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REVIEW: Host (2020)

Online pub quizzes make way for paranormal activity in this brilliantly refreshing, relentlessly unsettling new scare-fest that has every reason to go the way of a daily online team meeting, but doesn’t. That’s because director…

Hannah Arterton is standing against a plain white wall. She's wearing a green jacket and white t-shirt and she is looking at her hands, which are black from the top of her fingers to her wrists.
Film Reviews

REVIEW: Peripheral (2020)

Being a writer has often been associated with being a recreational user of drugs, alcohol and anything else that is typically considered as indulgent and a little more risque. That is certainly the truth for…

Drama

REVIEW: Summerland (2020)

Gentle World War Two dramas with a soupcon of romance are a niche genre, but a welcome balm in these troubled times. In recent years, we’ve had Their Finest (Lone Scherfig, 2016) and The Guernsey…

Comedy

REVIEW: Yes, God, Yes (2020)

The age of adult writers reflecting on their teenage years has now reached the naughts (or whatever we’re calling the 2000s), which means we’re going to be subjected to the fashion and music of that…

Rafe Spall is sat on a grassy hill with 4 giant white statues behind him that look like men. Underneath his right arm is a grey haired dog and to his left is a brown, canvas rucksack. Rafe has a bloody cut on his forehead and is looking off into the distance.
Comedy

REVIEW: One Way to Denmark (2020)

Herb (Rafe Spall) is having a rough go of it. From the very beginning of One Way to Denmark, you can feel the almost oppressive weight that threatens to suffocate him. Stuck in a declining…

Film Reviews

REVIEW: The Rental (2020)

Following a steady rise to fame since his big screen debut in 2007’s Superbad (people really don’t forget, Greg), Dave Franco has stepped behind the cameras and made his directorial debut. It’s hard to pin…

Crime

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…

Film Reviews

REVIEW: Ghosts of War (2020)

Ghosts, a spooky house, and a World War II setting should make for an interesting mix of genres. On the surface, the premise of Ghosts of War might impress, but the end result is an…

Comedy

REVIEW: Saint Frances (2020)

119 days after my last cinema trip, I was finally released from the cinema-free hellscape of 2020. With minimal new releases to show, Odeon have tentatively reopened their doors with a wide array of re-releases…

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TV REVIEW: The Umbrella Academy (Season 2)

Upon its debut, the Netflix adaptation of Umbrella Academy seemed almost lost in the shadow of bigger tentpole titles that the House of N had churned out. Like its core characters, the show was slightly rough around…

HBO MAX

TV REVIEW: I May Destroy You (Ep 1-6)

Michaela Coel Tells No Lies I May Destroy You is the latest handiwork from Michaela Coel (Chewing Gum), a masterpiece creation, written and executive-produced by Coel herself and co-directed with Sam Miller (Cardiac Arrest, This…

Fantasy

TV REVIEW: The Dead Lands

Not Just Another Zombie Story Indigenous people all over the world take pride in their storytelling abilities and unique cultural narratives that have been passed down through generations. The exact tales and myths vary from…

Sci-Fi

TV REVIEW: Blood Machines (2020)

Intriguingly labelled as a Space Opera, Blood Machines is a 3-part science fiction mini-series exclusive to the streaming service Shudder and features a spacecraft with a soul, lasers, nudity and a huge dose of 80’s…

Amazon Prime

TV REVIEW: Hunters (2020)

Amazon Prime exclusive Hunters uses the ‘what if?’ idea of a slightly alternative spin on real life historical events, alongside a heavy dose of conspiracy theory. Featuring a similar technique used by Quentin Tarantino in…

Hulu

TV REVIEW: Normal People (2020)

Full disclosure: I haven’t read the book (by Sally Rooney) that Normal People (now on iPlayer in the UK and Hulu in the US) is based on, so I’m not judging this an adaptation. Normal…

Comedy

TV REVIEW: After Life – Season 2 (2020)

Ricky Gervais, as an actor, director, producer, writer and stand-up comedian has done it all. From a career that limped through the 1990s but became a household name when BBC2s The Office become a hit…

Latest

TV REVIEW: Gangs of London (2020)

Audiences don’t necessarily cut their teeth on the work of Gareth Evans, but rather have them kicked in, to be swallowed like tic-tacs. With not one, but two of the greatest action movies ever made…

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