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Oxford International Short Film Festival Highlights: Part 2

Here are some more highlights from the upcoming Oxford International Short Film Festival on Saturday 23rd March. Once Bitten – A fun, tongue-in-cheek horror pastiche starring Lauren Ashley Carter, Garth Maunders and Sir Dickie Benson (as himself). Her imagination fueled … Continue reading

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Oxford International Short Film Festival Highlights: Part 1

Over the next three days, I’m reviewing some of the highlights from the upcoming Oxford International Short Film Festival on Saturday 23rd March. Sara – This Italian film directed by Mario Cordova features a strong central performance from Elizabetta Rosa, … Continue reading

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Film Review – Capernaum

Abandoned children struggling to survive in Dickensian poverty is a guaranteed heart-string tugger. Capernaum tugs them in extremely powerful and poignant fashion, albeit with a premise that I initially considered outlandish. Said premise involves a boy called Zain (an absolutely … Continue reading

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Film Review – Fighting with My Family

Writer/director Stephen Merchant’s Fighting with My Family is the fact-based story of Saraya Knight (Florence Pugh), and how she and her brother pursued their dreams to join World Wrestling Entertainment. For the record: I have zero interest in wrestling and … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Kid Who Would Be King

The Kid Who Would Be King is a very entertaining children’s adventure with heart, wit and action to spare. The film inexplicably died at the box office in America, but I suspect it will do better in the UK and … Continue reading

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Film Review – Alita: Battle Angel

A grab bag of cinematic dystopia populates Robert Rodriguez’s manga inspired Alita: Battle Angel. A pinch of Blade Runner here, a dash of Robocop there, soaked in a Mad Max marinade, served with an al dente Rollerball and a sprinkle … Continue reading

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Film Review – Burning

Burning is a very long, glacially paced, but weirdly compelling Korean film from director Chang-dong Lee that defies easy categorisation. It begins as a quirky love story, evolves into a psychological drama and then becomes something of a low-key, oddly … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

As “awesome” as the first. Yes, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s unlikely 2014 triumph is repeated in The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. Like that first film, this is no mere corporate commercial, but a hilarious, subversive, satirical joy. … Continue reading

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Film Review – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Can You Ever Forgive Me? is based on the true story of Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy), a modestly successful celebrity biographer living in New York who, after falling out of step with current tastes, turns to forgery with her loyal … Continue reading

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Film Review – Green Book

Two fine performances from Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali elevate this otherwise fairly inconsequential Oscar-nominated road movie. Based on a true story, Green Book explores the bond that develops between refined African American classical pianist Dr Don Shirley (Ali) and … Continue reading

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