In Review: The Goob

by Daniel Goodwin on 29/05/2015

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Writer and Director Guy Myhill’s feature debut is a pensive tale of adolescent wonder and angst in rural Norfolk. At the centre of his tale is the Goob (Liam Walpole): a juvenile oddball and black sheep of the settlement who wanders through a land of scrap yards, pumpkin fields and dirt tracks while friends and family cavort during times of hardship and conflict. [click to continue…]

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In Review: Tomorrowland: A World Beyond

by Daniel Goodwin 25 May 2015

Disney continue its run of nostalgic live action productions following Kenneth Branagh’s antiquated Cinderella (2015) and 90s style baseball romp Million Dollar Arm (2014) with Tomorrowland: A World Beyond: a wistful, family sci-fi that evokes the likes of Escape To Witch Mountain (1975) and The Cat From Outer Space (1978) alongside 80s Amblin and sci-fi […]

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In Review: Foxcatcher on DVD

by Maryann O'Connor 19 May 2015

Away from the hype of the award nominations and away from the strangeness of Steve Carell’s prosthetic facial features, the question is this: will the passing of time be kind to Foxcatcher? Upon viewing the film on the small screen, the answer would seem to be no. Wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) entertains the creepy […]

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In Review: Mad Max: Fury Road

by Daniel Goodwin 17 May 2015

After thirty years of dormancy, production delays and cast altercations, Mad Max finally returns to our screens with original Writer-Director George Miller and Tom Hardy replacing Mel Gibson as leather-clad loner Max Rockatansky. Miller’s third sequel is an irrepressible whirlwind of action, energy and weaponised excitement.

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In Review: Spooks: The Greater Good

by Daniel Goodwin 10 May 2015

In our post-Tinker Taylor age with new Mission Impossible, Bond and revived Bourne vehicles on the horizon, the British spy series Spooks makes its cinematic debut as forerunner to the big guns. The plot unfurls with familiar genre trends, opening in London with a 007 style pre-credits sequence as a biker gang attempt to free a […]

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In Review: Big Game (2014)

by Daniel Goodwin 7 May 2015

Finnish director Jalmari Helander delivers his first English language film, Big Game: an unintentionally zany mélange of fantastical action and family drama. After his intriguing punk-festive debut Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010) Helander stumbles with this barnstorming follow up, which strives to be mainstream but loses sight of its promising concept.

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In Review: Rigor Mortis (Geung Si) (2013)

by Maryann O'Connor 30 April 2015

Rigor Mortis, a horror homage set in a sort of apocalyptic urban wasteland, puzzles laboriously, wrong-foots and confounds but still somehow manages to charm. Fallen from grace star (Siu-Ho Chin) moves into a desolate Hong Kong apartment block having split from his wife and son; he is in a fragile state of mind but soon realises […]

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Free Film Festivals: Coming to a town near you?

by Maryann O'Connor 24 April 2015

From the small acorn of the South East London Film Club in East Dulwich has sprouted a movement of free cinema for all. The Free Film Festivals are currently seven in number, six in London and one in Somerset. The New Cross and Deptford Free Film Festival kicks off today (24 April – 03 May) […]

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Press Conference: Avengers: Age of Ultron

by Daniel Goodwin 24 April 2015

After three years of mounting anticipation and a trio of solo film outings, the Avengers have finally reassembled, this time to battle a psychotic AI and its mad, mechanical fighting force. As the world’s mightiest superheroes learn more about each other and lives come under threat from maniacal androids, their feelings threaten to change and […]

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In Review: The Falling

by Chris Milton 23 April 2015

The Falling is the story of an outbreak of fainting and falling at a girl’s school in the late 1960s. It begins by sketching the friendship of the beautiful and charismatic Abbie (Florence Pugh) and the clever, intense, but possibly disturbed Lydia (Maisie Williams), who lives with her agoraphobic, home-hairdresser Mother, played by Maxine Peake […]

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In Review: The Offence (1972) on DVD

by Daniel Goodwin 21 April 2015

Sidney Lumet’s The Offence (1972) finally gets a release from Eureka this month as part of their Masters Of Cinema series. This bleak, Berkshire set thriller, based on the 1968 play The Story Of Yours by John Hopkins, boasts a terrifying lead performance from Sean Connery as a tormented police detective hunting down a child […]

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