Review: 22 Jump Street

I had serious doubts about this film from the second I sat down to watch it. From the outset it’s clear that this film is going to follow the same line that the first film did with very little variation, but stick with it because directors Lord and Miller will show you how good sequels […]

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Mad Men: An Ending out of this world

  The television counts down to blast-off, the audience sits riveted, clasping their drinks, their children, and their strange outdated perspectives as the world turns to watch mankind meet the moon. The mid-season finale of Mad Men’s seventh series brings death, puberty, old friends, separation, progression, and most importantly madness, as Weiner turns to his […]

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Review: Jimmy’s Hall

  Jimmy’s Hall is a film that comes with quite a bit of baggage. Ken Loach’s producer Rebecca O’Brien made a call back in August that this would be his last film, though Loach himself has since suggested there might be more in him yet. More recently, Loach used a press conference at the Cannes […]

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Review: Maleficent

  Maleficent is Disney’s latest attempt at a live action reboot, retelling the 1969 classic Sleeping Beauty. This adaption focuses on the story’s antagonist, Maleficent, portraying her as the misunderstood villain. We are first introduced to her as a beautiful and sweet little faerie, but Maleficent grows up to be betrayed by Stefan, the man […]

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Review: The Wind Rises

A nation united in reconstruction after a devastating natural disaster provides the backdrop to the true story of an aeronautical engineer blindly pursuing his dreams of flight as his fiancé battles a life threatening disease in “The Wind Rises,” the latest and reportedly final work of master animator and film-maker Hayao Miyazaki. This latest film […]

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Cannes Film Festival: Highs and lows

It’s been ten days of triumphs and upsets at the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival as world cinema’s auteurs, film stars and rising talents converged on the Croisette, eager for success and recognition. However, whilst it’ll certainly have been a busy fortnight for all involved by the time the festival draws to a close, a […]

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Review: Chef

The term “food porn” for Chef is a apt description, and not just because it has a VAST amount of, well, prolonged “food porn” for the audience to sink their teeth into. Indeed, they fixate on food being prepared like Sex and the City does on shopping montages, but a movie lacking meaty content to […]

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Grey’s Anatomy: Heartfelt in so many ways

In perfect Grey’s Anatomy style, thetenth season of the still highly popular American TV series based in Shuttle, begins with huge drama: Heather, Dr. Shepherd’s favourite intern, dies due to being electrocuted while looking for Dr. Webber. The latter is found unconscious on the floor and requires all of his colleagues’ efforts before coming back […]

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Review: 9 Month Stretch

  Director Albert Dupontel has created a monster. A half-crazed, laugh-inducing, moderately blood-stained monster of a movie that will possess you for a near hour and a half. Weird and completely wonderful, 9 Month Stretch is a film with no limits and no pause button. It’s total subtitled genius. After a drunken New Year’s Eve […]

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Review: Bright Days Ahead

  The third instalment of Phoenix Picturehouse’s series of French previews, in collaboration with Rendez-vous with French Film, Bright Days Ahead (Les Beaux Jours) is a coming-of-old-age tale, in which Caroline, a recently retired dentist (Fanny Ardant) finds romance with a man half her age. Discovering that her newly found freedom is in fact developing […]

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Interview: Albert Dupontel

Albert Dupontel, standing in front of an audience who have just watched his newest film, can be described as two things. Modest certainly, shaking his head at compliments given by the man introducing him. Also unassumingly funny, taking his jacket off mid-way through the talk with the unabashed confession ‘sorry, I’m sweating a lot’. It […]

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