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Film Review – Assassin’s Creed

December 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard reunite with their Macbeth director Justin Kurzel for this adaptation of the popular Ubisoft video-game series Assassin’s Creed. Fassbender (who also produces) plays Callum Lynch, an original character created for...

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Film Review – The Edge of Seventeen

December 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

With the release of her debut film The Edge of Seventeen writer and director Kelly Fremon Craig joins Andrea Arnold (Fisk Tank) and Marielle Heller (The Diary of a Teenage Girl) in the exclusive, entirely...

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Film Review – Passengers

December 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Directed by Norwegian filmmaker Morten Tyldum (Headhunters, The Imitation Game), Passengers is a romantic science fiction disaster adventure film starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence. As you might have guessed from the previous sentence, Passengers...

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Film Review – A United Kingdom

December 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

Another compelling period drama from Belle (2013) director Amma Asante, A United Kingdom stars David Oyelowo (Selma) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) as Seretse Khama and Ruth Williams, a real life couple whose 1948 marriage...

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Film Review – La La Land

December 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

Viewers who saw Damien Chazelle’s relentless, brutal and intermittently brilliant Whiplash back in 2014 may find themselves surprised at the writer and director’s latest film. Shot in the whimsical, highly saturated visual style of Jacques...

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Film Review – Rogue One

December 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Rogue One is the first stand-alone instalment in the Star Wars Anthology series. Directed by British filmmaker Gareth Edwards (best known for successfully rebooting the Godzilla franchise back in 2014), the film stars Felicity Jones...

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Film Review – The Legend of Ben Hall

December 1, 2016 | 2 Comments

Written, produced and directed by Matthew Holmes (Twin Rivers), The Legend of Ben Hall is a brutally boring historical drama about 19th century Australian bushranger Ben Hall. Hall is a genuinely fascinating folkloric figure and...

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Film Review – Your Name

November 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Most of us are guilty of being dismissive of a certain type or genre of movie. Some people refuse to see romantic comedies and end up missing out on gems like Leslye Headland’s Sleeping With...

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Film Review – War on Everyone

November 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

In 2011 John Michael McDonagh made his feature film debut with The Guard, a sublimely subversive black buddy cop comedy set in western Ireland. The Irish director’s latest film belongs to the same hybrid genre...

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Film Review – The Founder

November 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

Directed by John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks, The Blind Side), The Founder stars Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc, a 52-year-old, struggling milkshake machine salesman who is initially presented as a heroic underdog before gradually...

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Film Review – Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

November 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

Much of the promotion and early critical response to Ang Lee’s unconventional new war drama has focused on the director’s decision to shoot the film in 3D at 4K HD resolution using the unprecedentedly high...

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The first of five instalments in a new spin-off of the incredibly popular Harry Potter film series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a flawed but engaging piece of Jazz Age fantasy spectacle....

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Film Review – Arrival

November 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

Directed by Denis Villeneuve, the Québécois filmmaker best known for crime thrillers like Sicario (2015) and Prisoners (2013), Arrival is a delicate and deeply moving example of successful cinematic science-fiction. Adapted from Ted Chiang’s award...

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