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Paper Towns Review

Sunday, 23 August 2015 14:17

Paper Towns is the latest film adapted from the novels of author John Green, whose teens-with-terminal-cancer romance The Fault in Our Stars provided the source for last summer’s critical and commercial hit of the same name. Directed by Robot & Frank helmer Jake Schreier, Paper Towns gently hits on a variety of familiar coming of age themes – unrequited love, impending adulthood, the end of an era feel of leaving school – but also explores the notion of treating someone as more of an idea than an actual person.

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The Man From U.N.C.L.E Review

Monday, 17 August 2015 21:53

Popular 60's TV show The Man from U.N.C.L.E gets a big screen reboot courtesy of director Guy Ritchie and aimed at an audience who aren't going to remember the show, let alone the Cold War that provides the backdrop for this fluffy spy caper. This occasionally fun but curiously dull spy pastiche seems stuck somewhere in between the stylised action of this year's Kingsmen and the suave quippery of old-school Bond, but neither the set-pieces nor the gags register enough to keep this film entertaining throughout.

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The Gift Review

Sunday, 16 August 2015 18:23

The Gift – the directorial debut actor Joel Edgerton – is a psychological thriller that’s genuinely surprising without ever pulling the rug out from under the audience; its bigger shocks are built on a foundation of smaller reveals and effective character building, drip-fed through the first two acts, leading to a gut-punch of a final third.

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Michael Dowd, subject of Tiller Russell’s thrilling new documentary Precinct Seven Five, is widely considered one of the most corrupt officers in the history of the NYPD. In the late 80’s and early 90’s he and his partner Kenny Eurell were involved in some serious corruption, protecting drug lords and dealing cocaine to supplement their NYPD income.

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Fantastic Four Review

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 21:55

Fantastic Four is clearly a conflicted movie. That much is clear from the cloud of bad publicity surrounding both the studio – Fox - and the film's director Josh Trank leading up to release, and it's just as clear from the unfortunate mess that plays out on screen. Rumours of Trank's erratic behaviour on set leading to the studio locking him out of the editing suite and ordering late reshoots may or may not be true but the final film is clearly not the product of a seamless filmmaking process.

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Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation Review

Sunday, 09 August 2015 15:43

Unlike most franchises – Fast & Furious aside – the Mission: Impossible series has survived a wobbly sophomore effort to go from strength to strength, with Christopher McQuarrie's Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, the fifth and latest entry, proving to be the best one yet, a thrilling race from one massive set-piece to another, all set in the most cinematic of locations.

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EIFF 2015: Scottish Mussel Review

Friday, 17 July 2015 00:00

It's always a welcome change to see a film set in Scotland that isn't routine British miserablism centred around gangs and/or drugs but, much like 2013's Not Another Happy Ending, Scottish Mussel has a stab at setting a romcom up here and sadly falls short on just about every level.

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EIFF 2015: The D Train Review

Friday, 17 July 2015 00:00

Jack Black delivers one of his best performances to date in The D Train, a surprisingly insightful and often hilarious comedy from first time directors Andrew Mogel and Jarred Paul.

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