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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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Leaky boat – The Fifth Estate review

By Jess Lomas November 12, 2013 In The Fifth Estate, director Bill Condon sets out to answer the question, “Can you make a thrilling film about a website?” The answer is, after viewing, ‘No,’ even when the website in question is Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks, which captured the world’s attention as it persistently released classified documents […]

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Play It Again – Gambit

By Jess Lomas November 6, 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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Trailer Debut: Labor Day

Josh Brolin has another idea what you can use leftover peaches for in the first trailer for Labor Day. Written and directed by Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air), Brolin stars as Frank, an escaped convict, serving 18 years for murder, who latches onto teenager Henry (Gattlin Griffith) and his mother Adele (Kate Winslet) […]

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Marry me – Fly Me to the Moon review

By Jess Lomas October 29, 2013 The French do several things consistently better than others, namely bread and romantic comedies. Director Pascal Chaumeil’s Fly Me to the Moon may pale in comparison to his previous film, Heartbreaker, however, it still delivers that warm, feel-good sensation and plenty of laughs. Opening on a Christmas dinner party, […]

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Servant of eight masters – The Butler review

By Jess Lomas October 29, 2013 Director Lee Daniels has a slender work portfolio to date, but has wowed audiences with Precious and divided critics with The Paperboy. In his latest, The Butler, Daniels appears to replace meaningful historical reflection for star power, creating a paint-by-numbers depiction of the civil rights movement in America. Cecil […]

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Play It Again: Evil Dead 3 – Army of Darkness

By Jess Lomas October 23, 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, […]

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Stuck in a puzzle – Prisoners review

By Jess Lomas October 16, 2013 Many might think Liam Neeson has the kidnapped-daughter market covered with his Taken franchise, but Hugh Jackman gives him a run for his money in director Denis Villeneuve’s dark and twisted thriller Prisoners. Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman), his wife Grace (Maria Bello), their son Ralph, and daughter Anna walk […]

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Charlie Hunnam pulls out of 50 Shades of Grey

The role of male chauvinist of the century, Christian Grey, is once again up for grabs as Charlie Hunnam departs the film version of Fifty Shades of Grey. The Sons of Anarchy star claimed the highly sought-after role back in September but a newly released statement by the studio claims “The filmmakers of FIFTY SHADES […]

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Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly to reunite on Devil’s Night

Comedy superstars Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are teaming up again in new Sony comedy Devil’s Night, according to The Wrap. The pair has already worked together on Step Brothers and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, and fans are eager to see more from the duo, with Step Brothers grossing $120 million […]

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