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Soul food – The Lunchbox review

By Jess Lomas July 8, 2014 Sometimes the wrong train will get you to the right station, and sometimes the wrong lunchbox will lead you to the right person. Writer-director Ritesh Batra makes his feature debut with The Lunchbox, an impressive romantic drama in the vein of Ernst Lubitsch’s The Shop Around the Corner (or […]

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Dog on wheels – Belle and Sebastian review

By Jess Lomas July 2, 2014 In some ways, Belle & Sebastian feels like Lassie meets The Sound of Music; at other times, the absurdity of the plot conjures memories of Charlie the Wonder Dog (for fans of The Late Show’s ongoing sketch starring the late Bud Tingwell). It’s at once sweet and endearing before […]

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And a bottle of (non-alcoholic) rum – Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy review

By Jess Lomas June 25, 2014 The trend of taking a successful film and sabotaging it by churning out uninspiring sequels is perhaps best illustrated in the world of animation. Disney, Pixar, DreamWorks – they all love to repeat their winning formulas. By the sixth instalment of a franchise, expectations are understandably low, and yet […]

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Never be royals – Grace of Monaco review

By Jess Lomas June 4, 2014 “The idea of my life as a fairytale is itself a fairytale”, Grace Kelly is quoted as saying as Olivier Dahan’s Grace of Monaco begins, with a side note that what follows is a fictitious reimagining of fact, or, at least, some facts. Grace Kelly (Nicole Kidman), Hollywood starlet […]

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Range life – A Million Ways to Die in the West review

By Jess Lomas May 28, 2014 Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West may succeed more in its uneven sketches and pop culture nods than as a complete film, but for those who enjoy a splash of toilet humour and cheap gags, there’s much to like here. Set in the 1880s Old […]

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Play It Again – The Bourne Identity

By Jess Lomas May 28, 2014 Play It Again is a weekly feature in which our classic-film connoisseurs revisit a revered motion picture from the annals of movie history, to see if it holds up… or if it has aged terribly. And yes, it takes its name from a famously misquoted Casablanca line. Hey, whatever. It […]

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Play It Again – Batman Begins

By Jess Lomas May 21, 2014 Play It Again is a weekly feature in which our classic-film connoisseurs revisit a revered motion picture from the annals of movie history, to see if it holds up… or if it has aged terribly. And yes, it takes its name from a famously misquoted Casablanca line. Hey, whatever. It […]

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Mother’s day – 52 Tuesdays review

By Jess Lomas May 6, 2014 Billie (Tilda Cobham-Hervey) is sixteen when her mother James  (Del Herbert-Jane) begins undergoing gender transition to become a transgender man. Sent to live with her father Tom (Beau Travis Williams), Billie is only allowed to visit James every Tuesday after school for one year; a weekly appointment documented in […]

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Play It Again – To Sir, with Love

By Jess Lomas April 29, 2014 Play It Again is a weekly feature in which our classic-film connoisseurs revisit a revered motion picture from the annals of movie history, to see if it holds up… or if it has aged terribly. And yes, it takes its name from a famously misquoted Casablanca line. Hey, whatever. It […]

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Sympathy for ladies vengeance – The Other Woman review

By Jess Lomas April 9, 2014 Attempting to prove that friendship lurks in even the most unexpected places, Nick Cassavetes‘ The Other Woman fails to deliver a strong female comedy in the vein of Bridesmaids. Carly Whitten (Cameron Diaz), a New York City lawyer with a long list of exes and strict rules about dating, […]

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Divide and conquer – Divergent review

By Jess Lomas April 8, 2014 The world has crumbled following a world war, yet again, and this time the key to society’s salvation lies with one teenage girl, yet again. Based on the bestselling novel by Veronica Roth, Divergent will invariably draw comparisons to The Hunger Games for its dystopian narrative, roots in Young […]

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Rebel yell – Ginger and Rosa review

By Jess Lomas April 1, 2014 In Sally Potter’s Ginger and Rosa, two best friends learn forever may not be as long as they’d always thought it would be. Set in London while the Cuban Missile Crisis is in full swing, best friends Ginger (Elle Fanning) and Rosa (Alice Englert) yearn to escape their repressive […]

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Play It Again – Elizabeth

By Jess Lomas March 26, 2014 Play It Again is a weekly feature in which our classic-film connoisseurs revisit a revered motion picture from the annals of movie history, to see if it holds up… or if it has aged terribly. And yes, it takes its name from a famously misquoted Casablanca line. Hey, whatever. It […]

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Clays of our lives – The Missing Picture review

By Jess Lomas March 18, 2014 Documentaries chronicling war tend not to involve clay figurines and miniaturised recreations, yet, in The Missing Picture, director Rithy Panh’s memoir of his childhood under the thumb of the Khmer Rouge, archival footage and diorama-style visuals are impressively blended. When the Khmer Rouge forcibly removes the population of Phnom […]

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Jason Sudeikis to disguise himself for ‘Fletch Won’

Fletch to live again as Jason Sudeikis enters talks with Warner Bros to star in the remake Fletch Won, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It was another Saturday Night Live alumnus, Chevy Chase, who brought the investigative journalist to life on screen in the 1985 film Fletch and its sequel. Based on the novels by […]

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Michael Fassbender gets a big head in ‘Frank’ trailer

Move over animal masks, the latest hipster band accessory is a giant papier-mache head, according to the first trailer for Frank. Directed by Lenny Abrahamson (What Richard Did) from a screenplay by author Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare at Goats) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Frank stars Michael Fassbender as the title […]

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Play It Again – All the Real Girls

By Jess Lomas March 12, 2014 Play It Again is a weekly feature in which our classic-film connoisseurs revisit a revered motion picture from the annals of movie history, to see if it holds up… or if it has aged terribly. And yes, it takes its name from a famously misquoted Casablanca line. Hey, whatever. It […]

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Play It Again – An American in Paris

By Jess Lomas February 25, 2014 Play It Again is a weekly feature in which our classic-film connoisseurs revisit a revered motion picture from the annals of movie history, to see if it holds up… or if it has aged terribly. And yes, it takes its name from a famously misquoted Casablanca line. Hey, whatever. It […]

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Play It Again – West Side Story

By Jess Lomas February 13, 2014 Play It Again is a weekly feature in which our classic-film connoisseurs revisit a revered motion picture from the annals of movie history, to see if it holds up… or if it has aged terribly. And yes, it takes its name from a famously misquoted Casablanca line . Hey, […]

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Breaking lad – Are We Officially Dating review

By Jess Lomas February 11, 2014 A great romantic comedy lets us escape reality into a world where the men are attentive and charming or at the very least redeem themselves by the time the credits roll. Tom Gormican’s directorial debut, Are We Officially Dating? (titled That Awkward Moment in the States) aims to turn […]

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Half baked – Labor Day review

By Jess Lomas February 4, 2014 American Pie move over, there’s a new awkward pie scene benchmark in Jason Reitman’s unlikely love story Labor Day. Based on Joyce Maynard’s novel of the same name, Reitman’s screenplay feels like an unintentional tribute to a Nicholas Sparks weepy. Single mother Adele (Kate Winslet) has become a recluse […]

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Play It Again – Red Dawn

By Jess Lomas January 29, 2014 Play It Again is a weekly feature in which our classic-film connoisseurs revisit a revered motion picture from the annals of movie history, to see if it holds up… or if it has aged terribly. And yes, it takes its name from a famously misquoted Casablanca line. (Hey, whatever. […]

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Play It Again – Some Like It Hot

By Jess Lomas January 15, 2014 Play It Again is a weekly feature in which our classic-film connoisseurs revisit a revered motion picture from the annals of movie history, to see if it holds up… or if it has aged terribly. And yes, it takes its name from a famously misquoted Casablanca line. (Hey, whatever. […]

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Play It Again – United 93

By Jess Lomas December 18, 2013 Play It Again is a weekly feature in which our classic-film connoisseurs revisit a revered motion picture from the annals of movie history, to see if it holds up… or if it has aged terribly. And yes, it takes its name from a famously misquoted Casablanca line. (Hey, whatever. […]

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Play It Again – Lost in Translation

By Jess Lomas December 10, 2013 Play It Again is a weekly feature in which our classic-film connoisseurs revisit a revered motion picture from the annals of movie history, to see if it holds up… or if it has aged terribly. And yes, it takes its name from a famously misquoted Casablanca line. (Hey, whatever. […]

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Amanda Seyfried thinks ‘He’s F***ing Perfect’

Amanda Seyfried is set to flex her funny bone again in the comedy He’s F***ing Perfect, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film will be produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, the man behind Ferrell’s Step Brothers and Anchorman films. The screenplay was written by McKay’s former assistant Lauryn Kahn and was picked up […]

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Play It Again – Children of Men

By Jess Lomas December 5, 2013 Play It Again is a weekly feature in which our classic-film connoisseurs revisit a revered motion picture from the annals of movie history, to see if it holds up… or if it has aged terribly. And yes, it takes its name from a famously misquoted Casablanca line (hey, whatever; […]

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Nice package – Delivery Man review

By Jess Lomas December 4, 2013 Lightning doesn’t strike twice for director Ken Scott, whose American remake of his own French-Canadian film, Starbuck, delivers charm but few laugh-out-loud moments. David Wozniak (Vince Vaughn) is a forty-something screw-up in Delivery Man. He works as a delivery driver for his father’s delicatessen, is in debt to the […]

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Living in the past – Austenland review

By Jess Lomas November 27, 2013 It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen’s work remains an infinite well of inspiration for modern authors and filmmakers. The latest in this canon, Austenland, is sure to divide Janeites (Austen fans), but is ultimately a fun, if somewhat uneven, romp. Based on the novel by Shannon […]

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Play It Again – Love Actually

By Jess Lomas November 20, 2013 Play It Again is a weekly feature in which our classic-film connoisseurs revisit a revered motion picture from the annals of movie history, to see if it holds up… or if it has aged terribly. And yes, it takes its name from a famously misquoted Casablanca line (hey, whatever; […]

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