Reviews

Enemy (2013) review – Jake Gyllenhaal Sees Double

One word: complicated. Enemy is the kind of film you have to see more than once. For me, a film that is hard to grasp makes it all the more intriguing. I’m a sucker for mind-boggling, complex movies and Enemy certainly is that. This film, I guess, is a surrealist thriller about doppelgangers discovering their mutual existence. Jake […]

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La La Land (2017) 

After just five minutes into La La Land, I was certain that I was going to hate it. The large ensemble number, titled “Another Day in the Sun” opens the film, with numerous people jumping out of their cars, singing and dancing on a busy L.A freeway.  I normally keep my distance from musicals, but I decided to give La […]

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I, Daniel Blake (2016)

One of the many things I have great respect for, is people who tell it like it is. This is precisely what Ken Loach does with I, Daniel Blake. It’s a film that left me with a knot in my stomach, as it dawned on me that Loach’s portrayal of a poverty-stricken Britain couldn’t be closer […]

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It Follows (2014)

The premise of It Follows sounds like the worst film ever when said out loud. But sometimes the best ideas are the unusual ones. This thrilling and atmospheric horror focuses on teenager Jay (Monroe), who after sleeping with her new boyfriend, becomes the target of a supernatural entity – a curse passed on through sex. There’s […]

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The Strangers (2008)

It doesn’t seem right to call The Strangers a horror film, because it’s atypical and not particularly scary. Yet if the events depicted in this movie were to actually happen, there’s no doubt you’d be traumatised for life. It’s a home invasion film, after all, which focuses on a young couple who are terrorised by three masked […]

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Sicario (2015)

Sicario is the kind of the film that you just don’t want to end. The story, characters and immersive gun-fights had me hooked, and I would honestly pay dividends for an extended cut. Sicario is a brilliant thriller, which takes the viewer on an intense journey through Mexico, where we are aligned with FBI agent Kate Macer (Emily […]

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Nocturnal Animals (2016)

Is revenge really a dish best served cold? Nocturnal Animals seems to think so.  Ford’s thrilling second feature is an artistic film, telling a dark and twisted story within a story about love and vengeance. Its three interrelated stories reflect and contrast one another, but are focused around Susan (Adams), a successful art gallery owner, who […]

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Cop Car (2015)

If you think back to your childhood, there was probably a time where you found something in the woods that you thought was really cool, like an unusual object, or an old swing rope across a river. But in Watt’s film, rebellious boys Travis (Freedosn-Jackson) and Harrison (Wellford) find a cop car. Better yet, the […]

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Grandma (2015)

Grandma brushes off the abortion stigma. It doesn’t treat it like a life-altering moment, but instead as a standard medical procedure. I liked the no-nonsense attitude presented in this film. It’s exactly what I was in the mood to see. This is a great little indie that’s light in tone and short in length, featuring Lily […]

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Arrival (2016)

“Life is a journey, not a destination”, is a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, and I see Arrival as adaption of that phrase. This is arguably the most mysterious and obscure alien thriller, to come out in a long while. I really enjoyed it! As I don’t want to spoil anything, I’m keeping this review short […]

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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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The Monster (2016)

There’s something about bad mothers in horror films that sends shivers down my spine. In Bryan Bertino’s The Monster, not only are we given a hellish creature, but also a troubled mother, faced with protecting the daughter she has mistreated. The film follows Kathy (Zoe Kazan) and her child Lizzy (Ella Ballentine), whose car breaks down on a […]

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Drive (2011)

This is the film that introduced me to Ryan Gosling, and I’ve been a fan ever since. He portrays ‘Driver’, a Hollywood stunt man by day, but a ruthless getaway driver by night. When he steps in to protect next-door neighbour Irene (Carey Mulligan) and her son, from the gangsters that her husband (Oscar Isaac) […]

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Boy A (2008)

  Can you blame a man for a crime he committed as a child? This is one of the questions melodrama, Boy A – adapted from Johnathan Tigwell’s novel – explores in abundance. The film tells the story of a rehabilitated juvenile killer (Garfield), the newspapers once called “Boy A”. After spending fourteen years in prison, he […]

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Warrior (2011)

Time and time again throughout film history, we have seen many fight movies, where one young prospect trains to be a champion in the ring. Their struggle to reach the top is nearly always a metaphor for overcoming other obstacles in their lives. I’ve always been a huge fan of these movies and Warrior is another […]

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Mr. Church (2016): Undercooked But Still Appertizing 

If you only like Eddie Murphy when he’s talking to animals or when he’s playing a wacky scientist, then it’s best you stick to watching The Nutty Professor and Dr. Dolittle, as he takes on a very subdued role in drama film, Mr. Church. Murphy shines as Henry Joseph Church, a talented cook who comes to live with a young girl, […]

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Don’t Breathe (2016)

Director: Fede Alverez Stars: Stephen Lang, Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto Home invasion films are nothing new, but Don’t Breathe masterfully inverts the typical scenario, because this time, the good guys are the intruders. This tense horror film follows three delinquents, Rocky (Jane Levy), Alex (Dylan Minnette) and Money (Daniel Zovatto), who make a living breaking into people’s […]

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