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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Old Hollywood: Sidney Poitier and the Civil Rights Era

by Linsey Satterthwaite 20 February 2015

Cinema has always been seen as a mirror to society, the changes, the fears, the angers and the themes of a nation are often represented and reflected on the big screen as a window to political and cultural shifts. Selma, a film based on the 1965 voting march led by Martin Luther King, recently landed in […]

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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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In Review: Bad Hair

by Maryann O'Connor 30 January 2015

Writer/Director Mariana Rondón presents us with a searingly honest but charming portrait of a mother and her 9 year old son struggling to understand eachother in amongst the difficult situations of bereavement, poverty and all-pervading icon worship in Venezuela.

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Old Hollywood: Sophia Loren, Sunflower and Sex Appeal

by Linsey Satterthwaite 30 January 2015

Many actors/actresses use the method, a form of intense training to delve into the feelings and the emotions of the character they are portraying and, if possible, drawing on personal memories to enhance the performance. One actress who almost transcended the notion of the method was Sophia Loren, such was the embodiment of the characters […]

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