Category Archives: Film Reviews

Film Review – The Disaster Artist

Any self-respecting film buff will tell you The Room (as opposed to Room – important distinction) is one of the best worst movies ever made. As an attempt at Tennessee Williams-esque chamber piece, it is astonishingly and hilarious bad; a … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Florida Project

Following the audacious Tangerine, Sean Baker’s new film The Florida Project is a truly outstanding celebration of childhood, set against a social realist backdrop amongst Florida’s more deprived residents. At a budget motel near Disneyland, the film follows fearless, six … Continue reading

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Film Review – Wonder

If Wonder proves anything, it proves that having a Star Wars obsessed protagonist is no guarantee that I will give a film a free pass. Having been told that Wonder would make me laugh and cry, I can inform you … Continue reading

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Film Review – Battle of the Sexes

The famous “Battle of the Sexes” 1973 tennis match between world number one Billie Jean King and former champion Bobby Riggs is dramatised to very agreeable effect in this satisfying drama, co-directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. Featuring outstanding … Continue reading

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Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, based on a memoir by Peter Turner, is about the brief but passionate relationship between Peter and Oscar-winning but fading Hollywood star Gloria Grahame, who had memorable supporting roles in films like It’s a … Continue reading

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Film Review – Justice League

A very troubled production history has beleaguered DC’s Justice League film. It had already been plagued by reshoots when personal tragedy meant director Zack Snyder had to be replaced by Joss Whedon. Another round of rewriting and reshoots ensued and, … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Death of Stalin

Very loosely based on the political tumult following Stalin’s demise, Armando Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin is a superb, darkly hilarious historical satire, and a must-see for Iannucci fans. Amid the chaos and paranoia after Stalin’s death in 1953 Soviet … Continue reading

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Film Review – Paddington 2

Every bit as good as it’s predecessor, Paddington 2 is an absolute blast for the entire family, and one of the best films I have seen this year. After the events of the first film, talking bear Paddington is happy … Continue reading

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Film Review – Murder on the Orient Express

Hercule Poirot’s luxuriant moustache is depicted far more as described in the novel in Kenneth Branagh’s new take on the Agatha Christie classic. Here the sheer volume of exquisitely groomed whiskers are endlessly distracting to quite amusing effect, far more … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Killing of a Sacred Deer

I’ll cut to the chase:  director Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Killing of a Sacred Deer is a stone cold masterpiece. Capitalising on the promise shown in his previous works, Dogtooth and The Lobster, here he crafts his best film yet; a … Continue reading

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