Film Review: 13 Hours – The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

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The Occupiers 

13 Hours

If you’d been locked in a fight for your life, a battle in which many of your closest friends perished, would you want Michael Bay to dramatise your story? For most of us the answer would be a resounding, impolite “no”, but it’s different if you’re a former American covert mercenary. In that instance you’d […]

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Film Review: Joy

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Whale Song 

Joy

There’s been much talk of late about the ethics behind the Oscars, particularly the suggestion that Black and Minority Actors get ignored by the Academy. But there’s another side to the ceremony that’s seldom debated; legacy. Are some directors, following a run of Oscar recognition (though not necessarily translating into statuettes), given too much freedom? […]

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Film Review: Room

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If These Walls Could Talk...

Room

Hey book fans, do you remember Room? It was Emma Donoghue’s 2010 novel about an abducted young woman rearing her five-year-old, the product of being raped by her captor, in the fortified shed he’d imprisoned her in. Sure, you do. You remember being irritated by little Jack’s narration, his occasional lapse into adult understanding, replacing […]

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Film Review: Joy

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Whale Song 

Joy

There’s been much talk of late about the ethics behind the Oscars, particularly the suggestion that Black and Minority Actors get ignored by the Academy. But there’s another side to the ceremony that’s seldom debated; legacy. Are some directors, following a run of Oscar recognition (though not necessarily translating into statuettes), given too much freedom? […]

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Film Review: Room

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If These Walls Could Talk...

Room

Hey book fans, do you remember Room? It was Emma Donoghue’s 2010 novel about an abducted young woman rearing her five-year-old, the product of being raped by her captor, in the fortified shed he’d imprisoned her in. Sure, you do. You remember being irritated by little Jack’s narration, his occasional lapse into adult understanding, replacing […]

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Film Review: The Revenant

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The Wilderness Years

The Revenant

Not long ago audiences contemplated Quentin Tarantino’s wasteful use of Ultra Panavision 70mm in The Hateful Eight, 85% of which was theatrically presented inside a cabin set. That movie also opted for cartoon characters and lashings of full fat verbosity. What, we asked, would a real Western look like; one that took the beauty and […]

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Film Review: The Big Short

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Betting Against the House 

The Big Short

With ominous noises on the global economy coming from finance ministers both side of the Atlantic, now’s the perfect time to remind yourself of the multiplicity of follies and criminal outrages that lead to the 2008 crash. Rooted in the American sub-prime mortgage market, a fly tip of bad debt, repackaged and sold on by […]

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Film Review: The Hateful Eight

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Cabin Fever 

The Hateful Eight

This review is of the 187 minute, Ultra Panavision 70mm roadshow cut. Can a filmmaker have too much freedom? The question used to be asked of George Lucas, Hollywood’s luckiest cynic, who secured a lifetime of creative and financial autonomy with one sweet merchandising deal. Now it’s time to ask it of Quentin Tarantino. QT, […]

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Film Review: The Danish Girl

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Man, I feel like a woman

The Danish Girl

Another January, another slab of awards bait starring Eddie Redmayne. This year he’s courting superlatives like “brave” and “inspiring” playing the 1920’s Danish landscape artist Einar Wegener, amongst the first people in the world to have gender reassignment surgery. Tom Hooper’s film, which takes no artistic risks whatsoever – a movie compromised of tasteful compositions, […]

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Film Review: Creed

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Mr Punch 

Creed

Speaking of the proposed Rambo TV series, Sylvester Stallone told Variety, “I don’t want to cast aspersions but it’s delicate to try to replace a character with his son.” Many presumed his irony bone had snapped as Creed, a continuation of the Rocky series, does exactly that. Michael B. Jordan isn’t the Italian Stallion’s seed […]

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Film Review: Spotlight

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Mass Abuse 

Spotlight

Tom McCarthy’s drama, born of reality, is quietly understated, no-frills filmmaking; a compelling unspooling of the Boston Globe’s investigation into historic child abuse by the Catholic Church. Eschewing thriller conventions, “you have no idea how high up this goes” clichés and the overdramatising of material, including egregious sentimentality, Spotlight, referring to the investigative quartet on […]

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2015 Film Retrospectre and Annual Whitfield Awards

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Well Ooh Trayers, it’s been another long year in movie land, and once again we reach the end, perhaps a little wiser, but certainly with less energy than when we last sat down and reflected 12 months ago. So now, as is customary, it’s time to look back to January – a more innocent time, […]

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