Review: Venus In Fur

  The name of Roman Polanski brings with it a sense of expectation and a hint of hesitation. There is perhaps an extra level of dubiousness when watching the work of a man mired in a past as dramatic as any of his cinematic depictions. His work of late (The Ghost Writer, Carnage) has been […]

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Review: Bad Neighbours

When The Desolation of Smaug was released, Mark Kermode went on air at the BBC to say it was the first time he ‘got’ Peter Jackson. He finally saw the appeal and thoroughly enjoyed the result. With Bad Neighbours I can attempt to say, after Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek and The Five-Year Engagement that I finally ‘get’ Nick Stoller. […]

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Review: Jamica Inn

Broody, violent, and romantic; the BBC’s newest period drama, a three-part adaption of Daphne du Maurier’s novel, is a turn away from the comedy and adventure normally offered by the family orientated channel. Jamaica Inn, a tale of smugglers on the Cornwall Coast, is a series that burns slowly but brightly. There are no complications […]

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Review: Locke

At times, Locke feels more like a play than a film. Its intimacy and intensity are propelled by Tom Hardy’s breathtaking performance at the titular protagonist, and the action, condensed to the cramped interior of his car, should be taking place in a theatre rather than a cinema. It’s a bold technical move by director […]

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Interview: Rob Jarvis

Just a quick warning, if you haven’t seen the latest episode of Endeavour look away now! With ITV’s atmospheric mystery-thriller continuing to impress week-after-week, we got chatting to English television and film actor Rob Jarvis (Luther, Doctor Who, Hustle, Jonathan Creek) about his recent appearance as Endeavour’s very own murderous ‘Strangler’, Roy Huggins. Burridges Department […]

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Review: Amazing Spiderman 2

The key to the success of the rebooted Spiderman franchise rests in the very clever brain of the casting director. The day the decision to cast Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone in the leading roles was made, the films were destined to a fate bigger than their predecessors. Toby Maguire and Kirsten Dunst were promptly […]

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Review: Divergent

Divergent, arguably one of the biggest young adult film releases of 2014, hit cinema screens last Friday with hordes of teenage girls storming cinemas all over the world. The mixed reviews from critics didn’t deter audiences as five times as many Divergent tickets were sold on Fandango in comparison to Twilight (the ultimate fangirl franchise), […]

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Review: The Double

An empty train carriage, clattering along an unknown rail line. Jesse Eisenberg’s Simon James stares vacantly out beyond the camera. The texture is a perfect blend of grubby Wes Anderson and Terry Gilliam’s Brazil. ‘You’re in my place’, an unseen mousy brown haired young man says – Simon looks around the carriage, the vacant seats. […]

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Review: Calvary

John Michael McDonagh is doing a nice job of differentiating himself from Martin, his eminent brother, writer and director of In Bruges and Seven Psycopaths. John Michael himself also has a previous success to fall back on, in the shape of 2011’s brilliant The Guard, which starred Brendan Gleeson as an awful Irish policeman dealing […]

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