In Review: Gone Girl

by Daniel Goodwin 30 September 2014

It is easy to imagine Gone Girl being something of a pot-boiler without David Fincher; there are so many of the director’s inherent characteristics that enrich and empower the content, wringing metaphors from the text and performances. Without his prowess, or in the hands of a lesser visionary, an adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestselling novel […]

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In Review: The Equalizer

by Daniel Goodwin 26 September 2014

Director Antoine Fuqua’s remake of the 80s Edward Woodward series is, on the surface, a glossy, revenge thriller with gritty, urban staples but the overall effect is Expendables-like: randomly interjected clichés siphon the drama with banal action silage.

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East Finchley Phoenix Cinema commemorates WWI centenary and work of Richard Attenborough

by Maryann O'Connor 25 September 2014

East Finchley’s Phoenix Cinema quite rightly chose to mark the centenary of WWI, the passing of Richard Attenborough and the open house weekend to showcase its beautiful 1910 building (at its opening the cinema was known as The Picturedrome) and a screening of the 1969 tour de force, Oh! What a Lovely War, a film […]

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In Review: Maps to the Stars

by Daniel Goodwin 24 September 2014

After blowing our minds with body horror classics in the 80s and 90s, David Cronenberg quietly crept into more cerebral territory; focusing less on the outwardly graphic visuals and conjuring more subtle and creeping fables, equally provocative as they are compelling. Maps to the Stars follows a handful of fictitious celebrities and their servants living in […]

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In Review: 20,000 Days on Earth

by Daniel Goodwin 19 September 2014

Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s documentary about angst-ridden rock poet Nick Cave dismantles his foreboding but debonair persona and digs for humanity with extraordinary results. Drifting between ersatz psychotherapy sessions between Cave and a shrink journalist, the film probes the icon by dusting off old film footage and photos, examining his creative process and linking […]

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In Review: Magic in the Moonlight

by Daniel Goodwin 18 September 2014

Though his work may fluctuate in quality you can’t knock Woody Allen for inconsistency (a film a year for the past 40 is pretty good going) and while Magic in the Moonlight features traits strongly associated with his later work: sun-kissed, foreign locations, sumptuous cinematography as well as another strong, multi-layered female protagonist, it remains […]

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In Review: Vamps on DVD

by Maryann O'Connor 17 September 2014

Amy Heckerling has good form as far as droll humour goes (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, 1982, Look Who’s Talking, 1989, Clueless, 1995) which just might be the main draw to watching Vamps, an examination of the understandably tricky vampire dating scene/life in New York. The cast of Sigourney Weaver, Alicia Silverstone, Krysten Ritter and […]

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In Review: Transformers Age of Extinction

by Caitlin Conway 16 September 2014

Any major film franchise has to be pretty successful to get to a fourth outing, especially when less than profitable returns for sequels are a big problem. Transformers: Age of Extinction is the 2014 instalment for the live-action Transformers series and it is the sequel to Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

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In Review: A Most Wanted Man

by Daniel Goodwin 11 September 2014

The bleak world of John le Carré’s fiction appears fitting for director Anton Corbijn considering the haunting hues of his Joy Division biopic Control (2007) and taut thriller The American (2010). Here Corbijn presents a ghostly Hamburg with dirty neon-soaked bars, cobbled streets and cupboard sized backrooms where spies conspire, a most promising premise. It […]

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In Review: The Boxtrolls

by Daniel Goodwin 10 September 2014

In the last five years Laika have proved themselves to be the black sheep of dark animation with family horrors Coraline (2009) and Paranorman (2012). Their latest is an equally twisted but cutesy, Victorian fable based on the novel Here Be Monsters! by Alan Snow. The story follows a young boy called Eggs (Isaac Hempstead Wright) who […]

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In Review: They Came Together

by Mairéad Roche 4 September 2014

They Came Together, pun very much intended, is a warm-hearted pastiche of Nora Ephron’s New York based romantic comedies such as When Harry Met Sally (1989) and the less-good-but-still-has-a-fanbase bookstore war, You’ve Got Mail (1998). Except that Amy Poehler now has the dubious pleasure of playing the Meg Ryan role.  Joel (Paul Rudd) is the newly single […]

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