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Film Review – Loving Vincent

Giving new meaning to the term labour of love, Loving Vincent is a visually mesmerising but dramatically tepid animated film, examining the events surrounding the death of celebrated painter Vincent Van Gogh. Starting with the positives, the film is an … Continue reading

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Film Review – Blade Runner 2049

Despite the drooling critical acclaim lavished on Denis Villeneuve’s much belated sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 masterpiece, based on one viewing at least, I’d say this isn’t in the pantheon of genuinely great sequels (ie The Godfather Part II, The … Continue reading

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Film Review – Brimstone

The shadow of Night of the Hunter looms large over Brimstone, a lengthy, lurid and savagely violent Dutch western from writer/director Martin Koolhoven. Upfront warnings for bad language, nudity, sex, violence and sexual violence are hereby duly issued, as this … Continue reading

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Film Review – Mother!

There has been much debate around Darren Aronofsky’s Mother! as to what it is all supposed to mean. Some have interpreted it as an environmentalist parable (a “Mother” who gives to an overpopulated world until she can give nothing more), … Continue reading

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Film Review – It

Stephen King’s It has previously been adapted as a memorable television miniseries, so this new version, helmed by Mama director Andy Muschietti, comes with a certain level of expectation. Personally I don’t find It quite the bone-chilling exercise in terror … Continue reading

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Film Review – Patti Cake$

Patti Cake$ is an entertaining if flawed indie outing from writer/director Geremy Jasper. It follows the fortunes of overweight, white female rapper wannabe Patti Dombrowski (the excellent Danielle Macdonald). Her determination is undermined at every turn by those in her … Continue reading

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Film Review – American Made

Tom Cruise gets back to his roots (sort of) in Doug Liman’s American Made. Very loosely based on a true story, the film tells of Barry Seal, a TWA airline pilot involved in small-time cigar smuggling, who was recruited by … Continue reading

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Film Review – Detroit

In Detroit, Kathryn Bigelow’s gripping, extremely intense film about the Algiers motel killings during the 1967 Detroit riots, she and regular screenwriter Mark Boal have crafted a meticulously researched version of this notorious incident. Yet a postscript acknowledges the precise … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Big Sick

Last night I finally managed to catch up with The Big Sick, a fact-based romantic comedy drama which hasn’t done great business (in the UK at least). This is a shame, since The Big Sick is funny, touching and even … Continue reading

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Film Review – Annabelle Creation

Let’s not kid ourselves, Annabelle Creation is a deeply clichéd film. A prequel to a prequel, this offshoot of The Conjuring universe (why is everything part of a “universe” these days?) really ought to provoke rolled eyebrows given the cheap … Continue reading

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