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Film Review – Spider-Man Into the Spider-verse

Given the sheer number of recent Spider-man reboots, the question has to be asked: do we really need another Spider-man? These reboots are just one of many jokes made at the expense of the webslinger in the animated Spider-man Into … Continue reading

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Film Review – Three Identical Strangers

Tim Wardle’s extraordinary documentary Three Identical Strangers proves yet again that truth is most emphatically stranger than fiction. If anyone presented this story as fiction, it would be rejected out of hand as utterly implausible. Nonetheless, despite my jaw hanging … Continue reading

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Film Review – Ralph Breaks the Internet

The original Wreck-It Ralph was a terrific film that took me quite by surprise when I first saw it. I went in with low expectations and came out elated, which was especially wonderful because I had just endured a glut … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Old Man & the Gun

Onscreen text at the start of The Old Man & The Gun informs us that “This story is also, mostly, true”. Deliberately echoing the “Most of what follows is true” text that opens Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kind, the … Continue reading

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Film Review – Creed II

I had previously written off the Rocky series as yesterday’s news, but Creed breathed new life into the hoary old boxing franchise, proving that there was life in the old beast yet. Creed II is not quite as good, but … Continue reading

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Film Review – Assassination Nation

Assassination Nation begins with a darkly comical, wry voiceover from teenage protagonist Lily (Odessa Young), giving a “trigger” warning to audiences that the film they are about to watch contains “swearing”, “blood”, “torture”, “racism”, “sexism”, “kidnapping”, “rape”, “murder”, “toxic masculinity”, … Continue reading

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Suspiria (2018)

Luca Guadagnino’s remake of Suspiria has to be one of the most maddening films I’ve seen in some time. Maddening, because it is well cast and directed, and somewhere in its ludicrously overlong running time (over two and a half … Continue reading

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Film Review – Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has spawned another cinematic universe, specifically the “Wizarding World” in which we are now due not one but four sequels to the afore-mentioned spin-off, with presumably other tangents and offshoots … Continue reading

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Film Review – Peterloo

Peterloo writer/director Mike Leigh claims he didn’t learn about the subject of his latest film in school. By contrast I was taught about this curious footnote in UK nineteenth century history, so coming to Peterloo, I knew all about the … Continue reading

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Film Review – They Shall Not Grow Old

I have little to add to the superlatives that have been heaped on Peter Jackson’s World War I documentary They Shall Not Grow Old, suffice to say it is a singular, sobering, must-see experience. Utilising footage from the Imperial War … Continue reading

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