Skyfall review

Focus shifts for James Bond have never been uncommon – Casino Royale’s gritty realism looked very different to the straight up action of his predecessor, and neither had very much in common with Sean Connery’s suave and wisecracking spy. However, whilst the new Skyfall is set firmly in the present, it marks a welcome move […]

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A brief history of James Bond

Twenty three films. Seven actors. Twenty nine vanquished villains. And only one 007. To call the James Bond franchise a series would be a vast undersell; over the last 50 years, the Bond saga has come to encompass everything that is quintessentially British in a way that no other set of films has ever quite […]

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Rust and Bone review

Rust and Bone, marks the return of Parisian filmmaker Jacques Audiard. Much like his 2009 success A Prophet, this picture pushes viewers to the unpleasant extremes of reality whilst remaining rooted in the mundane. Freely adapted from the short stories of Canadian author Craig Davidson, Rust And Bone confronts the audience with the adage: what […]

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Ben Affleck: a man on the up

Once upon a time there were two brothers. Ben, the older by two years, had always looked out for little Matt as they grew up together in Massachusetts. Together they dreamed they would do great things. Both were much loved for their acting and had great early success with their film Good Will Hunting. They […]

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Does the UK need SNL?

Since it came onto the air in 1975, Saturday Night Live has been a breeding ground for some of the best comic talent in the US, and has provided a steady supply of actors, writers and directors to Hollywood and to network TV. Hotel Transylvania, which was released last week, saw alumnus Adam Sandler in […]

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A Brilliant Beast

Despite appearances, Beasts of the Southern Wild is not a film about a child. Young director Benh Zeitlin, making his debut feature, has managed the almost impossible. Rather than leaving the viewer outside of story he has created an atmosphere both unique and completely immersive. Beasts is a way into the world of a child, […]

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