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Film Review – Le Mans 66

A love of motor racing is not required to enjoy James Mangold’s Le Mans 66 (known as Ford v Ferrari in some territories), just as it wasn’t required to enjoy other recent racing related films including Rush and Senna. I … Continue reading

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Film Review – Luce

Based on a play by JC Lee, Luce, directed by Julius Onah, may be a bit stagey, but strong central performances and a gripping narrative offset those aspects of the film. Luce (Kelvin Harrison Jr) is a black teenager, whose … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Aeronauts

The Aeronauts tells the sort-of true story of meteorological pioneer James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne), who ascended to 37,000 feet in an air balloon circa 1862, alongside his pilot Henry Coxwell. This was done to break the record held by the … Continue reading

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Film Review – Doctor Sleep

Did The Shining really need a sequel? Of course not. Stanley Kubrick’s revered 1980 adaptation of the Stephen King novel is a classic of horror cinema that stands shoulder to shoulder with the likes of The Exorcist. Yet after King … Continue reading

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A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

Aardman’s A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon is an absolutely hilarious slapstick animation. Based on the superb Shaun the Sheep TV series (itself a spin-off of Wallace and Gromit short A Close Shave), this sequel to the 2015 Shaun the … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Irishman

Here’s a blast of pure hyperbole: Martin Scorsese’s latest film The Irishman is a triumphant return to the territory he made famous, and one of the best films he has ever made. Based on Charles Brandt’s book I Heard You … Continue reading

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Film Review – Joker

Todd Phillips’s Joker film arrives amid a flurry of mild controversy. At least, mild compared with the great cinematic controversies of yesteryear (this is hardly The Passion of the Christ or A Clockwork Orange). Yes, there has been some concern, … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Farewell

The Farewell begins with the following amusing text: “Based on an actual lie.” This quietly insightful, bittersweet fact based drama from writer/director Lulu Wang has had a lot of awards buzz and good reviews. I liked it a great deal. … Continue reading

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Film Review – Ready or Not

I’m giving blackly comic horror film Ready or Not full marks for this simple reason: it does exactly what it sets out to do with economy and efficiency, not outstaying it’s welcome, and pulling no punches. Is it a great … Continue reading

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Film Review – Bait

Bait is a remarkable, lo-fi monochrome gem of a film. Director Mark Jenkin decided to use an old 16mm film camera from the 1970s, and insisted on hand processing and editing the film himself. This very old-school, hands-on approach generated … Continue reading

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