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FILM REVIEW: Army of One

In the lead up to Christmas, we’re once again inundated with consumer marketplace tat that we don’t need and don’t want. There are the inevitable Christmas DFS ads that will be rammed down our throats every twenty minutes during Coronation Street, proclaiming that the SALE IS NOW ON! The actors involved will bellow at us

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FILM REVIEW: Arrival

Arrival is the next Science Fiction blockbuster on the block – or so I thought. Much in the same way that the trailer for Inception chose to focus on its more Hollywood elements: explosions, spectacle, conflict, so too the trailer for Arrival is something of a red-herring. Arrival is science fiction, but in the true

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FILM REVIEW: I, Daniel Blake

Welcome to Broken Britain 2016 We open on a black screen. What follows next is an increasingly frustrating phone call between Daniel Blake (played by comedian Dave Johns) and an apathetic-sounding healthcare worker, monotonously reeling off a generic tick-box list as to whether he can lift his arms above his head and other basic motor

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FILM REVIEW: The Girl On The Train

A slow and boring ride If you’ve ever been drunk on the commute (guilty) you’ll agree that time comes to a standstill and as soon as you find a seat to park your drunken ass, the warm fuzz from too many beers will turn into a tedious mix of trying to look sober, staying awake

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FILM REVIEW: The Forest

If you go down to the woods today… In the early 2000’s, Japanese horror was at its pinnacle – films like ‘Ju-On: The Curse,’ ‘The Eye,’ ‘Audition,’ ‘Dark Water’ and ‘Pulse,’ to name a few, were all carving their marks and unleashing a refreshing, eerie form of terror in the horror marketplace. Of course, the

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MOVIE REVIEW: Bone Tomahawk

‘Bone Tomahawk,’ is a bleak but elegant novelty – the kind of Spaghetti Western film layered in Sergio Leone roots, but lurking beneath the surface hides a grim ‘Cannibal Holocaust,’ undertone. It begins with two bandits (short but sublime performances from Sid Haig and David Arquette) slashing a human throat, the sound of blood gushing

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FILM REVIEW: Nightcrawler

The Anti-Hero & Re-Inventing Horror Horror is changing. It’s a natural progression. Generic conventions are stretched and adapted with each entry. Each new writer, director, actor, producer brings something distinctive to the table that challenges or appropriates different techniques and tropes, and so, the genre evolves over time. Sometimes a work, piece, book or film

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FILM REVIEW: The Shallows

The Shallows…lacks bite. Surfing alone on a paradisiacal beach that you don’t know the name of and no one knows you’re there. What could wrong? Well…with a plot seemingly written on tracing paper, ‘The Shallows,’ could be forgiven for being a shark fable, where the only task is: “Don’t get eaten!” Since Jaws first graced

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FILM REVIEW: 31

Something Wicked This Way Comes…but gets diverted through mediocre town.   Rob Zombie’s directorial efforts are a mixed bag; when ‘House of 1,000 corpses,’ splattered its way into movie theatres, people knew that he was able to smear blood and gratuitous violence across the screen like an overzealous and deranged squeegee worker, but after six

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