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Film

April 17, 2016

★★★ Directors: Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni   Kung Fu Panda 3’s tongue in cheek opening scene carries a tone that’s maintained throughout the film, especially when stereotypical narrative devices such as dramatic entrances and expository monologuing are brought to viewers’ attention and gently made fun of. Jonathan Aibel and Glen Berger, the seasoned […]

April 17, 2016

★★★★★ Director: Taika Waititi   It’s hard to imagine Taika Waititi delivering the next Thor instalment after his cinematic catalogue of New Zealand stories, from Boy to What We do in the Shadows. It’s a hell of a career leap to make. However, if he aspires to permanently shift into Hollywood blockbusters, then at least […]

April 10, 2016

★★ Director: Oliver Parker   Dad’s Army is a film adaptation of the popular 1970s BBC series of the same name, and a very limp one at that. The film entails the members of the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard Platoon (those too old/young/sick to be in active service) during WW2, and their efforts to “protect” the […]

April 10, 2016

★★ Director: Zack Snyder   Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Just by the title, you know what you’re getting in for with this film. Not only is it the story of the two title characters’ titanic clash, it’s also the springboard for the countless upcoming DC films—primarily the Justice League, which is partially set […]

April 10, 2016

★★★★ Director: Adam McKay   I laughed a lot for a movie about one of the most severe events of our lifetime. Director Adam McKay probably didn’t want to produce something gloomy and prescriptive. But, despite the light-hearted portions, the film has a serious message—and its late 2015 release is surely no coincidence with the […]

April 3, 2016

A man sits beside you on the bus. There are plenty of other seats, but he takes that one right next to you. This is annoying, but most of us have been there. He’s not breaking any laws, just unspoken social rules. But what if he smells bad? Or what if he’s shirtless? No laws […]

March 20, 2016

“All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl”—Jean-Luc Godard, 1991.   The Alliance Française French Film Festival has been running over the past couple of weeks, so we thought it would be worthwhile to run a review section on the beauty that is French film. Including a 2015/16 entry Marguerite, to […]

March 13, 2016

“I know you said dreams sequences are for f**s, but I think it could work, don’t you?” Although the above quote is offensive, Martin McDonagh’s film Seven Psychopaths provocatively points out that the presence of dream sequences in films has been played out. They stretch back to Dorothy discovering that, actually, she was still in […]

March 6, 2016

★★★★ Director—Alejandro G. Iñárritu   Based on the nonfiction novel of the same name, Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s adaptation is hard to pin down. Iñárritu brings together genres such as action, adventure, revenge, and history, creating a film that cohesively takes a slice out of almost everything. In doing so, it makes for an experience that […]