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Review in Brief: Something in the Dirt (2022)

Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead’s follow-up to the weird THE ENDLESS and the (slightly) more mainstream SYNCHRONIC is another low-key, cerebral sci-fi, this time filmed mostly in Moorhead’s own LA apartment out of Lockdown necessity. Two new neighbours discover a … Continue reading

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Looking Back and Looking Forward: 2022

Cinema is back, but sadly not with a vengeance. The world is changed irrevocably and big screen film exhibition continues to struggle. While I try not to be too downbeat in my yearly roundup, I am worried about the future … Continue reading

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Review: The Favourite (2018)

Queen Anne is a British monarch often overlooked, dismissed, forgotten. I’m into my history and I would have struggled to tell you much about her reign before watching THE FAVOURITE. The film isn’t a history lesson, that’s not what writer-director … Continue reading

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Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

The more I mull over THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI, the more its place at the head of the Oscar race baffles me. Martin McDonagh’s first film since SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS boasts admirable performances and fiery dialogue but fundamentally frustrates you … Continue reading

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Review: The Handmaiden (2016)

THE HANDMAIDEN is unmistakably a Park Chan-wook film. A polished tale of control featuring sadistic torture and plot-reevaluating twists, this is far beyond the ordinary bodice-ripper. During the Japanese occupation of Korea, a thief (Kim Tae-ri) masquerades as a handmaiden … Continue reading

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Netflix Original Triple Bill: Ghosts, More Ghosts & Greetings Cards

Another day and still a load of original content produced for streaming on Netflix. As ever it’s a varied(ish) bunch and I’d sooner recommend some efforts than others. I AM THE PRETTY THING THAT LIVES IN THE HOUSE (2016) Yes, … Continue reading

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Review: Trainwreck (2015)

Forgive me for stating the obvious, but Amy Schumer is a formidable comedian. It’s a real backward-looking shame the marketing team for TRAINWRECK felt they had to both promote it as a Judd Apatow project (he directs, but was not … Continue reading

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Review: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)

First, a disclaimer: STAR WARS is one of my favourite things in this, or any, galaxy. It was my childhood playground and will always have a very special place reserved in my heart. Now arguably the most highly antipated film … Continue reading

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Review Embargoes: A Catch-22 for All Involved

To embargo or not to embargo? That is the question. Whether gagging journalists’ criticisms pre-release or simply not showing anyone your product before the big day, it’s a major concern for film studios and their flagship blockbuster products, not to … Continue reading

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Review: Autómata (2014)

AUTÓMATA is interesting, but could have been more so. It’s competently directed, with a good eye for detail, but you find yourself craving more originality and tighter plotting overall. In the face of disaster caused by environmental decay and warfare, … Continue reading

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