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Truman (2015)

2 Jun

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Cesc Gay produces a likable film that never quite works well enough to be as great as it should have been in Truman. Starring the delicious and ever wonderful Argentine, Ricardo Darin, and supported by the equally capable Javier Cámara and Dolores Fonzi; Truman had all the makings of a touching end-of-life film that seem to be so effortless for European cinema makers. Continue reading

T2 Trainspotting Soundtrack (2017)

27 Apr

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It’s been a little over two decades since Danny Boyle achieved the impossible and created the closest thing to a perfect adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s debut novel Trainspotting. The film’s success hinged not only on Boyle’s uncanny knack for capturing Welsh’s artistic voice, but also on the music that became iconic and synonymous with the tale. Continue reading

La belle saison (2015)

18 Apr

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La belle saison may look like a balmy summer day dream, but it’s a harmful cliché wrapped in soft focus and sepia tones. Continue reading

National Bird: Drone Wars (2016)

12 Feb
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With the increasing prevalence of drones in our daily lives it was inevitable that film-makers would seek to examine the dark side of what has become the symbol of 21st century warfare. Told through the stories of three U.S military veterans National Bird exposes the emotional and physical toll of the drone program on both operators and their targets alike.

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A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014)

30 Oct

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Roy Andersson brings us the third part in his trilogy about being human; if A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence is even close to the human condition then God help us all.  Continue reading

Backtrack (2015)

13 Oct

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I wish I could backtrack the 90 minutes of my life wasted watching this movie. Continue reading

Cute High Earth Defense Club Love! (2015)

10 Oct

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Five unhappy high school students are brought together by an alien who looks like a pink wombat to defend the earth from a trio of evil popular kids who are trying to conquer the planet for a small green hamster-like alien. Continue reading

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

6 Oct

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Based on Barry Crump’s enduring Wild Pork and Watercress, with a stellar cast and Taika Waititi’s undeniable directorial talent Hunt for the Wilderpeople is an easy win.  Continue reading

North Sea Hijack (1980)

6 Oct

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When a mad man takes over a major oil refinery and threatens to blow it up unless the British Government pays a ransom, there’s only one man who can save the day… Continue reading

The Bélier Family (2014)

25 Sep

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The much touted French family feelgood brings some high notes but falls a little flat for adult viewers. Continue reading