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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Best of the Year: Top 20 Films of 2016

Wednesday, 04 January 2017 22:30

For a variety of reasons, 2016 will be remembered as a difficult year, whether it be the political issues that have divided nations or the deaths of many beloved icons in pop culture. The year in cinema however, was mostly like any other: a mixed bag of big budget disappointments, small scale surprises and everything in between.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Review

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 23:38

The first of many planned spin-offs set in the Star Wars universe, Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One has the freedom to explore different characters and a fresh aesthetic without having to further the saga of the Skywalker family. Unfortunately, it’s also a prequel, tasked with filling the gap between Episode III and Episode IV, so the outcome is set in stone from the beginning and Edwards – either of his own doing or due to the studio – fills the film with nostalgia, from small fan-pleasing nods to the ghoulish resurrection of major characters, at times with jarring results.

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Sully: Miracle on the Hudson Review

Monday, 12 December 2016 23:17

When US Airways flight 1549 struck a flock of geese and ultimately wound up in the Hudson river, there was only 208 seconds between take-off and landing. The landing was a forced water landing(don’t call it a crash) that resulted in all 155 people on board walking away unscathed, thanks to the heroism of the flight’s pilot, Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger. Considering how quickly this incident was over and how inevitable the eventual happy ending is, it possibly isn’t the best fuel for a feature length film. Despite that, Clint Eastwood’s tightly crafted drama Sully: Miracle on the Hudson manages to build a plot around this one brief incident, exploring the human aspect of this extraordinary moment of teamwork and heroism.

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The Edge of Seventeen Review

Thursday, 08 December 2016 23:35

Since John Hughes revolutionised the teen movie in the Eighties with a slew of classic high school-set comedies, the teen movie became a specific genre of its own that many have tried to master but failed miserably. Every few years, a film comes along and forces its way into the canon: Clueless, 10 Things I Hate About You, Mean Girls, Superbad, Easy A. Instantly joining this prestigious company is Kelly Fremon Craig’s edgy debut The Edge of Seventeen, a funny and angsty portrayal of teenage life that will be painfully familiar to anyone who’s ever been a teen.

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Paterson Review

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 23:54

Sometimes the minutiae of everyday life can be every bit as compelling as a tangled plot with hundreds of moving parts, and Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson  is a perfect example. This comfortable, cosy film invites you to sink into its quiet rhythms right from the off, focusing on a week in the life of Paterson (Adam Driver, excellent), a bus driver/poet in Paterson, New Jersey. Each day opens on a ceiling shot of Paterson peacefully waking up next to his beautiful wife Laura (Golshifteh Farahani). They have breakfast together before Paterson heads off to work and Laura stays home to work on one of her many creative pursuits: art, music, baking.

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