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REVIEW: Pixie (2020)

Once Upon a Time in the West…. of Ireland It wouldn’t come as any surprise to me if this is the first time you’re hearing of this film. Barnaby Thompson’s Pixie had a short and limited cinema release back in October last year and it’s…

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REVIEW: Brothers by Blood (2021)

Pairing Joel Kinnaman and Matthias Schoenaerts seems like a great idea on the page. But in Jérémie Guez’s cold and meandering mob drama Brothers by Blood, that, unfortunately, is not the case. The problem is not just because both Kinnaman and Schoenaerts give flat performances,…

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TV REVIEW: Ratched (2020)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) features one of cinemas all-time greatest villains, Nurse Mildred Ratched (Louise Fletcher). A shark-eyed, calculating and cruel individual who devours every scene as the viewer watches on, powerless to stop her. Her passive aggression condemns multiple patients, including…

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REVIEW: Ròm (2020)

Just the one number 41 holds 41-plus meanings to different people. It is niobium to chemists. Last symphony from Mozart to musicians. The total number of shots NYPD officers fired at Amadou Diallo. So on and so forth. In the case of Ròm, the feature…

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REVIEW: Ghost (2020)

The debut feature can be a frightening proving ground for new filmmakers. Filmmaker Anthony Z James, despite any limitations regarding gear or budget, forgoes this worry with Ghost standing as an impressive debut. Sporting a charming DIY approach, Ghost is an interpersonal day in the…

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REVIEW: Arkansas (2020)

There’s a line of thinking regarding pop culture today that says everything has been done before, that there are no original ideas left. In this school of thought, everything now is merely an interpretation or variation of what’s come before. There’s probably some truth to…

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REVIEW: Extraction (2020)

Intent on using their Marvel connections for the greater good, brothers Anthony and Joe Russo are using their post-Endgame gravitas to satisfy our mid-budget action desires. What started with the middling Chadwick Boseman-led 21 Bridges has moved onto the Chris Hemsworth led Netflix original Extraction,…

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REVIEW: Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2019)

‘People. People who need people. Are the luckiest people in the world.’ The profound song lyric uttered by many a leading lady, who’ve played Fanny Brice on a Broadway or West End stage. For many a writer, it’s this art form that allows us to…

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REVIEW: Polar (2019)

This 2019 neo-noir action film, based on the comic series of the same name, is directed by Jonas Åkerlund and stars Mads Mikkelsen, Vanessa Hudgens, Katheryn Winnick and Matt Lucas. As the world’s greatest assassins Duncan ‘The Black Kaiser’ Vizla prepares to retire, his boss…