Film Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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Expansion Pack

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History is marked by ill-advised attempts at extending movie franchises. When a studio with a hot (or moderately successful) property runs out of stories it often scratches around for potential spin-offs, hoping to monetise anything that can loosely be associated with that once popular thing. When Peter Jackson was ordered to squeeze three movies out […]

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Film Review: Allied

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Der Ball und die Kette

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Warning: This review alludes to aspects of the plot. As a director brought up on the movies and storytelling values of ‘40’s American Cinema, one can understand why Robert Zemeckis would be attracted to Allied; a movie suggested by and riffing off Casablanca. Indeed, that’s where it starts, with WW2 Canadian Wing Commander Brad Pitt […]

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Film Review: Arrival

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Good to Talk?

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Warning: This review discusses the plot.  In keeping with its circular logic and narrative design, it’s appropriate that any discussion of Arrival begins as it does, at the end…which is a spoiler but one you warned about. Up to the moment we learn that Amy Adams’ linguist has had her brain and perception rewired by […]

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Film Review: Allied

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Der Ball und die Kette

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Warning: This review alludes to aspects of the plot. As a director brought up on the movies and storytelling values of ‘40’s American Cinema, one can understand why Robert Zemeckis would be attracted to Allied; a movie suggested by and riffing off Casablanca. Indeed, that’s where it starts, with WW2 Canadian Wing Commander Brad Pitt […]

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Film Review: Arrival

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Good to Talk?

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Warning: This review discusses the plot.  In keeping with its circular logic and narrative design, it’s appropriate that any discussion of Arrival begins as it does, at the end…which is a spoiler but one you warned about. Up to the moment we learn that Amy Adams’ linguist has had her brain and perception rewired by […]

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Film Review: American Pastoral

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Daddy's Girl

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Warning: This review refers to aspects of the plot. At a time when anti-establishment sentiment and other thought terminating clichés are firmly on the political radar, a timely adaptation of Philip Roth’s 1997 novel, a take on the collapse of post-war American idealism, toppled by its counter-cultural nemesis, and made intimate and familial so that […]

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Film Review: I, Daniel Blake

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Online Job Seekers Form and Content

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I, Daniel Blake is director Ken Loach’s inevitable reaction to six years of Conservative benefit reform; changes that have legitimised much of the electorate’s prejudices regarding claimants, and the obnoxious assumptions of those with Victorian attitudes to the poor, including the once archaic concept of the deserving and undeserving, as spearheaded by former Work and […]

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Film Review: The Accountant

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Unbalanced

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Warning: This review discusses the plot. The Accountant’s one of those lavish, big name thrillers (Ben Affleck in this instance) that scores big for daring to be a little different, but is ultimately undermined by being just that little bit too contrived. An overcomplicated plot, with a tax code thick backstory, involves an autistic assassin […]

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Film Review: Nocturnal Animals

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A Novel Approach to Revenge

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Warning: This review discusses the movie’s plot and ending. Best to see this title before reading on. If, like me, you had a partner who was initially attracted to your dreamy and creative side, but soon tired of it when she realised that it wasn’t going to provide the kind of security her materialist and […]

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Film Review: Jack Reacher – Never Go Back

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Short Man Syndrome

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Whether you wanted a sequel to 2012’s Jack Reacher is irrelevant; Tom Cruise did, and he’s the man who makes the deals, understood? One can see why the Cruiser likes Lee Childs’ antihero; he’s tough, intimidating, uncompromising – he crushes his enemies. In short, he’s everything the Hollywood star wants to be, and is encouraged […]

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Film Review: Doctor Strange

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(Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Batch)

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The fourteenth film in the Marvel series is billed as a mould breaker, a narrative expanding entry that opens up the MCU to stories set in any one of an infinite number of universes, each with their own unique visual signatures and physical laws. Well that’s all very well in theory, but the problem for […]

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Film Review: Inferno

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Hell on Earth

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Warning: This review discusses aspects of Dan Brown’s stupid plot. Dante aficionados, like Clive James, will tell you the Florentine poet, and devotee of Aristotle and Lee Childs, was a towering intellect; a writer of tremendous power and imagination, who endowed the three parts of his Divine Comedy with rapturous openness, a spiritual scape; an […]

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