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Film Review – My Cousin Rachel

Daphne Du Maurier’s My Cousin Rachel has been adapted before, but not as effectively as in Roger Michell’s new version starring Rachel Weisz in the lead role. A proper did-she, didn’t-she 19th Century gothic mystery, My Cousin Rachel will certainly … Continue reading

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Film Review – Wonder Woman

Since the conclusion of Christopher Nolan’s superb Batman trilogy, the DC Universe has fared rather poorly on the big screen. Man of Steel, Suicide Squad and Batman vs Superman all had major issues, to say the least. But one patch … Continue reading

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Film Review – Lady Macbeth

Florence Pugh gives an outstanding lead performance in Lady Macbeth, which I finally caught up with this evening at my local arts centre. Alice Birch’s screenplay, based on Nikolai Leskov’s novel, has relocated the narrative to the north of England … Continue reading

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Film Review – Colossal

The biggest surprise of Colossal is that despite it’s bizarre premise, it actually works very well. After being dumped by her boyfriend and kicked out of his New York apartment, alcoholic Gloria (Anne Hathaway) returns to her home town to … Continue reading

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Film Review- Alien Covenant

The Alien series is now officially on my list of franchises that must be humanely put down (along with the Pirates of the Caribbean and Transformers series, both cynical cash cows devoid of any artistic merit that will continue as … Continue reading

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Film Review – Free Fire

Having missed its brief multiplex run I finally caught up with Free Fire, the latest from writer/director combo Amy Jump and Ben Wheatley, at my local arts centre. Definitely one of their more accessible films, it’s slick, violent, sweary and … Continue reading

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

The first Guardians of the Galaxy has steadily climbed in my affections on repeat viewings, to the point that it definitely ranks in my top three Marvel movies, mainly because of the poignant subplot involving Peter Quill’s mother. I suspect … Continue reading

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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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