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REVIEW: Fifty Shades Darker (2017)

The reviews of the sequel to 2015’s ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ have been dire, pretty much across the board. However, the worse the reviews have been (particularly from male critics), the more determined I was to go into this film and enjoy it – to…

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REVIEW: Live by Night (2017)

I have been a big fan of Ben Affleck’s since his collaborations with Kevin Smith in his strongest trio of films; ‘Mallrats’, ‘Chasing Amy’ and ‘Dogma’. Affleck’s career has been a rollercoaster – there have been the highs of the Oscar for co-writing ‘Good Will…

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REVIEW: Hidden Figures (2017)

‘Hidden Figures’ is doing very, very well in America. Despite stiff competition from ‘Rogue One’ and ‘La La Land’, people are turning out in great numbers for the plucky little film that could. This is despite being almost totally ignored by awards season thus far…

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REVIEW: Knight of Cups (2016)

Terrence Malik is going through an ultra productive period in recent years, with ‘Tree of Life’ (2011), ‘To the Wonder’ (2012) and now ‘Knight of Cups’. This is after famously having a twenty year gap between ‘Days of Heaven’ and ‘The Thin Red Line’. I…

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REVIEW: The Edge of Seventeen (2016)

Teen films have a long and rich tradition, stretching back to the golden age of the John Hughes classics of the 1980s. However, I’m struggling to think of many good recent examples of the genre, apart from this year’s Dublin-set ‘Sing Street’. Therefore, it was…

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REVIEW: Inferno (2016)

I have a confession. I have read all of Dan Brown’s books, even the ones that don’t feature Robert Langdon. Yes, they are my guilty pleasure, just as some may indulge in “chick-lit” occasionally, my little brain does need a rest from great works of…

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REVIEW: Sully (2016)

It felt appropriate that the first film I saw at the cinema after moving from the UK to the US was a real-life story of an all-American hero, starring the all-American film star, Tom Hanks. I recently read an article accusing Hanks of wasting his…

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REVIEW: Nine Lives (2016)

Kevin Spacey as a cat; what more do you want? I’m going to warn you now (spoiler alert), I liked this film. Despite every single member of the film community on Twitter telling me this was a bad film, I liked it. I like cats. I…

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REVIEW: Anthropoid (2016)

There is a memorial in my local park (Jephson’s Gardens, Leamington Spa) in the shape of a parachute, with seven Czech names on it. It commemorates the parachutists, who were based in Leamington during World War Two, who were flown to Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia with a…

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REVIEW: The Huntsman: Winter’s War (2016)

I was quite excited when early images and posters were released for this film – despite being called ‘The Huntsman’, the focus of the film certainly seemed to be on the three strong female leads – Charlize Theron returning as “main baddy” Ravenna, Emily Blunt…

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REVIEW: Pete’s Dragon (2016)

This is the first time I have reviewed a film that I saw at the cinema with my six year old son. Watching a film with him is very different – there’s a lot more popcorn and relentless questions involved. However, it does mean I…

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REVIEW: A Hologram For The King (2016)

I will nearly always be up for a new Tom Hanks film (unless it’s Cloud Atlas – shudder). I don’t even hate ‘The Da Vinci Code’ as much as most people, that’s how much I like Tom Hanks. I liked the trailer for ‘A Hologram for the…