The Sessions is a quiet triumph

Ben Lewin’s The Sessions is the most perfect film I’ve seen in months, quite a statement in the wake of Tom Hooper’s jaw-dropping adaptation of Les Misérables. Lewin’s film is based on the life of journalist and poet Mark O’Brien, a Californian who contracted polio aged just six years old. Far from being just another […]

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Life of Pi: A visual marvel

It’s a brave film that decides to start with a declaration that this story will make you believe in God. Admittedly, those words are directed to the in-built audience of Rafe Spall, listening to the adult Pi Patel telling his tale of floating across the Pacific, but his character is so nebulous as to require […]

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Here’s looking at 2, kid: why Casablanca 2 isn’t such a bad idea

According to many, the cinematic equivalent of treason has occurred recently in Hollywood.  Producer Cass Warner has recently come under fire for her efforts to create a sequel to the classic Casablanca film, with phrases such as “squandering the mystery” and “violating common sense” used by various reporters – with  online comments demonstrating even less […]

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Here Comes the Boom is bust of ideas

A loser, struggling in every aspect of his life, turns his fortunes around completely by taking up a little-known activity and achieving a moderate degree of success, as well as validation from those around him. It’s a pretty familiar story – from Dodgeball through to Nacho Libre and even School of Rock, we’ve seen this arc […]

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