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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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2018)

You’d be forgiven for thinking Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was going to be straightforward. It seems like a simple revenge tale. But it’s not. It’s more a tale of how life can hurt, heal and transform people in the strangest ways. Right from the off, it completely denies you the comfort of an easy viewing. If you […]

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The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)

Everything about The Killing of a Sacred Deer gets ingrained in your mind. Director Yorgos Lanthimos forces you to pay attention to every single detail. When watching, you’ll have no idea where the story is going to take you. Lanthimos’ deadpan humour ripples beneath the surface and there are no clear answers. Is this a revenge movie? A […]

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Atomic Blonde (2017)

Usually, the only time a cold war espionage movie becomes fast-paced is when someone gets gunned down by a silencer. This is not the case in Atomic Blonde, a spy thriller with a ’80s retro vibe. It’s one of the coolest action movies of the year. And I’ll say this: if Charlize Theron turned up in […]

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Sweet Virginia (2017)

Sweet Virginia has a slow, menacing burn, which harks back to the classic street-wise films of the 1970s. I really enjoy these type of movies. They might come across as very straight forward, but hyper-realism is their style. Sweet Virginia is soaked in gritty realism. Its Alaskan setting is a brooding place, where Sam (Jon […]

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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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Wind River (2017)

First of all, I’m surprised there has been next to no fanfare for Wind River. Its reception has been kind, but it didn’t get much mainstream hype. My theory is the plot makes it sound like a conventional murder mystery. So, it wasn’t able to grab the attention of a large audience. I suppose for some of […]

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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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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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Wheelman (2017)

Now, this is what I’m talking about! Wheelman is a no-nonsense, beat-the-clock thriller that traps you in a car with Frank Grillo for 82 minutes. It’s the kind of movie that’s better with the volume cranked up. You might want to bring some friends over because it’s high tempo and makes you want to cheer […]

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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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Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Who in their right mind would spend 150 million on a sequel to Blade Runner, released in 1982? Sequels are notoriously disappointing and we all know it’s impossible to recreate a classic, especially one as experiential as the original Blade Runner. Its legacy makes it a tough act to follow. So, it feels like an impressive feat that Blade […]

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