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Race (2016)

Race is the true story of Jesse Owens, one of the greatest athletes in track and field history. He smashed records and won four gold medals: 100 meters, 200 meters, long jump and 4 x 100-meter relay. Quite simply, Owens is a sporting legend. This film is a fine account of Owens’ life and achievements, as […]

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First They Killed My Father (2017)

Blessed with the direction of Angelina Jolie, First They Killed My Father is a fine war movie. The story is through the eyes of a seven-year-old girl. It’s based on Loung Ung’s memoir about her experiences when the Khmer Rouge took over Cambodia in 1975. This was a violent campaign that wiped out almost a quarter of the […]

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Christopher Nolan’s DUNKIRK (2017)

Given that Dunkirk has left critics in a frenzy with praise, I was surprised that I didn’t feel the same way when I saw it at the cinema.  Looks like I’m in the minority, but I did not love this film. Don’t get me wrong, I loved aspects of it, like the practical effects, the camera work […]

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Anthropoid (2016)

If I were to make a list of ‘top ten good movies with bad titles’, I think I’d have to include Anthropoid. It sounds as though it belongs to a really shoddy alien movie on SyFy Channel. But get past the off-putting title and you’ll find a genuinely thrilling tale of war and resistance. For those […]

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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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Indignation (2016): Quiet and Poignant Explosion

Indignation is an adaptation of Phillip Roth’s novel of the same name, a quaint snapshot of 1950s life. It tells the story of Marcus Messner (Logan Lerman), a young man from a Jewish family, who leaves home to attend Winesburg, a Christian college in Ohio. There, he tries to distance himself from the spiritual community, as […]

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