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Chef (2014)

Chef Carl was hailed as the next big thing in the LA food scene, but his career hasn’t taken off as hoped, no thanks to restaurant owner Riva (Dustin Hoffman), who is more interested in making money than having a varied menu. Every one of Carl’s pleas to spice up the menu is met with […]

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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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Colossal (2017): Weird and Wacky Monster Movie

Imagine every time you go out drinking, a massive lizard-like monster causes mass destruction in South Korea. Your wild behaviour literally manifests itself as a Godzilla lookalike, imagine that for a minute… Because this is what happens to Gloria (Anne Hathaway) in Colossal. This is a weird film. It’s the kind of movie that’s guaranteed to […]

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Catfight (2017): A Bloody Good Black Comedy

You can tell right from the beginning that Catfight isn’t your everyday comedy. From the dark satire, ironic humour and quirky moments, you just know that it won’t offer the usual laughs like in Hollywood comedies. After watching the trailer, I had to see it, and what a great little movie it turned out to […]

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Free Fire (2017)

Guns, gangs and free-for-all action in a Reservoir Dogs style setting: this is a bloodthirsty action-comedy. Just the way I like it. Set in 1970s Boston, Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire is about a gun deal gone horribly wrong. Irish mobsters, Chris (Cillian Murphy) and Frank (Michael Smiley) lead their pack of goons to an abandoned warehouse, to […]

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What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

Quirky and weirdly compelling, here is an indie comedy I found very funny! Once you embrace its ridiculous plot, you’ll be entertained right until the end. Four vampire housemates – Viago, Vladislav, Deacon and Petyr, live in Wellington, New Zealand, where they let a film crew document their everyday lives. Presented in the mockumentary style, What […]

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Lars and the Real Girl (2007)

How do you make an on-screen romance between a man and a blow-up doll interesting? You do it with openness, faith, a touch of comedy and with Ryan Gosling playing the lead. There’s no easy way to explain the plot of Lars and the Real Girl, without sounding like a rambling idiot. I can’t imagine what […]

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World’s Greatest Dad (2009)

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that Robin Williams is a legend, having left behind a lasting impact. He could do anything, given the right material and platform. I always enjoyed watching his comedies as a kid and his life-affirming dramas as I grew older. While Williams has starred in many beloved […]

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Bernie (2011)

Pitch-black comedy To my mind, comedy is the toughest genre to make work, especially when you’re dealing with the darker side of the genre. Everyone has their own sense of humour and own level of tolerance, but I always find myself drawn to black comedies, like Bernie.  Richard Linklater’s film is based on a real-life murder […]

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T2 Trainspotting (2017)

In T2 Trainspotting, Renton (McGregor) and the gang are back wreaking havoc in Edinburgh once again, twenty years on from their 1996 drug-fuelled adventure. This sequel is everything I could have hoped for – it’s funny, entertaining, visually sharp and it’s a joy finding out what these characters, now middle-aged, have been up to… Renton: Heading […]

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Sing Street (2016)

There’s little more that can be done with the ‘let’s make a band’ formula, but John Carney manages to create something really special with Sing Street. It’s a funny, lively, utterly brilliant coming-of-age story set in 1985 Dublin. It focuses on young Conor “Cosmo” Lawlor, who starts a rock band to impress a girl. This is a […]

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

Pleasantly funny, unassuming and strangely compelling, are some of the ways I would describe Hunt for the Wilderpeople.  Waititi delivers a light comedy-drama, that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Dennison portrays Ricky Baker, a rebellious young boy who gets sent to live with a couple on a remote farm in the New Zealand countryside. Chaos ensues […]

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