Film Review

In The Heart of The Sea (2015)
Film Review

In The Heart of The Sea (2015)

In The Heart of The Sea is the story of the real-life maritime disaster and extraordinary journey of the Essex and her crew at the height of the American whaling industry. In the winter of 1820, the Nantucket (New England) whaling ship Essex was assaulted during one of its trips […]

Sherpa (2015)
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Sherpa (2015)

The name Sherpa, according to Jennifer Peedom’s fascinating documentary, emerged as a form of currency in the climbing world following Tenzing Norgay’s ascent of Everest along with Sir Edmund Hilary in 1953. The success of Tenzing Norgay brought Sherpas to the attention of the world and inextricably linked them with […]

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

Since 1983, film fans have been waiting for the continuation of cinema’s most successful franchises.  Now, after almost a year since its initial teaser trailer was released, Star Trek director J.J. Abrams steps up to deliver the newest instalment in the Star Wars saga. Star Wars: The Force Awakens takes […]

The Last of Robin Hood (2013)
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The Last of Robin Hood (2013)

“Who is this girl?” asks a journalist at the start of Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland’s Errol Flynn biopic The Last Of Robin Hood; referring to the young femme fatale whose arms the legendary Hollywood actor was reputed to have died in. She is Beverly Aadland (Dakota Fanning), a 15-year-old […]

Sherpa (2015)
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Sherpa (2015)

Last year, a 14 million tonne block of ice killed 16 Sherpas, an ethnic group of Nepalese people who work as tourist guides up Mount Everest.  The incident highlighted the dangers of climbing up the world’s highest mountain, as well as a supposed lack of support from the Nepalese Government. […]

Bridge of Spies (2015)
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Bridge of Spies (2015)

Steven Spielberg, a man who has without doubt locked down his spot on the list of all-time great American storytellers, has tantalised with a few false dawns over recent years. Having arguably not made a great film since 2002’s Minority Report, Spielberg has promised big things with the likes of […]

Carol (2015)
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Carol (2015)

Glamorous prison of conventionality Carol, Todd Haynes’ adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s early novel The Price of Salt, is a swoon. Despite its edge of late Forties-early Fifties homophobia and otherwise rigid convention, the movie is rapturously beautiful, beginning with Highsmiith’s declared inspiration, a glamorous blonde lady in a fur coat […]

Brand: A Second Coming (2015)
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Brand: A Second Coming (2015)

Given how much of a divisive figure her eponymous subject is, it’s tough not to enter in to Ondi Timoner’s new documentary without having already formed some sort of pre-conceived judgment. For though Russell Brand’s recent career has seen him change track to focus on being a campaigner & activist […]

Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015)
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Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015)

Zombie comedies or ‘zom-coms’ such as Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland have seen ordinary people deal with zombies.  In most cases, they tend to stick in groups and find new and innovative ways to kill the undead.  In the instance of the latest film by Christopher B. Landon, who also […]

Tierra Caliente (2015)
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Tierra Caliente (2015)

Blending recorded interviews with re-enactment and location shooting with stark, minimalist interiors, Laura Plancarte’s look at life in the shadow of Mexico’s drug cartels plays out like a quasi-documentary. Stuffed with stripped-back dialogue spoken in plain terms, Tierra Caliente paints a grim portrait of the danger inherent in living in […]