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REVIEW: The BFG (2016)

I have wanted to see Roald Dahl’s dark and sinister children’s story adapted to the big screen for many a year now. I grew up reading The BFG and it has left an imprint on me ever since. It was a story that really got under my…

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REVIEW: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

I believe there is a place for the Ninja Turtles in modern cinema. The iterations of these characters in the 1990s were fun, but they have dated worse than I do on Tinder. The last five years or so have seen many remakes (or reboots…

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REVIEW: Hardcore Henry (2016)

Having seen the trailer for this movie, my feelings towards it were mixed. Sharlto Copley takes a starring role, which is always a draw, but I felt that the first person perspective in which the movie was shot was a gimmick that would not be…

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REVIEW: Gravity (2013)

Prior to its release, ‘Gravity’ was one of my most anticipated films of its year. Groundbreaking visual effects, novel filmmaking techniques and an intense, claustrophobic story; the film looked like a real treat. The story sees Sandra Bullock’s Ryan Stone and George Clooney’s Matt Kowalski…

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REVIEW: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

2003 saw Peter Jackson’s epic trilogy come to a resounding and overwhelming end with ‘The Return of the King’. The two films previously had completely realigned what I would expect from film in general, so I was eagerly anticipating the final instalment. Many things were said…

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REVIEW: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Written by Chris Winterbottom After the overwhelming success of ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’, the first instalment in Peter Jackson’s magnum opus, you would be forgiven for having reserved expectations for the second part of the trilogy. Could they build on the magnificent foundations set in…

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REVIEW: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

Written by Chris Winterbottom There was much to be satisfied with in Peter Jackson’s opening instalment of ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy, although it is fair to say the film was not a resounding success. But I was keen to see the second film in a trilogy…

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REVIEW: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Written by Chris Winterbottom My love for Peter Jackson’s master works, ‘The Lord Of The Rings’, is unmatched. Never have I seen any one film which dumbfounded and moved me in such a way as those three each did. The three films were beautiful, extraordinary…

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REVIEW: Black Sea (2014)

Written by Chris Winterbottom I approached Kevin Macdonald’s ‘Black Sea’ with an air of optimism. I am an admirer of his work, considering ‘Touching The Void’ to be a great documentary, and films such as ‘State Of Play’ and ‘The Last King Of Scotland’ showing his ability…

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REVIEW: Se7en (1995)

Written by Chris Winterbottom I was first introduced to David Fincher’s ‘Se7en’ when I was about 14. To me, even at that age, I thought the film looked like an over the top horror film, with little to offer in terms of originality. The opening…

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REVIEW: 21 Jump Street (2012)

Written by Chris Winterbottom Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are two very talented filmmakers, who understand the subtleties and discipline of comedy. The success of ‘21 Jump Street’ meant a sequel got the green light, and they were allowed free reign over the burgeoning ‘Lego Movie’ franchise, which proved…

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REVIEW: Straight Outta Compton (2015)

Written by Chris Winterbottom I had mixed feelings about this F. Gary Gray biopic. Giving an insight into one of the most influential music groups of this generation was an intriguing idea, but previous attempts at filming the early life of rap heroes have had…