In Review: Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2

by Ben Harris 19 November 2012

It’s over, it’s finally over! For some it may be a time of celebration but for others, especially the dedicated Twi-hards, it’s certainly a time of sorrow. After splitting Stephenie Meyer’s last novel into two, the global phenomenon comes to an end with an underwhelming bang.

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In Review: The Master

by Nigel Floyd 15 November 2012

Paul Thomas Anderson, a film-maker whose organic film-making style relies more on responding to what he sees in the ‘dailies’ during filming than to any pre-existing narrative structure, has no idea how to end his stories.

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In Review: The Giants (2011) on DVD

by Maryann O'Connor 15 November 2012

Anyone putting Belgian film The Giants into their DVD playing device will notice almost immediate similarities to other quality friendship and coming of age films, particularly Stand by Me. This is no bad thing.

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In Review: For a Good Time, Call…

by Ben Harris 14 November 2012

After a pathetic fallout over a urine spillage at college, it seemed that Katie (Ari Graynor) and Lauren (Lauren Miller) had said their last goodbye, never to meet again. However, after Lauren breaks up with her boyfriend, the girls’ mutual friend, Jesse (Justin Long), suggests they move in together.

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In Review: Indie Game: The Movie

by Joshua Searle 13 November 2012

Unfortunately, video games are not normally thought of as an art form in the same way that, say, films or music are. Mainly because most of us have very little understanding of how they are made. This appears to be the issue that Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky are addressing with their debut documentary, Indie […]

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In Review: The Oranges

by Andrew Kay 12 November 2012

The Oranges refers to the location of the film, West Orange, New Jersey; an unremarkable slice of suburbia where not a lot happens but which holds the often undelivered promise of a sedate and safe life. The film concerns the frictions of two not so neighbourly families who live in the kind of tree-lined street […]

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In Review: The Sapphires

by Maryann O'Connor 9 November 2012

If you’re going to make a film about the true story of an Aboriginal girl band touring war-torn Vietnam in 1968, you’d better make sure it’s got more than enough comedy to offset those extremely serious bits of warfare and prejudice.

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In Review: Aurora

by Michael Pattison 9 November 2012

The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005) was Romanian writer-director Cristi Puiu’s first of a proposed six films based on life in contemporary Bucharest. Aurora, made in 2010, is the second. The earlier film (co-written by Razvan Radulescu) is a talky, blackly comic work that begins from the basic premise of an elderly man taking ill, […]

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60th Anniversary: Casque d’Or

by Maryann O'Connor 6 November 2012

Jacques Becker’s Casque d’Or, the story of Golden Marie, was not well received by critics or the French public at the time of its release. Despite this lukewarm reception at home, the film did manage to gather great acclaim abroad and has since gained a reputation as a great and simple portrayal of ‘gangster’s moll’ […]

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In Review: The Curse of Frankenstein on Blu-ray

by Joshua Searle 5 November 2012

It’s hard to imagine now, but in 1957 The Human Centipede didn’t exist and there hadn’t been 7 Saws and 3 Hostels. In fact, the most gruesome thing cinema-punters had were Universal’s Dracula and Frankenstein cycles, films that were slowly closing in on their 30th anniversaries.

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In Review: Rust and Bone

by Maryann O'Connor 2 November 2012

Rust and Bone, or De rouille et d’os, may contain an amputee and marine life but it’s as far removed from Dolphin Tale (2011) as it could possibly be. Firstly, there is no Ashley Judd or Harry Connick Jr and secondly there is not an ounce of sentimentality to be found anywhere. Trust me, I […]

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