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Up For Love
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Up For Love

Sometimes all you want from a film – and no more so than from one which claims to be a romantic comedy – is something which lets you switch off from the world and forget your troubles for a short while. The new French film Up For Love (2016) – […]

1 Million Years B.C. (1966)
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1 Million Years B.C. (1966)

This is the way it was! (Not) A million years ago, Ray Harryhausen’s stop-motion animated dinosaurs roamed the Earth. They were masters of all they surveyed: Titans, Arabians, Argonauts, cavemen, you name it. But, in 1993, a meteor called Jurassic Park struck the planet and rendered them extinct overnight. The […]

Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words
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Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words

Hollywood is and always has been, a hypocritical place. From it’s earliest days the all powerful studio bosses put out an image of their stars as wholesome, clean living, family people, who’s sole purpose was to bring entertainment and fun to the masses who went to the cinema each week […]

Psychomania (1973)
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Psychomania (1973)

Objectively speaking, Psychomania isn’t exactly what you would call a good film. The acting is varied, the premise is amusing and slightly ridiculous, and it centres on a biker gang who I spent years telling people weren’t even half as tough as those infamous “Hell’s Grannies” featured in a memorable […]

The Commitments (1991)
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The Commitments (1991)

The strange thing about The Commitments, for me, is that I wasn’t sure if I had seen it. I remembered snippets, certain highlights, but kept convincing myself that I had somehow not sat through the entire movie. And then it turns out that I had seen it. But, even as […]

Green Room (2016)
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Green Room (2016)

Jeremy Saulnier’s Blue Ruin (2013) begins in media res, advancing with the tension of stretching a coiled slinky into garrotting wire, and ceasing on a moment of violence that snaps the instrument back into a thick, tangled wad. In most revenge stories, this moment would represent a climax, but here […]

Friend Request (2016)
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Friend Request (2016)

When Laura (Alycia Debnam-Carey) accepts a friend request on Facebook from fellow student Marina (Liesl Ahlers) she doesn’t know what she’s letting herself in for. Marina, you see, has no other friends. I don’t mean this as an exaggeration. She has nobody else. At all. But she wants that to […]

Only Yesterday (1991)
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Only Yesterday (1991)

Great films are transportive – they cultivate a sense of time and place that feels lived-in and specific, and use elements of production design, costume and sound to tell a story separate from the plot. In Only Yesterday, the place is Tokyo, and the time is 1966. Taeko (Miki Imai) […]

Eddie The Eagle (2016)
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Eddie The Eagle (2016)

I was 12 years old when Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards became a media sensation here in the UK (and, I guess, worldwide). He was a British ski-jumper, which made him the only British ski-jumper anyone had even heard of in over fifty years, and he was rather inaccurately perceived by […]

The Trust (2016)
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The Trust (2016)

I admit I was expecting more from the new heist thriller, The Trust. The film by writing / directing siblings Alex and Benjamin Brewer, and starring Nicolas Cage, Elijah Wood and Sky Ferreira, has been heralded as a black comedy. Having watched it though I found very little of a […]