Reviews

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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5 True Story Based Movies You May Have Missed

“Based on a true story” – how many times have we heard that? It’s the most overused tagline in cinema, but it never stops us from flocking to the theatres. It’s eye-catching and head-turning, I can never resist. (As long as I think the film looks like it will be good). So, I’m going back […]

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JACKIE (2017)

So, why do we remember Jackie Kennedy? The mention of her name doesn’t mean that much to me, because she was around before my time, just like many of you reading this. It only takes a quick look at the past to see what an inspirational and iconic figure she was. But I’ll skip the history […]

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Bleed for This (2016): Heavy hitting boxing drama 

There is arguably no point in making boxing movies anymore. While the sport is still the best suited for the big-screen, there’s nothing new to be found in this overcrowded genre. But when has originality ever been a prerequisite for entertainment? Sometimes you can skew over originality in a film, as long as there’s a […]

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Hacksaw Ridge (2017)

The word relentless springs to mind when I think of Hacksaw Ridge. It’s a film that commits completely to capturing the intensity and brutality of war. It does not hold back. Bloods, guts, limbs are on full display and young Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) is at the heart of the action. Volunteering to fight in WW2, […]

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Barry (2016): Coming-Of-Age Obama Movie

A movie about Barack Obama, titled Barry? I had my doubts, but it was actually pretty good. Barry is the second film to portray a young Obama, and it delves even deeper into the President’s past. It depicts his first year at Columbia University in 1981, where he struggles to stay connected to his mother and […]

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Hands of Stone (2016): A Fistful of Drama

Robert De Niro is back in the ring in biopic Hands of Stone. This time though, he portrays legendary trainer Ray Arcel, who comes out of retirement to coach Panamanian boxer, Roberto Duran (Edgar Ramirez). Ferocious and merciless, Duran is a natural fighter and after scoring a string of knockouts, he prepares for a fight with Sugar […]

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United 93 (2006)

Unsurprisingly, very few films have directly addressed the September-11 attacks. Instead, a large number of films have dealt with trauma and warfare, allegorising the catastrophe that was 9/11. However, Paul Greengrass’ United 93 is a direct representation of the events, focusing on the plane that never reached its target. It’s a harrowing, incredibly sad depiction of the […]

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Review: Ronaldo (2015)

Director: Anthony Wonke Stars: Christiano Ronaldo, Dolores Aveiro, Hugo Alerio This documentary film captures an intimate and isolating snapshot of the life of Cristiano Ronaldo. Whilst providing a delicate insight into his family and his relationship with his son, the film navigates through the 2014 season, in which he won the Ballon D’or, and competed in the […]

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