Category Archives: Films

Film Review – Their Finest

Their Finest offers an intriguing glance into the British Film Industry during World War II, through the eyes of a woman appointed as a scriptwriter during those dark times. Said woman is Catrin (Gemma Arterton). Initially given the rather sexist … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Handmaiden

First, the obligatory upfront warning: The Handmaiden contains explicit and prolonged sex scenes, sexual themes, violence and bad language. Those familiar with the extreme cinema of Park Chan-wook (best known for the Lady Vengeance trilogy and more recently Stoker) will … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Salesman

I finally got round to seeing The Salesman, which won Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars this year. At the time I suspected voters chose it for political reasons, and quite honestly having seen it I am more convinced … Continue reading

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Film Review – Raw

Cannibalism is nothing new in horror cinema, but it’s given a fresh, interesting spin in French director Julia Ducournau’s debut film Raw. I hereby dispense the usual 18 certificate warnings for bad language, sexual content, violence and strong gory images, … Continue reading

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Film Review – Elle

A committed, first-rate performance from Isabelle Huppert forms the centre of Paul Verhoeven’s Elle, a rape revenge thriller guaranteed to cause controversy and jab at raw nerves. It is easily Verhoeven’s best work in years, and a reminder of just … Continue reading

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Film Review – Life

Alien meets Gravity essentially sums up Life, an incredibly derivative sci-fi horror pic from director Daniel Espinosa that is a lot more satisfying than it really deserves to be. Yet somehow, the film delivers the goods in thrills, scares and … Continue reading

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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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