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World Cinema Wednesday: Train To Busan (2016)
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World Cinema Wednesday: Train To Busan (2016)

As sleek and fast-moving as the titular vehicle, Train To Busan is yet another zombie film reinvigorating a subgenre that is so often mistakenly identified as dead already (yes, the irony is not lost on me). Written and directed by Yeon Sang-ho, this is an adrenaline-pumping mix of tension, bloodshed, and […]

Hidden Figures (2017)
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Hidden Figures (2017)

Films chronicling America’s troubled racial history broadly fall into two categories. They are either searing critiques of the injustices coloured people were forced to suffer or old-fashioned yarns which gloss over racial themes with a Hollywood sprinkling of powerful villains and disenfranchised heroes. Hidden Figures, the true story of three […]

World Cinema Wednesday: Cinema Paradiso (1988)
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World Cinema Wednesday: Cinema Paradiso (1988)

A tale of friendship, of looking back on your childhood with adult wisdom, and of cinema (of course), Cinema Paradiso is a collage of delightful moments, topped off with a cinematic montage that will affect all but the most cold-hearted viewers. Written and directed by Giuseppe Tornatore, the main story charts […]

World Cinema Wednesday: A Simple Life (2012)
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World Cinema Wednesday: A Simple Life (2012)

If you’ve checked out any major Hong Kong movies during the past few decades then it’s more than likely that you’re familiar with Andy Lau, even if you don’t realise it. He’s starred alongside Jackie Chan, Chow-Yun Fat, and quite a few other familiar names. He’s also been a main […]

T2 Trainspotting (2017)
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T2 Trainspotting (2017)

“The most energetic film we have ever seen,” is how Danny Boyle first envisioned 1996’s Trainspotting. As it turned out, that was something of an understatement. A wild, sweaty, angry ode to a bunch of Scottish skag heads, the seminal Irvine Welsh adaptation felt like it was wired to the […]

War On Everyone (2017)
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War On Everyone (2017)

When I first saw the trailer for War On Everyone I knew that I wanted to see it ASAP. It had Alexander Skarsgård and Michael Peña being a pair of crooked cops. It had John Michael McDonagh as the writer-director (the man who gave us The Guard and Calvary). It made me laugh. […]

The Girl With All The Gifts (2016)
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The Girl With All The Gifts (2016)

I first heard about The Girl With All The Gifts a few years ago, when picking up a few last Christmas gifts for my wife. It was recommended to me by a staff member in Waterstones, after I’d enquired about some of the recent popular choices I may have been unaware […]

Lion (2017)
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Lion (2017)

In the early 1980s, a five-year-old Indian boy, Saroo Brierley, falls asleep in an empty train carriage and wakes up 1600km from his home where his is eventually adopted by a kindly Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, after scouring Google Earth for villages that match his fleeting memories of home, […]