Film Review

Spotlight (2015)
Film Review

Spotlight (2015)

In 2003, the Boston Globe’s small ‘Spotlight’ team of investigative journalists uncovered a child sex abuse scandal incriminating the Boston archdiocese, which eventually created a global crisis for the Catholic Church.  In 2013, a screenplay about the team was listed on the year’s Black List of unproduced screenplays.  Now, it is one of the frontrunners of this year’s […]

Warriors (2015)
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Warriors (2015)

The staunchly patriarchal nature of Maasai tradition, and the earnest efforts made by the tribe’s younger generations to embrace equality within their community comes to the crease in this thoroughly likeable but somewhat limited documentary from debut director Barry Douglas. Similarly to last year’s Red Army, Gabe Polsky’s gripping chronicle […]

The Assassin (2015)
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The Assassin (2015)

A prolific director with a 30-year career, Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien has interestingly never made a martial arts film.  A key figure in Taiwan’s New Wave cinema movement, his films tend to focus on the ordinary people of the country.  But his latest feature, already gaining critical acclaim at Cannes and […]

The Big Short (2016)
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The Big Short (2016)

If the era of banker bashing is over, no one told Adam McKay. He has made a tremendous film out of a tremendous book, even if his target is a sitting duck. Of all the books on the global financial crisis, Michael Lewis’ The Big Short was the savviest: uniquely it married […]

The Hateful Eight (2015)
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The Hateful Eight (2015)

This is the Tarantino film that was almost never made. After being leaked in January 2014, the filmmaker quickly shelved the project before considering adapting it for the stage or a novel. However, he decided to make his ambitious project with one of his best ensemble casts to date. Set […]

Creed (2016)
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Creed (2016)

There is an interview available to watch on YouTube in which Sylvester Stallone, promoting the vastly underrated Cop Land, discusses his growth as an actor and transition to more serious work. Stallone talks interestingly about how he essentially created a rod for his own back with his success on the […]

Dreams Rewired (2015)
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Dreams Rewired (2015)

Conspiracy falls short in Dreams Rewired. Using archived footage acquired from films produced between the 1880s and the 1930s, Dreams Rewired (2015), directed by Manu Luksch, Martin Reinhart and Thomas Tode, attempts to investigate the origins of our modern technology obsession and paranoia. The film starts with the creation of […]

Eden (2014)
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Eden (2014)

Mia Hansen-Love’s Eden casts a trippy eye over the EDM and underground rave scenes in 90’s Paris. Ostensibly a movie about the booming French house music scene it’s less an account of musical history and more a yarn about misspent youth, thwarted ambition and bittersweet regret. Hansen-Love co-wrote the script […]

In The Heart of The Sea (2015)
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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 […]