Film Review

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Virunga (2014)

Ah, the life of a park ranger. It’s a pretty sweet deal, right? All Ranger Smith had to do was walk around Jellystone Park and stop Yogi Bear and Boo-Boo from stealing picnic baskets. But not every park is like Jellystone Park. Virunga is a national park in eastern Congo, […]

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Chef (2014)

After helping to revive Robert Downey Jr’s film career, as well as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Jon Favreau has mainly been working from behind the camera as a director or executive producer, leaving him little opportunity to remind filmgoers that he can also act.  After a series of small, supporting […]

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The Golden Dream (2013)

People talk about ‘the American Dream’ like it is the most sought-after of ambitions.  Hundreds and thousands of people from South America try to gain passage to the United States every year, in the hope of a better life.  But the 2013 drama from Diego Quemada-Díez, which was screened in […]

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Camp Dread (2014)

Camp Dread is a slasher movie, and it’s not a very good one. In fact, the only thing it has going for it is a cast featuring some people that horror fans will look forward to seeing. It’s a marketing ploy used again and again in the horror genre, and […]

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Pierrot Lunaire (2014)

Based on a set of poems by Albert Giraud, which were set to music by Arnold Schonberg, Pierrot Lunaire is a black and white (mostly) silent movie with intertitles explaining plot points, chapters and exclamations while subtitles allow viewers to understand all of the lyrics being sung. Yeah, not your standard […]

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Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy? (2014)

When you consider Michael Gondry’s exquisite deconstruction of cinematic storytelling in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, it’s perhaps fitting that his film at this years Edinburgh Film Festival was a series of interviews with the linguist – philosopher – activist Noam Chomsky, a subcultural icon who has dissected and […]

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Greyhawk (2014)

At the post screening Q and A of Greyhawk, a film about a blind war veteran searching for his stolen guide dog, the filmmakers were asked a difficult question: why cast Alec Newman in the place of an equally capable blind actor? The response was that Greyhawk is not a […]

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Cold in July (2014)

It’s all well and good throwing a whole shopping list of ideas into the basket but there comes a point where a little bit of focus is needed. Jim Mickle’s rush to stuff Cold in July full of different genre approaches, while admirable in ambition, is less so in final […]

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Snowpiercer (2013)

Snowpiercer has been a long time coming. Film fans heard about it some time ago, and the trailer seemed to please most people. Then there was talk of studio interference ahead of the movie getting a release in America. Because Americans couldn’t handle the version of the film that played […]

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Patrick’s Day (2014)

Terry McMahon let out a lot of anger with his impressive debut feature, Charlie Casanova, and this time around there’s still an angry tinge seeping through his movie, but there’s also a heartbreaking sadness to it all, thanks to McMahon’s script and direction, and some flawless performances from the main actors. […]