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Spotlight Review

Saturday, 06 February 2016 17:29

In the days before the endless recycling and repackaging of the same news stories on the internet, stories were broken through research and hard work, muck-raking and chasing down leads. Tom McCarthy's Spotlight is all about that shoe-leather journalism, following the daily grind of a group of real-life Boston Globe journalists as they uncovered widespread paedophilia in the Catholic church back in 2001.

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The Big Short Review

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 22:42

As anyone who stayed through the end credits of his excellent 2010 comedy The Other Guys will know, writer-director Adam McKay has more on his mind than arrogant anchormen, racist Nascar drivers, warring man-children and bumbling cops. That sequence explained Ponzi schemes with a wit and anger that McKay has applied to his latest film The Big Short, a frantic and hilarious unpacking of the financial crash of 2008.

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The Oscars are broken. There’s no escaping the fact that the Academy and their system for awarding the best the movie world has to offer is far from perfect. From all of the politicking, positioning and campaigning to the limited scope of the films in the race and of course the startling lack of diversity among the nominees, it’s clear that a lot could be done to fix this very flawed system.

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99 Homes DVD Review

Tuesday, 19 January 2016 23:16

When most people look at a house, they see a home, a place full of memories for the families who have lived there before and possibilities for those who might in the future. To Rick Carver, the sociopathic real estate agent at the centre of Ramin Bahrani's searing drama 99 Homes, that house is just a box, and one he can make a lot of money from.

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Room Review

Saturday, 16 January 2016 16:51

Room is the polysemic title of Lenny Abrahamson's devastating drama in which a mother and her young son are confined to a single room, day and night, and yet room is one of the many things they are denied. The story, adapted from her own novel by Emma Donoghue, is fictional but feels ripped from the headlines with so many similarly tragic and harrowing stories coming to light in recent years.

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Oscar Nominations 2016: The Snubs & Surprises

Thursday, 14 January 2016 23:49

It wouldn't be Oscar nominations day without a little shock horror at the beloved actors or films that missed out on a nomination, or the flimsy Oscar-bait that somehow stole their spot. As sure as Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs will screw up someone’s name (Alejandro G. who!?), movie fans will get upset over the Oscar nominations.

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Oscar Nominations 2016: Full List

Thursday, 14 January 2016 22:10

It's mid-January and that can mean only one thing in the movie calendar: Oscar nominations. This afternoon (or morning in the US), John Krasinski joined Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs to announce the nominees for the 88th Academy Awards, and butcher some names in the process. Dominating the field this year is Alejandro G. Innaritu's The Revenant with 12 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor for Leonardo Di Caprio who - internet memes would have you believe - is long overdue a win. 

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Creed Review

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 22:27

The Rocky series has had its ups and downs over the years, from the surprising Oscar success of the original film all the way back in 1976, through the cartoonish sequels to the belated Rocky Balboa, which restored some dignity to the franchise while putting a lid on it. That is until Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler came along with Creed, a sequel/spinoff/semi-remake that repackages the original Rocky and then some, bringing that beloved character back but giving us a new underdog to root for.

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