Mud: Jeff Nichols goes back to his roots

In his third directorial outing, Jeff Nichols takes things back to the Arkansas of his childhood and his directorial début, Shotgun Stories.  The nostalgia dial that they have in Hollywood production suites – the one that makes everything dappled and golden and just a little shaky – is set to eleven as the fourteen year-old […]

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A Bad Day to Die Hard

Going by the trailers that have been released for the latest movie in the Die Hard franchise, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the film is simply a long series of explosions, car crashes and machine gun fire occasionally interrupted by predictable one-liners. You’d be forgiven because that’s exactly what it is. A Good Day […]

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Zombie Angst: ‘Warm Bodies’ Review

Warm Bodies is a strange film. It was billed as a ‘romzomcom’, and its various taglines suggested it would predominantly be a comedy in the vein of Zombieland. This was misleading –there is a comedy element, but it’s ultimately a generic teenage romance in a post apocalyptic setting. The comedic moments, from the relatively subtle […]

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Larger Than Life: ‘Hitchcock’ Review

The films of British ‘master of suspense’ Alfred Hitchcock are experiencing a revival of popularity, including the screening of a full retrospective at the BFI last year. Hitchcock has also been subject to biographical attentions, first in BBC/HBO collaboration The Girl (directed by Julian Jarrold and starring Toby Jones as Hitchcock), and now in Sacha […]

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Sinister Review

It’s rare that the conclusion of a film is completely encapsulated in its theatrical poster, and perhaps even rarer so for horror films, in which the suspense is most of the fun. Not so for Scott Derrickson’s new movie, Sinister, however. The same goes for the trailer: viewing this will pretty much reduce watching Sinister […]

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