Fifty Shades Darker Review

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 23:14

Regardless of what the title might have you believe, Fifty Shades Darker is a far lighter affair than its po-faced predecessor, Sam Taylor-Johnson’s stylish but dull Fifty Shades of Grey. Taylor-Johnson has been replaced here by James Foley and while the visuals aren’t as slick, he doesn’t take the material as seriously and as such the film is more enjoyable, even if it’s almost completely devoid of any real drama.

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Fences Review

Monday, 13 February 2017 23:13

Denzel Washington is one of the most compelling and powerful actors cinema has, and Viola Davis is quite possibly the only actress who can match his raw power. Fences gives these two towering performers a perfect showcase for their talents as they reprise the roles they played to Tony-winning effect in the late August Wilson's play of the same name, which Washington himself adapts for the big screen.

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Toni Erdmann Review

Wednesday, 08 February 2017 23:22

Maren Ade's delightfully silly and often profound new film Toni Erdmann needs to be seen to be believed. While the prospect of a near-three-hour long German black comedy might be off putting to some, Toni Erdmann's oddball sense of humour is beguiling right from the off and its insightful depiction of an unusual father-daughter relationship compels throughout.

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Oscar Nominations 2017: Full List

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 23:24

Well, we all expected La La Land to rack up an impressive amount of Oscar nominations and it has done so this Tuesday, to record-equalling effect. Damien Chazelle's sparkling musical matched All About Eve and Titanic's 14 nominations, confirming beyond any reasonable doubt that it will take home the Best Picture prize on Oscar night.

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Oscar Nominations 2017: The Predictions

Monday, 23 January 2017 22:33

By the time the eventual ceremony rolls around, the Academy Awards are so predictable that much of the excitement around individual categories has waned. The nominations are a far more exciting prospect, with more surprises in store. Though a lot of categories look largely set in stone, there are a number of potential spoilers that could shake things up. Will Nocturnal Animals’ Aaron Taylor-Johnson continue a surprising awards season run? Can Deadpool follow-up some guild nominations with a shock screenplay nod, or even Best Picture? Is Hidden Figures’ whopping box office take enough to force it into Best Picture?

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T2 Trainspotting Review

Sunday, 22 January 2017 23:40

Back in 1996, Trainspotting opened with Ewan McGregor’s Renton running from security guards down Edinburgh’s Princes Street to the opening strains of Iggy Pop’s Lust for Life. It’s an iconic moment in a film that helped define an era, one of the quintessential films of the 90s. 

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Manchester by the Sea Review

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 23:29

With only three films in the space of sixteen years, writer/director Kenneth Lonergan is far from prolific. The respected playwright made a startling debut with intimate family drama You Can Count on Me before seeing his sophomore effort Margaret wind up in development hell, finally finding a release in 2011. His latest, Manchester by the Sea, will ensure that Lonergan won't have that kind of struggle again: the film is an awards season frontrunner and its devastating, almost operatic exploration of guilt and personal tragedy is masterfully crafted by Lonergan and his terrific cast.

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La La Land Review

Friday, 13 January 2017 23:45

The ‘magic of cinema’ is a loose term: an old cliché that’s hard to pin down, an intangible quality that’s either there or it isn’t. Whatever it is, Damien Chazelle’s stunning new film La La Land has it in spades. From its show-stopping opening number, this sumptuous modern musical encapsulates the magic of cinema and never looks back, paying homage to the classics of Vincente Minelli and Jacques Demy en route to becoming a contemporary classic in its own right. 

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