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Film Review – Jackie

January 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Directed by Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín and written by Noah Oppenheim, Jackie stars Natalie Portman as former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in the days directly following her husband’s assassination on November 22, 1963. The film’s opening scene shows Jackie meeting with Life magazine reporter Theodore H. White (Billy Crudup) at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis...

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Film Review – The Edge of Seventeen

January 6, 2017 | 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 made up club reserved for filmmakers who manage to accurately depict the painful, lonely, exhausting experience of being a teenage...

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Film Review – Passengers

January 4, 2017 | 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 suffers from multiple genre-nality disorder. It starts out as an interesting if slightly troubling sci-fi story in the first act,...

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Film Review – Moana

January 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

The latest magical animation from Disney studios is a suitably progressive affair which utilises computer generated 3-D imagery to stunning effect and boasts a powerful central female protagonist. Moana (voiced by Auli’i Cravalho) is a strong willed princess, more preoccupied with connecting to her ancestry and saving her homeland than waiting for prince charming. In...

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Film Review – Assassin’s Creed

January 1, 2017 | 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 the film. We are first introduced to Callum in 1986 when he returns home from an afternoon of bike riding...

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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 generated enough international controversy to provoke a Judicial Inquiry on the part of the British Government. Simultaneously a stirring love...

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Film Review – Red Dog: True Blue

December 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

After the phenomenal Australian box office success of Red Dog (2011), a sequel seemed somewhat inevitable. Not that the filmmakers rushed to cash in on the success of the first film. Instead the same team comprising director Kriv Stenders, writer Daniel Taplitz and producer Nelson Woss have bided their time and attempted to deliver a...

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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 Demy’s The Young Girls of Rochefort and featuring several spectacular song-and-dance numbers alluding to MGM classics like Singin’ in the...

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Film Review – Why Him?

December 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

After the disappointing couplet of Bad Santa 2 and Office Christmas Party, the prospect of another yuletide Hollywood flick was about as desirable as working a shift on Christmas Eve with Ebeneezer Scrooge. Fortunately what we have here is a veritable case of 3rd time lucky. Why Him? is an absolute Christmas cracker. Writer and...

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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 as Jyn Erso, a fugitive from the Galactic Empire who finds herself caught up in a Rebel Alliance plot to...

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Film Review – Paterson

December 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

The latest offering from revered U.S indie director Jim Jarmusch (Down By Law, The Limits of Control) is a languid, beautifully shot film which utilises his signature visual style and boasts a fine, perfectly restrained central performance from the ever brilliant Adam Driver (Girls, Star Wars: The Force Awakens). Set in the town of Paterson,...

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Film Review – Office Christmas Party

December 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

Some of America’s top comedy talent attempt to bring the festive cheer in this fleetingly funny but mostly banal yuletide yarn. It’s a suitably rude and raucous affair, with jokes and outrageous visual gags coming at a frenetic pace. The script is thin on ideas though and the underdeveloped characters lack much wit or charm....

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Film Review – Allied

December 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

The ghost of Casablanca haunts the screen in this assured, handsome World War 2 drama from veteran director Robert Zemeckis (Flight, The Walk) and prolific screenwriter Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders, Burnt). The powerhouse pairing of Brad Pitt and Marianne Cotillard in the lead roles provides an agreeable echo of Bacall and Bogie from the 1942...

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