t just a romantic comedy, and it doesn’t need hoary romantic clichés to dig away at real love. Based on […]

SXSW 2017 – Mr. Roosevelt (2017)
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SXSW 2017 – Mr. Roosevelt (2017)

To avoid confusion, let’s get this out of the way early: Mr. Roosevelt is a cat, not the 26th President of the United States of America, or the 32nd (though he’s named after Teddy, not Franklin). He’s also dead, which isn’t great for him or his owners. One of those […]

TRAILER PARK: The Boss Baby
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TRAILER PARK: The Boss Baby

The latest cartoon feature from DreamWorks Animation – the other big animation studio that isn’t Disney – looks set to take charge of the box office, when released in the UK at the beginning of April.  The Boss Baby (2017) – directed by Tom McGrath, and featuring the voice talents of Miles […]

TRAILER PARK – Alien: Covenant
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TRAILER PARK – Alien: Covenant

One is tempted to ask if, after several sequels and attempts to reinvigorate the Alien franchise, it might not be better to let sleeping creatures lie, and just remember the glory days of Ripley and crew in the 1979 classic?  Well if the trailer for the latest adventure Alien: Covenant (2017) […]

SXSW 2017 – Mayhem (2017)
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SXSW 2017 – Mayhem (2017)

A virus has broken out reducing inhibitions and turning people into emotionally unbalanced (and frequently violent) lunatics. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before right? Mayhem isn’t flat out dystopia, wisely choosing the path of claustrophobic chamber piece over full on apocalypse. It doesn’t work all that well, but […]

‘Sound bite’ of the week ………
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‘Sound bite’ of the week ………

“I wasn’t really prepared for it.  It hit me quite hard. It was kind of like an out of body experience.”  (Entertainment Weekly) Rupert Grint’s reaction to seeing Ron Weasley – the character he played in the Harry Potter films – being portrayed by actor Paul Thornley, in Harry Potter and the […]