Film Review: Pet Sematary (2019)

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Bad Kitty

Using a cover of the Ramone’s 1989 hit “Pet Sematary” over the end credits is a little presumptuous of the makers of this second adaptation of Stephen King’s novel. The song was written for the first movie version, co-scripted by King, and its reprise only serves to remind you that there’s a more faithful version […]

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Film Review: Shazam!

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Bigger 

Another week, another superhero movie – this one a bucking young foal from the DC stable. Does it matter what it’s about? Not really. It’s a simple story – good wizards vs bad, with an odd pseudo religious import – a man possessed by demonic manifestations of the seven deadly sins. We know not how […]

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Film Review: Us

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...and them

 

 

Warning: This review discusses the movie’s ending. Have a word with yourself before reading if you’ve yet to see this title. The mind of Jordan Peele, as introductions to his movies are styled, thinks about the legacy of social division in America and how a growing middle class, and changes to what’s acceptable in public […]

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Film Review: Shazam!

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Bigger 

Another week, another superhero movie – this one a bucking young foal from the DC stable. Does it matter what it’s about? Not really. It’s a simple story – good wizards vs bad, with an odd pseudo religious import – a man possessed by demonic manifestations of the seven deadly sins. We know not how […]

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Film Review: Us

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...and them

 

 

Warning: This review discusses the movie’s ending. Have a word with yourself before reading if you’ve yet to see this title. The mind of Jordan Peele, as introductions to his movies are styled, thinks about the legacy of social division in America and how a growing middle class, and changes to what’s acceptable in public […]

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Book Review: Woke – A Guide to Social Justice by Titania McGrath

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Culture Wars

Warning: This review is written by a white male and consequently all views expressed therein should be instantly dismissed. Titania McGrath is a satirical character who takes herself so seriously than she aggressively rejects labels like “satirical character” as this is tantamount to being unpersoned. Not every Twitter spoof account gets a spin-off book. Nadine […]

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Film Review: Captain Marvel

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Trouble at the Top

One throwaway gag early in Captain Marvel alludes to the dark fate that stalks every cinematic sure thing. Brie Larson’s amnesiac, trained by an alien species called the Kree to fight galactic terrorism, literally falls to Earth, circa June 1995, and into a branch of Blockbuster. There she catches a peripheral glimpse of a promo […]

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Book Review: In Our Mad and Furious City by Guy Gunaratne

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Happy Together  

Warning: This review alludes to the novel’s ending.  London life, for the benefit of those of you currently rotting in the provinces, is characterised by a cultural schism, namely the multicultural experience as understood by immigrant families and their indigenous offspring, and the melting pot as experienced and imagined by the white middle class. Guy […]

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Film Review: Cold Pursuit

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Under the Cosh  

Until Liam Neeson starting promoting it, the most interesting thing about Hans Petter Moland’s remake of his own movie, was why he bothered. Surely the chore of retreading old snowy ground would induce a certain lethargy? Cold Pursuit, its silly title a poor substitute for the original’s In Order of Disappearance (congruous with the film’s […]

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Film Review: Happy Death Day 2U

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Let's Go Round Again 

Warning: This review alludes to plot points. Do not read unless you’ve already lived through a screening.  Happy Death Day was a moderately successful high-concept Blumhouse horror flick that added a stalk and slash twist to Groundhog Day’s plot. Jessica Rothe’s imperilled student tried to unmask the maniac sporting the university’s babyface mascot mask, before […]

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Film Review: Alita – Battle Angel

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Cameron's hand-me-downs 

While the dollars printed to meet Titanic’s budget were still wet, there was talk of James Cameron adapting Yukito Kishiro’s manga series based on the adventures of a futuristic cyberpunk cyborg for the big screen. Back when, with Cameron’s reputation at its peak, this was a tantalising prospect – a return to the tech noir […]

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Film Review: Can You Ever Forgive Me?

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Typographical Error 

Can you ever forgive me? A question that if asked by Melissa McCarthy is likely to result in an unequivocal no. After all, Melissa has inflicted nomedy and toe-curling improvisation on us for some years now, in an era when movie comedy is the laziest and least ambitious it’s ever been. But there was a […]

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