Film Review: Passengers

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Desert Island Dick

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Warning: This review discusses the plot. Sigh for the film Morten Tyldum’s Passengers might have been. For buried in its familiar, crowd pleasing architecture – a design that encompasses human frailty, romance and redemption, packaged with a couple of good looking leads – there’s a darker, funnier, more subversive story. Unfortunately, Tyldum and company didn’t […]

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Film Review: Rogue One – A Star Wars Story

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Moon Shot

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Warning: This review contains minor spoilers. Who directed Rogue One: A Star Wars Story? Gareth Edwards? Tony Gilroy? The uncanny, creepy computer generated likeness of George Lucas, circa 1977? It matters not a Jawa. This is a successful prequel in all the ways that Lucas’s second trilogy wasn’t. It’s tonally and aesthetically consistent with the […]

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Film Review: Sully

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Fight or Flight

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Clint Eastwood’s Sully is a no frills, matter-of-fact retelling of 2009’s so-called “Miracle on the Hudson”; a feat of unprecedented piloting skill (or luck) that saw US Airways Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger safely land his Airbus A320 on the river when a flock of geese struck and killed both the plane’s engines. All 155 passengers […]

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Film Review: Rogue One – A Star Wars Story

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Moon Shot

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Warning: This review contains minor spoilers. Who directed Rogue One: A Star Wars Story? Gareth Edwards? Tony Gilroy? The uncanny, creepy computer generated likeness of George Lucas, circa 1977? It matters not a Jawa. This is a successful prequel in all the ways that Lucas’s second trilogy wasn’t. It’s tonally and aesthetically consistent with the […]

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Film Review: Sully

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Fight or Flight

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Clint Eastwood’s Sully is a no frills, matter-of-fact retelling of 2009’s so-called “Miracle on the Hudson”; a feat of unprecedented piloting skill (or luck) that saw US Airways Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger safely land his Airbus A320 on the river when a flock of geese struck and killed both the plane’s engines. All 155 passengers […]

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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: 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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