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FILM REVIEW: Scribe

I stubbed out another cigarette in the congealed fat on the plate in front of me. Yesterday’s half-eaten Happy Meal stared up at me accusingly. I sat back in the creaky office chair and surveyed my dark tomb of an office: A cork board piecing this conspiracy together, currently empty but I’d get round to

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FILM REVIEW: Neruda

It’s 1948 and the Cold War has reached Chile. In congress, Senator Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco) accuses the government of betraying the Communist Party and is swiftly impeached by President González Videla (Alfredo Castro). Police Prefect Oscar Peluchonneau (Gael García Bernal) is assigned to arrest the poet. Neruda tries to flee the country with his

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FILM REVIEW: Baby Driver

Good things come to those who wait. And quite often, good ideas are made better by being left alone, so that they can evolve and expand and eventually bubble their way to the surface when the time is right. For proof of this look to Baby Driver; an idea that has been festering away in

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FILM REVIEW: The Graduate – 50th Anniversary

In the hands of anyone other than director Mike Nichols, The Graduate would have flopped. At first glance, its premise is relatively unremarkable – a college graduate escapes his feelings of boredom and alienation by having an affair with an older woman. It was Nichols (and producer Lawrence Turman, who purchased the book rights for

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FILM REVIEW: Transformers – The Last Knight

I am a 30 something year old man that shares a name with the lead character of the Transformers, Optimus Prime. Our lives started around the same time and have been deeply intertwined ever since. I was destined to fall in love with Transformers at birth. If there is one thing every fantasy movie or

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FILM REVIEW: Dying Laughing

I think everyone, at some point in his or her lives, has considered being a stand-up comedian. Perhaps not for long, maybe no more than five minutes at a stretch – but at some point or another, I would wager that you’ve sat in front of a mirror and told a joke to yourself. Or

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FILM REVIEW: The Red Turtle

The ‘man shipwrecked on a desert island’ scenario has been explored in manifold forms across film, TV and literature, and continues to fascinate human beings because it is a situation that we can easily picture ourselves in. Empathy for the stranded man is induced before we even learn his name, or find out anything about

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FILM REVIEW: After The Storm

We’ve all been there. At some point in our monotonous, dreary lives we’ve seen an advertisement somewhere for the lottery and asked ourselves, ‘what would I do with twelve million pounds?’ Would you spend that money on your family? Would you buy a jet and fly around the world? Admit it: at some point in

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FILM REVIEW: Mindhorn

Let’s start with the base. In a large bowl combine the plots of Galaxy Quest and the ‘Single Female Lawyer’ episode of Futurama. Then, add to this a concentrated mix of two parts Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace and one part The Mighty Boosh, and finally, stir in a couple of undiluted lashings of Alan Partridge and

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FILM REVIEW: I Am Not Your Negro

“Not everything that is faced can be changed…but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” Running through the veins of Raoul Peck’s documentary-essay is this vital and impassioned message, written by the American novelist James Baldwin in the pages of an unfinished manuscript entitled Remember This House, on which this film is based. The

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