Film Review

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The Theory of Everything (2014)

Given his famous ‘robotic’ American voice, it is easy to forget that renowned physicist Stephen Hawking is actually British, not to mention that amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) – the disease that put him in a wheelchair – is the inspiration behind one of the biggest global viral campaigns of this […]

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Enemy (2013)

Some films let it all hang out on first viewing; others play coy demanding you get to know them a little better first. Enemy, the other half of a collaboration between Canadian director Denis Villeneuve and actor Jake Gyllenhaal that previously produced Prisoners, sits firmly in the latter category. A […]

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Kon-Tiki (2012)

There was a time in the mid 20th when Europe cornered the market in batty anthropologists. Swiss fraudster Erich von Däniken theorised that the Incas came from space, or communed with those who did, and Norwegian Thor Heyerdahl theorised that they went from there to the Polynesian Islands on balsawood […]

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Penguins Of Madagascar (2014)

The Madagascar series is one of those rare series of films that gets better and better with each one. The first is pretty mediocre, the second is alright and the third is pure genius. Unfortunately, the spin-off film centred around the best characters, the penguins, is a step back. It’s […]

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Paddington (2014)

The beauty of a children’s book character is its mass appeal.  Fans young and old can quickly captivate the imagination of the reader or, in the case of author Michael Bond’s famous creation, capture the hearts of millions.  Now, after disturbing parodies featuring cinema’s horror scenes and a controversial BBFC […]

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What We Do In The Shadows (2014)

There was a time that vampires were considered a classic staple of the horror genre.  In a nutshell, they have been known to be scary, mocked and almost well-cultured.  But one thing they have never genuinely been is funny.  However, a new film from New Zealand, co-directed and co-written by […]

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Get on Up (2014)

James Brown for Dummies — with a spot-on lead Get on Up is a biography of a musical legend by Tate Taylor of The Help — a hint this won’t go for the tough stuff. The drug use, the frequent convictions, the wife beatings are severely soft-pedalled for the PG rating. James Brown, […]

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Get On Up (2014)

Music biopics generally mean awards. If you look at Ray, Walk the Line and What’s Love Got to Do with It?, they all walked away with a major award.  Following the success of The Help, director Tate Taylor takes on the film biopic of the ‘Godfather of Soul’, which could […]

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The Drop (2014)

There is no shortage of gangsters in film, but it is hard to find one that stands out from the rest of the crowd.  However, when people think of gangsters on television, Tony Soprano is one of the most memorable gangsters in recent years.  With his final film performance, James […]

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I (2014)

The novel on which The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I is based is, by a distance, the weakest of Susan Collins’ trilogy, so it is for commercial rather than artistic reasons Lionsgate have resolved on a two part treatment. That worked for Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows because it […]