LION – FILM REVIEW

It doesn’t make as much noise as the rest of the awards films, but Lion is a staggeringly powerful and human story that deserves to be heard. This years big film contenders all come with existing expectations. You’ve watched the trailers, seen the posters, maybe even read the thought pieces about whether they’re a cinematic […]

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GOLD – FILM REVIEW

The film unfortunately wastes a golden opportunity to shine. The success of the “Wolf of Wall Street” appears to have spawned its own sub-genre; smug guys in suits moving large sums of money around. Gold reaches for the heights of Scorsese’s achievement, but falls short due to its fatal flaw. It isn’t very funny. Whereas […]

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T2: TRAINSPOTTING – FILM REVIEW

Choose getting it right. Choose a worthy successor to the original. Choose one of the finest ensemble casts in cinema. Choose T2: Trainspotting. In this day and age if any film is remotely successful, then studio executives with dollar bills flashing in their eyes will leap at the chance for a sequel/prequel/spin-off. Therefore the announcement […]

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HACKSAW RIDGE – FILM REVIEW

A well crafted, perhaps overly patriotic film finds a glimmer of hope among the brutality of war. Hacksaw Ridge tells us the story of Desmond Doss, a combat medic on the front line of battle during WWII, who refused to carry a weapon of any kind. The tale is quite remarkable, and unsurprisingly has been […]

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La La Land – Film Review

Leave your preconceptions at home for this dazzling piece of work. An unavoidable film, but equally unmissable. As I walked across town this morning (humming La La Land’s central track “City of Stars”) three buses in a row passed by emblazoned with La La Land posters, proclaiming it “The best film of the year!” A […]

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