In Review

In Review: Catch Me Daddy

by Daniel Goodwin 26 February 2015

2015 is an exciting time for British cinema, with works of great artistry from fascinating film-makers now emerging onto our screens at a rapid pace. The genre-bending Under The Skin (2013) was critically lauded and destined for cult status, while political thriller ’71 (2014) showed great promise in new director Yann Demange. Now we have Catch […]

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In Review: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

by Maryann O'Connor 26 February 2015

Dev Patel, Bill Nighy, Dames Maggie and Judi, Penelope Wilton and company return to delight us with a reprisal of ‘Oldsters move to India to Age Disgracefully’. This second time around we have a wedding and competition for another hotel to deal with as well as the ageing process. The film commences with Sonny Kapoor (Patel) […]

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In Review: Hinterland (2015)

by Tony Griffiths 25 February 2015

Awkward boy meets kooky girl: a permanently rocky fixture in cinema’s romantic repertoire. Not to suggest that there isn’t mileage in the dynamic, just that you’re going to have to work extra hard to avoid the increasingly distinctive whiff of cliché. Sadly, there is an aroma that Hinterland, the beautifully shot yet emotionally stunted debut feature from up-and-coming […]

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In Review: Predestination (2014)

by Maryann O'Connor 24 February 2015

There is a wealth of potential film material to be found in the world of short fiction; some of the most enduring films have sprung forth from the pages of a short story or novella. The basic story of Predestination comes from a Robert A. Heinlein short called  ‘All You Zombies’, a tale of a […]

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In Review: Still Alice

by Daniel Goodwin 23 February 2015

All film genres obviously have their great and lesser works, yet dramas about families managing illnesses can too easily be associated with insipid daytime TV offerings. Fortunately, Still Alice is not one of those films. This moving story about a woman’s struggle with early-onset Alzheimer’s and the repercussions on her family is an affective portrayal […]

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In Review: The Comedy of Terrors (1963) on Blu-ray

by Maryann O'Connor 19 February 2015

The Comedy of Terrors (1963) stars the king of sardonically delivered horror ham Vincent Price and his esteemed cohorts Peter Lorre, Basil Rathbone and Boris Karloff as hunter and the hunted; Waldo Trumbull (Price) is running a failing funeral directors and John Black (Rathbone) is the creditor about to repossess his assets. Price decides to kill […]

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In Review: The Wedding Ringer

by Daniel Goodwin 17 February 2015

As generic as most mainstream rom-coms appear, some manage to exceed expectations and rise above their novelty concepts. This is not the case with writer/director Jeremy Garelick’s The Wedding Ringer. Josh Gad is Doug Harris: a friendless tax attorney engaged to the controlling and vacuous Gretchen Palmer (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting).

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In Review: Jupiter Ascending

by Daniel Goodwin 9 February 2015

Considering mainstream cinema is bombarded with adaptations, remakes and sequels it is refreshing to see Hollywood investing in original concepts on a scale such as Jupiter Ascending. The latest film from the Wachowskis is loaded with vibrant innovation and spectacle but suffers from dreary characters and a floundering final third. Combined with garish pantomime facets, this […]

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In Review: Shaun the Sheep The Movie

by Maryann O'Connor 6 February 2015

Shaun the Sheep’s magnum opus is another shining example of Aardman’s commitment to fine claymation-based comedy cinema. Shaun has been the star of his own show for years now and many, many parents have given thanks for this rare gem of bitingly funny kids tv, even if that annoying Justin Fletcher fella does provide the […]

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In Review: Inherent Vice

by Maryann O'Connor 3 February 2015

Inherent Vice: a film proffered by a singular director, adapted from a book written by a singular novelist. Those anticipating the film knew that it would be interesting at the very least. The reality is a complicated one. It is California in 1970 and private investigator Doc Sportello (Joaquín Phoenix) chases his tail all over town in […]

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In Review: Kingsman: The Secret Service

by Daniel Goodwin 2 February 2015

In the 1960s and 70s, secret agents of the silver screen were elusive figures of supreme sophistication and wily debonair. After the success of the Bond series, facets of Fleming’s super-spy formed the basis of numerous film and TV franchises, contributing to a heightened public perception of what a government agent should be. The cool […]

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