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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 – 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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The Tangent Tree podcast: Halloween special

The second episode of weekly film podcast The Tangent Tree, featuring the excellent Samantha Stephen and yours truly, is now available at The Tangent Tree website. A spooky Halloween special, this episode discusses several classic horror films, what we find … Continue reading

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Film Review – Venom

Reviews for Venom have been quite poor, to say the least. Is it that bad? Well… yes, and no. As a film, Venom is a mess – unevenly paced, illogically plotted and tonally all over the place. However, I confess … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Little Stranger

The Little Stranger, adapted by a novel from Sarah Waters, and directed by Lenny Abrahamson, is a moody gothic mystery, emphasising the psychological drama rather than horror aspects of the source material. In fact, mismarketing in the US caused many … Continue reading

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Film Review – American Animals

A caption at the beginning of American Animals initially informs the audience that “This film is not based on a true story”, before the words “not based on” disappear. It’s a good joke, and one that sets up the supposed … Continue reading

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Film Review – Cold War

A postscript at the end of Cold War, the new film from Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski, rather touchingly dedicates it to his parents, whose relationship inspired the story. Far from feeling self-indulgent, this dedication contextualises the non-judgemental sadness oozing from … Continue reading

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Film Review – Alpha

Boy and his wolf stories are hardly new, but director Albert Hughes’s Alpha has plenty of heart, even though it treads a very familiar path of survival adventure and coming-of-age. Set sometime in prehistoric Europe, the story involves the teenage … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Meg

Giant shark versus Jason Statham? Well, I suppose it’s not as ludicrous as a tornado filled with sharks. But that’s almost a shame. The problem with The Meg isn’t that it’s a bad film. It is self-aware enough so that … Continue reading

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Film Review – A Prayer Before Dawn

Immersive. Visceral. Brutal. Sweaty. These are just some of the adjectives I could use to describe A Prayer Before Dawn, the hugely compelling new film from Johnny Mad Dog director Jean-Stephane Sauvaire. I suppose now is as good a time … Continue reading

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