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The Jungle Book Review

Thursday, 28 April 2016 20:58

Hot on the heels of Maleficent and Cinderella, Disney have continued their plan to give all of their classic animations a shiny new live action reboot with Jon Favreau’s visually spectacular The Jungle Book.   Though in this instance, the line between live action and animation is blurred considering the entire film, other than young newcomer Neel Sethi as the film’s heroic man cub Mowgli, is rendered in photorealistic CGI.

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Eye in the Sky Review

Tuesday, 19 April 2016 21:41

Drone warfare is understandably a hot button topic. It is often depicted as a callous and impersonal act of killing carried out with video-game detachment by soldiers hundreds of miles away from the situation. Not so in Gavin Hood's tightly constructed new thriller Eye in the Sky which focuses entirely on the decision to greenlight a drone strike on a house full of terrorists in Nairobi.

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Batman v Superman Review

Thursday, 31 March 2016 22:11

Perhaps we’ve been spoiled by the consistently solid Marvel movies and Christopher Nolan’s transcendent Batman trilogy but Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman – the follow up to his 2013 Superman reboot Man of Steel - feels like the first superhero movie of this scale to be such a failure on so many levels. The film is so clumsily put together and the plot so nonsensical that it feels more like a kid trying to explain the half-remembered plot of a movie they saw earlier in the week than a screenplay pored over by numerous screenwriters, including the Oscar-winning Chris Terrio.

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10 Cloverfield Lane Review

Thursday, 24 March 2016 23:18

Dan Trachtenberg’s directorial debut 10 Cloverfield Lane began life as a psychological thriller called The Cellar before being repurposed by JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot production company and Whiplash writer/director Damien Chazelle as a ‘blood relative’ to Matt Reeves’ 2008 alien monster movie Cloverfield. It’s because of the tenuous links to Cloverfield that this promising film is ultimately only two thirds of a great movie.

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Anomalisa Review

Thursday, 17 March 2016 23:24

In his work as a screenwriter on the likes of Adaptation and Being John Malkovich and his directorial debut Synechdoche, New York, Charlie Kaufman has established himself as one of the most unique and extraordinary talents in film right now. His latest film, astonishing stop-motion animation Anomalisa, further enhances that reputation, telling the deceptively simple story of a middle-aged customer service guru and his existential crisis that is surprisingly - and horrifically - relatable.

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London Has Fallen Review

Sunday, 13 March 2016 15:34

After emerging victorious in 2013's battle of terrorist-attack-on-the-White House movies – beating out the bigger budget, star-driven White House Down – scrappy B-movie Olympus Has Fallen must've been deemed successful enough to warrant a sequel. So here we are, with London Has Fallen, a film that extrapolates on the modest charms of the first film to make a big Donald Trump of a movie: loud and crass with questionable views on race, but occasionally fun to watch.

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Hail, Caesar! Review

Monday, 07 March 2016 22:04

Hollywood satire Hail, Caesar! is a rare Coen brothers film that could almost be described as 'feel good'. As much as it deals with faith and politics to some degree – and no doubt you could take those threads and pull them pretty far, as with any Coens film – this is more style than it is substance, a brief and snappy comedy set in the studio era of Hollywood.

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High-Rise Review

Thursday, 03 March 2016 23:23

Based on J.G. Ballard's 1975 novel of the same name, Ben Wheatley's High-Rise is, naturally, a bleak, violent exploration of class and consumerism, shot through with a rich streak of jet-black humour. Even forty years on, Ballard's novel is as relevant as it ever was, especially as the divide between the rich and the poor is currently a hot button issue and consumerism seems to grow and grow every year.

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