Reviews

The Edge of Seventeen (2016)

For the first time in maybe forever, The Edge of Seventeen is a teen comedy that sidesteps cliches. I’ve always had a soft spot for coming-of-age stories and I’m thrilled to say that I very much enjoyed this film. It’s a brilliant little movie that feels like the defining teen flick of this generation. Hailee […]

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Eastern Promises (2007)

David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises takes on the Russian mafia in a rainy, murky London. We go along with Russian mobsters, Nikolai (Viggo Mortensen) and Krill (Vincent Cassel), as well as the good-natured nurse Anna (Naomi Watts) within the brutal criminal underworld. What makes this film cut above your average crime story is how the lives of a […]

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Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead (2014)

A fate worse than death: becoming a zombie – as seen in hundreds of movies about zombie invasions. Some are great and some are rubbish, but we can’t get enough of them, can we? Wyrmwood is another entry in the flesh-eating canon. I wasn’t expecting much from this micro-budget “B” movie, but it was one of the […]

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IT COMES AT NIGHT (2017)

When you watch the trailer for It Comes At Night and read the tag line (“Fear turns men into monsters”), you’ll assume the film will be a straight horror, but actually, what you get is a low-key mystery about a family forced to take shelter after a virus has wiped out civilisation. Set in a […]

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Detroit (2017): A Bold, Gruelling Piece of Cinema

Katherine Bigalow’s latest is Detroit – a madly unnerving film, which takes place during the American race riots in the summer of 1967. Police brutality, looting and civil unrest are presented in the most shocking way possible, and there’s nothing distancing about it. In the heat of the riots, a group of cops raid a low-rent motel […]

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Hounds of Love (2017): Blood-Chilling True Crime Horror

Messed up but made in an artful way, Hounds of Love is easily the most frightening and disturbing horror film you’ll see in 2017. It’s extremely intense and unpleasant, but the good news is: viewers who make it to the end will be rewarded. I’m someone who’s watched a lot of horror and thriller-type movies; from The Evil […]

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Lights Out (2016): An Old-School ‘Bump in the Night’ Movie

The plot in Lights Out hinges on a simple concept – a demon you can only see in the dark. Rebecca (Teresa Palmer) and her little brother Martin (Gabriel Bateman) are being stalked by this entity, which has a strange connection to their manic mother Sophie (Maria Bello). The central premise is what drew me. The idea […]

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Chuck (2017): A Lovable Boxing Biopic

– Chuck Wepner: “…If I can survive the Marines, I can survive Ali.” Here’s the thing: before I watched the trailer for this film, I had never heard of Chuck Wepner. Now, I’m intrigued by him because of his turbulent life. He was a boxer that became the pride of his home town when he […]

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The Wailing (2016): An Epic Korean Horror Flick

About twenty minutes into this horror film, I was really surprised to be laughing. The Wailing starts out with slapstick comedy and buddy cop humour. Jong-goo (Do-won Kwak) bumbles his way through a murder investigation while providing for his family. He’s a hilariously rubbish cop, but a likeable guy. Being Mr Nice Guy won’t help him solve […]

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Classic, Reviews

Inglorious Basterds (2009)

Let’s face facts, when it comes to films, Quentin Tarantino does things his own way and he doesn’t care who he offends or annoys. (Just thought I’d put it out there.) Now, I’m not a die-hard QT fan. I like most of his films, but I don’t jump on the Tarantino train every day of […]

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Blue Jay (2016)

What would you do if you ran into an ex-partner at a supermarket? In Blue Jay, Jim (Mark Duplass) and Amanda (Sarah Paulson), two high school sweethearts catch up on old times, after they see each other in a grocery store. It’s clear these two have a troubled history. This film is quick to generate our interest. […]

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Fargo (1996)

Pure black comedy mixed with crime, murder and mayhem: welcome to Fargo. This film is another winner by the Coen Brothers, two directors that I love. Masters of offbeat, low-key cinema, they always know how to reinvent the wheel. Set in 80s Minnesota, Fargo starts off by telling the audience that what you’re about to see is based […]

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