Essential, Reviews

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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Essential, Reviews

THIS IS ENGLAND (2006)

What can I say about This Is England after all these years … if you have not seen this, then you really are slacking! Set in 1983, this movie is full of tragedy, redemption and coming-of-age. 12-year-old Shaun (Thomas Turgoose) is a bored and aimless kid, who hasn’t had much happiness in his life. His dad died […]

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Reviews

Imperial Dreams (2014)

In Imperial Dreams, John Boyega isn’t a stormtrooper batting heads with Kylo Ren. Instead, the pre-Star Wars Boyega plays an ex-con named Bambi, on route to redemption. Sharing the same name as a certain Disney character, you’d think he wouldn’t stand a chance in the world of crime. But he’s been to prison and back. […]

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Reviews

Moonlight (2016)

Let me start by saying this: for a Miami-set film which features drug dealers and rough neighbourhoods, Moonlight isn’t concerned about gang culture and the crime associated with it. Instead, the film is completely committed to showing the troubled life of Chiron, played by three different actors in three chapters, with each part detailing his experiences […]

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Lists

The 10 Best British Urban Films

To say the British urban genre is the most disregarded film genre would be an understatement. I’ve seen a lot of these films over the years, the good ones and the bad ones. They take a no-nonsense approach to serious themes concerning race, poverty, drugs and other issues. These films are about stuff that matters. […]

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Reviews

The Land (2016)

Growing up in Cleveland, Cisco (Jorge Lendeborg Jr.) and his friends, Junior (Moises Arias), Boobie (Ezri Walker) and Patty Cake (Rafi Gavron), dream of becoming professional skateboarders. They devote their time to practising their skills and trying to build up as much money as possible, so they can finally escape their dysfunctional neighbourhood. Desperate to […]

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Reviews

Dope (2015)

Dope is cool, funny and stylish. It’s blend of entertainment, gritty realism and social satire. It centres around high school senior, Malcolm (Shameik Moore) and his two best buddies, Jib (Tony Revolori) and Diggy (Kiersey Clemons). They’re self-proclaimed “geeks” and obsessed with 90s hip-hop music, culture and fashion. With aspirations to attend Harvard and escape […]

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