Book Review: This Land – The Story of a Movement by Owen Jones

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"Oh Dear."

Hot on the heels of Left Out – Gabriel Pogrund and Patrick Maguire’s political autopsy of the Corbyn years, comes another hurried history from Owen Jones. A cheerleader for Corbynism, ubiquitous on TV throughout Jeremy’s accidental tenure, and one of the former Labour leader’s many media subs, given the jam making, mould breaking beard’s aversion […]

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Film Review: Bill and Ted Face the Music

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Billie and Thea's Most Triumphant Usurping 

Warning: This review foretells the future, Dude. Don’t read on if you don’t want to know what comes to pass. Bill and Ted Face the Music debuts 31 years after the original comedy featuring Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter as a pair of rock lovin’, nice but dim teens who learn, despite having no musical […]

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Film Review: Cuties

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They Fuck You Up, Your Mum and Dad

Warning: The reviewer has seen this film so may articulate informed opinions in its appraisal. Those uninterested in this category of assessment shouldn’t read any further. I don’t know about you, but I’ve missed a good old fashioned moral panic. It’s been a while since we’ve had a movie that brought out the tired, obnoxious […]

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Film Review: Bill and Ted Face the Music

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Billie and Thea's Most Triumphant Usurping 

Warning: This review foretells the future, Dude. Don’t read on if you don’t want to know what comes to pass. Bill and Ted Face the Music debuts 31 years after the original comedy featuring Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter as a pair of rock lovin’, nice but dim teens who learn, despite having no musical […]

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Film Review: Cuties

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They Fuck You Up, Your Mum and Dad

Warning: The reviewer has seen this film so may articulate informed opinions in its appraisal. Those uninterested in this category of assessment shouldn’t read any further. I don’t know about you, but I’ve missed a good old fashioned moral panic. It’s been a while since we’ve had a movie that brought out the tired, obnoxious […]

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Film Review: Unhinged

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It's all over the front page...

Unhinged is an appropriate title for a movie that’s trying to persuade those fleeing the zombie apocalypse to take a trip to the mall. In peacetime, Derrick Borte’s road rage thriller would be spring filler – the kind of movie you slip into to get out of the rain. But for a few weeks it […]

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Film Review: Tenet

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Time Bomb

Note: This review has been scanned for viruses. Cinema’s in such deep shit right now that any big movie put in the unenviable position of re-opening the market after four months of closure would be talked up as the saviour of theatrical exhibition. As cinemas (or theatres, if you insist) have remained closed – the […]

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Retrospective Film Review: Peter’s Friends (1992)

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Old Muckers

Warning: This review contains 30 year-old spoilers.  I first saw Peter’s Friends in 1992. Then 15, I recall leaving the cinema feeling warm and cheerful, the film having done its simple work on my adolescent brain. For the next 28 years it was never thought of again, until a discerning friend suggested it was a go-to […]

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Film Review: The Invisible Man (2020)

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Sight Unseen

The success of the Marvel movies prompted other studios to blow the dust off their geriatric IP and see what could be linked to form some – indeed, any kind of cinematic universe. Universal’s big idea was to revive their classic monsters under a “dark universe” umbrella. But when Alex Kurtzman, he who ruined Star […]

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Film Review: Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

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Bird Watching 

Warning: This review alludes to the film’s ending. This spin-off from Suicide Squad, with Margot Robbie reprising her role as Harley Quinn, has a plot mapped out like a toddler’s doodle. It takes most of the two hour-plus running time to get the titular Birds into the same room, and having done so, gives them […]

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Film Review: Parasite

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Home Invaders

Parasite is a Korean episode of Inside No.9 which like the BBC Pemberton and Shearsmith anthology series, starts with an interesting contrivance then works backwards to intricately facilitate it. This clockwork universe approach to storytelling makes for a satisfying act of on-screen contortion, as those carefully plotted twists are experienced in linear fashion. But the […]

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Film Review: The Lighthouse

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It's Bad Luck to Kill a Sea Bird 

Robert Eggers rain swept, fog horn inflected horror movie, is a heady, phantasmagoria; mostly pastiche, appropriating the photography and perfectly square aspect ratio of old, to affirm its status as an off the shelf 19th century artefact, but all inventive and deftly comic lunacy. You can do a lot with two salty sea dogs trapped […]

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