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Film Review – Beauty and the Beast

Disney’s live action remake of the classic 1991 animated version of Beauty and the Beast exists for only one reason: money. Other than that, it is the cinematic equivalent of a Westlife cover version: bland, inoffensive, indistinct, and utterly, utterly … Continue reading

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Film Review – Get Out

For the first half at least, Get Out, a satirical horror film from writer/director Jordan Peele, takes a nicely scathing look at racism lurking beneath the veneer of well-intended white middle class liberal elites. It has received sterling notices from … Continue reading

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Film Review – Kong: Skull Island

Apocalypse Now meets The Land that Time Forgot isn’t an obvious premise for a King Kong reboot, but Kong: Skull Island is nonetheless a surprisingly effective, if jaw-droppingly ridiculous, slab of monster blockbuster fun. It’s considerably more bonkers, and therefore … Continue reading

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Film Review – Logan

From the very start, Logan is on a mission to prove it is absolutely not a film for children. By opening with a bloodthirsty and f-word strewn encounter with murderous car thieves, director James Mangold seems determined to underline that … Continue reading

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Film Review – Split

After dutifully viewing all best picture nominees, I rewarded myself with some genre nonsense yesterday by finally catching up with M Night Shyamalan’s Split, heralded by many critics as a major return to form. For my money, The Sixth Sense … Continue reading

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Ray Harryhausen Syndrome

This is a blog post I wrote back in 2010, but I thought it was worth of a revamp/repost in lieu of the upcoming Kong Skull Island. It concerns a medical condition certain movie lovers are afflicted with – Ray … Continue reading

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Film Review – Fences

Quite honestly, I am on the fence about whether or not I should recommend Fences. Yes, it does contain some superb performances, but it is, unquestionably, a very stagey piece of work. Given that it is based on a play … Continue reading

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Oscars 2017

With the rather hilarious twist of having the wrong Best Picture read out, this year’s Oscars provided quite a shock when Moonlight was named the winner over La La Land. I must admit I didn’t see that coming, although many … Continue reading

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Film Review – Moonlight

Tremendous critical acclaim has greeted writer/director Barry Jenkins’s Moonlight, which I finally caught up with last night (on the night it won Best Picture). So is it really that good? Well, certainly the acting and direction cannot be faulted, and … Continue reading

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Film Review – Hidden Figures

The Oscar nominated Hidden Figures, a true story of civil rights and the space race, is the third film in what feels like as many weeks to feature photographs of the people it is based on in the end credits. … Continue reading

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