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Instapocalypse (2016)
Film Review

Instapocalypse (2016)

Part of the Official Selection at the Cinequest Film and VR Festival, Instapocalypse comes across as what a lazy writer may describe as Black Mirror meets Shaun of the Dead. Ahem. Employing the zombie genre as a satirical vehicle is nothing new but its blend of social commentary and social […]

Life (2017)
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Life (2017)

The perils of space exploration have long been a handy starting point for moviemakers. 2001: A Space Odyssey, Alien and Gravity have all successfully tapped into our fears of what dangers lurk beyond Earth’s orbit. Daniel Espinosa’s Life, a claustrophobic thriller about a team of astronauts who make first contact […]

Beauty and the Beast (2017)
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Beauty and the Beast (2017)

It’s more of an update than a remake For a story based on kidnapping, Stockholm syndrome and manslaughter… We enjoyed almost every minute of it! There may be one new song too many but the casting, with one exception that we’ll get to later, is spot on. The beast would benefit […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

SXSW 2017 – The Hero (2017)
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SXSW 2017 – The Hero (2017)

Iconic stars don’t die, they simply fade away until we only remember their defining roles. That certainly seems to be the case for forgotten western actor Lee Hayden (Sam Elliott), largely out of work and out of contact with his family. Except death is all too real for him, opening […]

SXSW 2017 – Hot Summer Nights (2017)
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SXSW 2017 – Hot Summer Nights (2017)

Is it only during long summer months’ teenagers ever find maturity? The venerable institution of the coming-of-age drama would have it so, sending (usually) nervous boys off to become men. Hot Summer Nights promises something similar before dancing off into the distance to deliver a truly fantastic, genre-defying experience. On […]