Review: The Piano

Rarely can any actor have managed to convey so much with so seemingly little as does Holly Hunter in The Piano. Her character, Ada, has been mute since early childhood, and not once in this intense, almost melodramatic film does she utter a single word. Yet without ever overstating herself by a single twitch of […]

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Of Virgins and Suicides

“You’re not even old enough to know how bad life gets.” “Obviously Doctor, you’ve never been a thirteen year old girl.” So begins “The Virgin Suicides,” an ethereal mystery about a family of suicidal neighbourhood girls, and the boys who loved them. First time director Sofia Coppola captures the twilight of adolescence, somehow both endless […]

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Review: Pride

Anyone who has yet to see the new British comedy Pride should do so as a matter of urgency. In the fine tradition of The Full Monty and Billy Elliot, Pride takes a bleak aspect of recent history, the deindustrialisation of the 1980s, and injects it with not only a fresh pathos but also a […]

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Downton Abbey: Where are we now?

Downton Abbey has, since 2010, been praised for its costumed elegance and all-encompassing entertainment value, but also criticised for its leisurely pace, its futile storylines and its blasé approach to the details of history. For some, it is an emotionally gripping period romp, but for others it is nothing more than a soap opera dressed […]

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