Reviews

Ingrid Goes West (2017)

SOCIAL MEDIA is taking over the world. I remember a time when it was all about connecting with your friends. These days, we go on social networks for news, videos and to follow famous people. We have a persistent urge to check Facebook, Instagram and tweet. That’s why Ingrid Goes West a.k.a First World Problems, couldn’t be more […]

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Tyrannosaur (2011)

There’s nothing like a British “grit-film” to give you a slice of life, in the bleakest way possible. Tyrannosaur, like most British films, doesn’t hold back on its depiction of violence and abuse. For want of a better phrase, this is an up-close-and-personal kind of movie. It focuses on Joseph (Peter Mullan), a middle-aged widower, […]

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Mud (2012)

Damn this film is good, so good it has a timeless feeling. Mud is an adventure-drama, with a coming-of-age story at the centre. Matthew McConaughey plays the title character Mud, an edgy desperado in need of some help. Teenagers Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and Neckbone (Jacob Lofland) find Mud hiding on an island in Mississipi. He says he […]

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Battle of the Sexes (2017)

It’s man vs woman here in 1973. Tennis star Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) takes on former champion Billy Riggs (Steve Carrell) in a “Battle of the Sexes” match. We’re courtside at what is to become a landmark showdown. It’s part of a wider fight for women’s rights, as this was an era when sexism against […]

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Lion (2016)

You’d have to be inhuman not to resonate with Lion in some way. After all, the fear of becoming lost and separated from your family is a universal one. That’s why there’s no way the true story of Saroo Brierley won’t effect you. At 5-years old, he ends up thousands of miles from home after […]

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Taxi Driver (1976)

Taxi Driver: Travis Bickle (Robert DiNero) is a lonely cab driver working a night shift. He’s an insomniac. Cruising through the streets of NY City, he’s disgusted by the sleaze he finds. It drives him over the edge and so he goes wild as a nutty vigilante. 41 years later and this timeless film still has […]

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Good Time (2017)

Good Time has seedy characters that make bad decision after bad decision. But it’s so fast-paced, their mistakes pull you deeper into the chaos. A chilling performance from Robert Pattinson, coupled with edgy crime-drama, and we’ve got ourselves a damn good film. It’s an adrenalised story that takes place over 24 hours. Pattinson plays Connie, who […]

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Una (2017)

Obviously, the subject matter of sexual abuse is always difficult to delve into. Is it worth portraying or should it be left alone? Una walks on a tightrope around the topic, with Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn playing the leads. In my opinion, these are two great actors currently flying under people’s radars. As expected, they’re […]

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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 Illusionist (2006)

Anything starring Edward Norton I’ll watch and so should you. Why? Because he makes you fascinated by every character he plays. This is the case in The Illusionist, but it’s a shame he couldn’t save it from being overshadowed by a better 2006 film about magicians (The Prestige). Not to worry though, it’s still very […]

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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 this is a brilliant one. It feels like the defining teen flick of this generation. Hailee Steinfeld plays Nadine, a socially awkward high […]

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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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