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REVIEW: Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)

Don’t be fooled by the animated element of the wacky titular character, or the PG rating. The family friendly tone of ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit?’ is highly contestable and labelling this film as a dark, fantastical, comedy is perhaps more befitting. In the style of…

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REVIEW: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

When it comes to sequels, I’m usually out. Trilogies, maybe if they’re based on a good series of books or graphic novels, you might keep my attention, but traditionally the second attempt at a second-rate idea misses the mark with me. On ‘Dawn Of The…

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REVIEW: Gone Girl (2014)

When my partner asked if we could go and watch ‘Gone Girl’ at the cinema, I thought we were off to see another rom-com. I was horribly wrong, and as a result, horribly underprepared for the suspense-filled, gripping events which were to unfold. There are…

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REVIEW: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

‘Birdman’ is a film which has received huge critical acclaim and cleaned up at many of the awards ceremonies leading up to the much anticipated Academy Awards. The film centers around Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton), a former Hollywood actor who is struggling to make a…

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REVIEW: The Wolf of Wall Street (2014)

What can I say, I do love a good biopic. And they don’t come much better than the incredible true story of the rise and fall of Jordan Belfort. Add to this my favourite actor, Leonardo DiCaprio, and possibly my favourite director, Martin Scorsese, and…

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REVIEW: American Sniper (2015)

‘American Sniper’ has enjoyed unrivalled success at the box office since its release at the end of 2014, becoming the most successful war film of all time, stealing the crown which belonged to ‘Saving Private Ryan’ for around 17 years. Nevertheless, director Clint Eastwood has…

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REVIEW: The Interview (2015)

Seth Rogen and James Franco have to be two of the weirdest, most ridiculous people in the whole world. Brought together by a love of drugs and the absurd, the pair have become almost synonymous with one another, making movies such as ‘This Is The…

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REVIEW: Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)

I really enjoyed the first ‘Horrible Bosses’ movie, I thought it was clever, entertaining and very original. With a new director at the helm, Sean Anders, and an all star cast, I was expecting big things of this sequel. Unfortunately, ‘Horrible Bosses 2’ fails to…

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REVIEW: Philomena (2013)

I struggled to really pin down the genre of ‘Philomena’, there are so many different emotions and themes which are conveyed by the film. Moments of deep sorrow are immediately followed by scenes which will make you laugh through the tears. In essence however, ‘Philomena’ is…

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REVIEW: Lawless (2012)

When I watch a film and see the message “based on true events”, my whole viewing experience thereafter is affected by the knowledge that I’m watching a ‘true story’. This varies depending on the genre, for instance, if I were to watch a horror film…

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REVIEW: Bad Teacher (2011)

There was once a time when the typical role for Cameron Diaz was to be the sexy love interest for your male protagonist, and she was pretty damn effective in that role. Think ‘There’s Something About Mary’. I bet you’re picturing Cameron Diaz with semen…

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REVIEW: Adventureland (2009)

From the director of the legendary ‘Superbad’ comes another odd little comedy-of-sorts, albeit a much more obscure and delicate film. Gregg Mottola takes us back to the 1980s, 1987 to be precise and economic crisis is in the air. The materialistic, patriarchal society of America…