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REVIEW: Escape from Mogadishu (2021)

Korean cinema is experiencing something of a Golden Age. The floodgates have opened and an impressive coterie of Korean filmmakers have broken through into the mainstream. Director Seung-wan Ryoo bursts onto the scene with Escape from Mogadishu, a thrillingly humanitarian tale of unity. By its…

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REVIEW: The Beekeeper (2020)

William McGregor’s latest documentary short is an enraging but impassioned observation of the battle between preserving rural heritage and urban colonialism, a battle that takes place on the mesmeric coast of Anglesey. McGregor has shown a fascination throughout his short but impressive career towards the…

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REVIEW: The Invisible Man (2020)

‘Dark Universe’. The very phrase itself sends shivers down the spines of Universal studio executives who were once salivating at the prospect of rejuvenating the pre-code Monster movies for modern audiences, only for it to die as quickly as it was conceptualised. When The Mummy…

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REVIEW: The Grudge (2020)

Takashi Shimizu’s supernatural-born horror franchise, which began in Japan in 2002 with Ju-On: The Grudge but was transnationally brought to Hollywood just two years later, supposedly died in 2015 with Ju-On: The Final Curse. Dampened by poor critical reactions but bolstered by somewhat of a…

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REVIEW: Ad Astra (2019)

Director James Gray, who has made a name for himself with his grounded, New York-set dramas, reaches for the skies in Ad Astra, his Brad Pitt-leading Magnus Opus. He takes the run-of-the-mill space exploration movie and infuses enough creative and authorial expressivity to place it…

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REVIEW: Gwen (2019)

Most known for his contributions to British television, ranging from BBC’s gothic costume-drama Poldark to Channel 4’s raucous teen-comedy Misfits, writer-director William McGregor makes his feature-length debut with Gwen; a slow-burning, candle-lit exploration of an implosive family unit set in rural, 19th Century Snowdonia. It’s…

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REVIEW: X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019)

With the monumental success of Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame slowly coming to a halt, the monolithic finale to a franchise that has changed the landscape of the 21st Century blockbuster, it seems that 2019 is a bittersweet year for the superhero genre; a year where our…