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Television Revision: Sherlock – Season 2

By Andrew Williams April 11, 2014 Television Revision is a weekly feature in which our tuned in TV critic trawls through the best the box has to offer, giving you a primer on some of history’s finest shows (and the rest). Now, this is a story all about how… Genius detective Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) […]

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Playtime – The Lego Movie review

By Simon Miraudo April 10, 2014 At the intersection of chaos and commerce lies The Lego Movie, a manic, subversive family film that somehow squeezed its way out of the studio sausage factory. Don’t call it a cash-grab. Heck, if cash-grabs were always this good, we’d all be broke. The credit probably belongs to writer-director […]

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Cool hand Elsa – Frozen review

By Simon Miraudo April 9, 2014 With a billion dollars in the bank, two Oscars on the shelf, and the ire of ridiculous, right-wing pundits who think it’s turning the children of the world gay, Frozen has pretty much pulled off the trifecta of cinematic accomplishments. There was no way to predict back in November […]

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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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Wounds with friends – Cheap Thrills review

By Simon Miraudo April 9, 2014 Black comedies should be as funny as they are grim, otherwise they’d call them ‘stone cold bummers’ or something. Well, E.L. Katz gets the ‘black’ part right in his Machiavellian Cheap Thrills, the former film journo’s first effort as a feature director. In it, a good man goes bad […]

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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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Turbulent times – Planes review

By Simon Miraudo February 1, 2014 The Cars franchise is Pixar’s cash cow; a kid-pleasing collection of movies tailor-made to sell merchandise (which, at this point, totals in the billions of dollars). The adults don’t much care for them, and unabashed lovers of the studio (including myself) turn a blind eye. “If the little ones […]

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Full service – The Grand Budapest Hotel review

By Simon Miraudo April 7, 2014 What a rare pleasure it is to watch a movie and slowly realise it will soon become one of your favourites. Wes Anderson joints always threaten to wedge their way into your heart for all time, and his latest, cuckoo caper comedy The Grand Budapest Hotel, wedges with gusto. […]

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Play It Again – Fargo

By Glenn Dunks April 2, 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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Felt again – Muppets Most Wanted review

By Simon Miraudo April 1, 2014 In 2011, Jim Henson’s long-retired felt friends The Muppets were welcomed back to the big screen warmly by kids and kids-at-heart alike. In 2014, The Muppets’ inevitable sequel is met with all the anticipation of a forgotten appointment: “Oh, was that today?” There are a few possible reasons Muppets […]

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Anatomically incorrect – Nurse review

By Richard Haridy April 1, 2014 Nurse is one of those modern, pre-fabricated cult movies like The Human Centipede or Sharknado, designed to be talked about amongst friends though never truly satisfying as a genuinely interesting piece of exploitation cinema. The picture (inspired by the photography of Tim Palen, production company Lionsgate’s chief marketing officer) […]

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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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Long is good – Nymphomaniac Vol. 2 review

By Simon Miraudo March 28, 2014 As I concluded my review of Nymphomaniac‘s first volume, I wondered if director Lars von Trier would surprise us with a happy ending in its follow-up. For him, that would truly be shocking. Turns out it was a misjudged prediction. I also said the following: “Lars von Trier may […]

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Float on – Noah review

By Simon Miraudo March 28, 2014 If anyone could rival the fire-and-brimstone-spewing judgement of the Old Testament’s God, it’d be the modern movie-watcher. Though they can’t incite a world-ending deluge, they can – and will – let their disappointment be known by flooding Twitter with their rulings, or, even more devastatingly, by staying away from […]

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Patriot games – Captain America: The Winter Soldier review

By Simon Miraudo March 26, 2014 We’re three films deep into Marvel’s Phase Two, which is the collective name they’re using for the standalone superhero efforts bridging billion-dollar team-up feature The Avengers and its upcoming, probably-googol-grossing sequel. First two entries Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World were really just marking time until Captain […]

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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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Hammer time – The Raid 2: Berandal review

By Simon Miraudo March 25, 2014 The world of cinema is full of many wonders, chief among them in 2014, writer-director Gareth Evans‘ unending well of inventive ways to kill people on screen. Berandal – the sequel to his murder-a-minute action spectacular The Raid – showcases perhaps the best martial artistry ever committed to celluloid, […]

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Television Revision: True Detective – Season 1

By Andrew Williams March 25, 2014 Television Revision is a weekly feature in which our tuned in TV critic trawls through the best the box has to offer, giving you a primer on some of history’s finest shows (and the rest). Now, this is a story all about how… Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Marty […]

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New sensation – Nymphomaniac Vol.1 review

By Simon Miraudo March 24, 2014 Overheard after the screening of Nymphomaniac Vol.1: “It certainly had a lot of… ideas.” No kidding. I can’t believe how some of those ‘ideas’ got past the censors. And did you see the size of that one dude’s ‘idea’? The first entry in Lars von Trier‘s two-part odyssey of […]

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The write stuff – Adult World review

By Glenn Dunks March 20, 2014 Finally, pornography peddling poets get a film all their own in Scott Coffey’s frisky comedy, Adult World. Amy (Emma Roberts) is a wannabe poet superstar, the kind who thinks she’s the next great artiste and who wouldn’t commit suicide by sticking her head in the oven because that would […]

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Guts and bolts – I, Frankenstein review

By Glenn Dunks March 20, 2014 In what can only be described as a mess from start to finish, Stuart Beattie‘s I, Frankenstein takes the famed Mary Shelley story and adapts it into an ugly catastrophe. Devoid of any appeal that isn’t concentrated around star Aaron Eckhart’s impeccably-sculpted muscles, this effects-laden lump of cinematic coal […]

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The travel bug – Magic Magic review

By Richard Haridy March 18, 2014 Magic Magic is a bold, subversive and conclusively sadistic piece of work that implants a knot into its audience’s stomach before kicking them out to the curb with a brutal ending that withholds any sense of conventional catharsis. Juno Temple stars as Alicia, a meek young girl who, travelling […]

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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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Punny games – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 review

By Simon Miraudo March 18, 2014 Man cannot survive on puns alone, but it seems kids will happily eat them up. The Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs franchise is one of the more unlikely success stories of recent years, coming from low-rent cartoon factory Sony Pictures Animation (home of Surf’s Up!) and earning some rare acclaim to […]

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Where the Hart is – Ride Along review

By Simon Miraudo March 17, 2014 Ride Along is everything you thought it would be and maybe even a little less. Hey, if you want to see Kevin Hart screeching like a mad-man and late-period Ice Cube gleefully giving shout-outs to his song titles through dialogue (as I often do), this is the place to […]

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Frostdance – Cuban Fury review

By Simon Miraudo March 17, 2014 Cuban Fury is, according to its opening credits, based on an “original idea” by star Nick Frost. The “original” part of that sentence might be stretching it a tad. It’s an amiable rom-com about unlucky-in-love British engineer Bruce and his attempts to woo new American boss, the way-out-of-his-league Julia. […]

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Mad men – Blue Caprice review

By Simon Miraudo March 17, 2014 There are certain acts of inhumanity impossible to fathom. Crimes of passion, we get. Acts of terrorism, no matter how heinous or misguided, are often executed for specific ideological reasons. We fear them, and yet, understand them. But how can one be expected to wrap their mind around the […]

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Television Revision: Sherlock – Season 1

By Andrew Williams March 14, 2014 Television Revision is a weekly feature in which our tuned in TV critic trawls through the best the box has to offer, giving you a primer on some of history’s finest shows (and the rest). Now, this is a story all about how… Returning army doctor John Watson (Martin […]

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Mini racers – Need for Speed review

By Simon Miraudo March 12, 2014 I don’t think a single actor in Need for Speed is taller than 5-foot-6, nor would any weigh more than 70 kilos. It’s an interesting change of pace to the Fast and Furious franchise. Instead of the sun-swept, Californian good looks of Paul Walker, we have the scrawny, scream-crier […]

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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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