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Film

February 28, 2016

★★★★   Directed by—Tim Miller In the latest installment of the X-Men mutant-centric branch of the Marvel Universe, Ryan Reynolds gets a chance to prove himself as the super-anti-hero—Deadpool. Deadpool, an action-comedy, tracks the journey of Wade Wilson—a fast talking mercenary who beats up stalkers for free drinks. Wilson’s dodgy cancer treatment results in the […]

February 21, 2016

  Paramount Cinema—Courtney Place   Although it is not exactly ‘hidden’, Paramount is possibly the best alternative cinema in the city. It screens most recently released major films, but also hosts a steady stream of films coming in off the festival circuit. If you do go and get a chance to look around, the walls […]

February 21, 2016

★★★★ Directed by John Crowley Based on the Colm Tóibín novel of the same name and with a screenplay crafted by Nick Hornby, Brooklyn is a lush drama of love set amidst the promise and bustle of 1950’s New York City. Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) is a young Irish woman who leaves behind her mother […]

February 21, 2016

★★★★½ Directed by J. J. Abrams Catching up on films that were released over the summer, I wanted to take a closer look at the phenomenon that is the 7th episode of the Star Wars legacy. Having seen it three times, and having placed my pre-order for the upcoming Lego video-game adaptation, it’s safe to […]

February 21, 2016

★★★★★ Directed by Tom McCarthy With a personal interest in journalism, I was immediately drawn to the poignant and well weighted trailer for Tom McCarthy’s film Spotlight. While there are many films whose trailers are a stream of click-bait, Spotlight does not fall into this pothole; and McCarthy’s full-length film is like its trailer—resolutely compelling […]

October 11, 2015

Imagine a “Best Movies of 2015” list, conceived before half of the best movies of the year have even hit the big screen. Yup, here it is! Mad Max: Fury Road In a year dominated by a resurgence in movie franchises, the Mad Max revival came out on top. It’s an atypical masterpiece: the eccentricities in characters, unremitting action sequences, and dystopian setting went […]

October 11, 2015

★★★★★ Since being nominated for an Oscar for his disturbing historical melodrama Incendies, Denis Villeneuve has become the go-to director for disconcerting, dark and complex films. Sicario builds on his psychological thrillers Prisoners and Enemy, but takes take the same level of unnerving stories and artfully mixes it into the American war on drugs. The […]

October 11, 2015

★★★★   Amy may initially seem unappealing. Another exposé of a star’s demise, another adventure into the dark, grimy tabloids. But this documentary of Amy Winehouse, directed by Asif Kapadia, is not so simple. Like Kapadia’s previous work, Senna, the film is interested in a talented, intriguing character, but seeks to recover the person who […]

October 11, 2015

★★★★½ This isn’t a review: I’m too emotionally involved. Here’s the thing about this film. I thought it was going to be a safe watch. I mean, Nancy Meyers, right? She wrote The Holiday, which I unashamedly pronounce my all-time favourite good-bad Christmas film. It started with a male voice-over, and that’s what I was […]

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