Film Review

Film Review

The Double (2013)

Double may only be Richard Ayoade’s second directorial credit, but it is likely his most artistic offering yet. This brief whirlwind of affairs, adapted from the Dostoyevsky novella of the same name, follows the increasing misfortune that befalls one Simon James (as played by Jesse Eisenberg) after he meets his […]

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The Raid 2: Berandal (2014)

The Raid 2 has a couple of different titles. It’s also called The Raid 2: Berandal (the title I decided to go with), and IMDb have it listed as The Raid: Retaliation. But action movie fans can just go ahead and call it the action movie of the year. Yes, I know we’re […]

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The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

I’m not sure what Wes Anderson has planned after this movie, but I’ll say this. It’s hard to imagine him making a more Wes Anderson movie than this one. If you don’t like Anderson’s style and aesthetic then steer well clear of this movie. It practically oozes Anderson from every […]

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Parkland (2013)

There’s no doubt the assassination of then-President John F.Kennedy was a huge event in the American cultural, social and political spectrum. That being said, the question must be asked of whether there’s anything more to learn or gain at this stage by re-enacting or dramatising the death of John F.Kennedy, […]

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Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

Continuing directly from the previous movie, The Muppets take a few moments to decide their next move. A world tour, that’s the suggestion from Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais), and it’s one that the gang seems to want to go with. Kermit The Frog, however, is hesitant. He doesn’t think that […]

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Noah (2014)

Noah is a righteous man. He and his kin have been chosen by God to survive the apocalypse by flood, and instructed to build an Ark to shelter two of every living species during the coming storm. Crowe’s Noah, however, like other prophets who receive revelation in a dream, suffers from a hazy interpretation of divine will. Crowe’s Noah believes his family is a mere temporary expedient in the transition of the earth to a new Eden free of human infestation.

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White of the Eye (1987)

Donald Cammell’s third feature, White of the Eye – his only film of the 1980s, made between the 1977 insemination sci-fi Demon Seed and 1995 pulp thriller Wild Side – is an interesting attempt to make a slasher movie without any conventions of the slasher, instead focusing on the fraught […]

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Noah (2014)

In Which Darren Aronofsky Jumps a Shark, an Elephant and a Kangaroo. Darren Aronofsky directed Pi, Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan. These are really good, unique, imaginative, unsettling films and I don’t recall the audience sniggering during them. They feature extraordinary performances, notably from women of a certain type: small, bird-like creatures with […]

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Preview

The reboot of the Planet of the Apes movies continues with a dramatic sequel to 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which saw the outbreak of a lethal Simian flu and its devastating impact on the planet’s human population. Now, over a decade later, the new movie picks […]

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Afternoon Delight (2013)

Rachel (Kathryn Hahn) sits in her car as soapy dollops of rainbow coloured water from the car wash flow overhead. She fidgets, she moves from seat to seat, she looks out into the distance passing the time. This opening scene for Jill Soloway’s humble and awkward directorial debut, Afternoon Delight, […]