Film Review

STEVE JOBS (2015)

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Biopics tend to follow a painfully familiar template. Frequently, out of an eagerness to not miss a single detail, films based on real events…

SPY (2015)

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When she was a kid, Susan Cooper’s (Melissa McCarthy) mother used to leave a note in her lunchbox each day that read: “Give up…

BRAZIL (1985)

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Bureaucracy on film is a subject that, for obvious reasons, has always been best approached by filmmakers working under authoritarian governments, specifically in Eastern…

SPECTRE (2015)

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To follow on from the billion-dollar box office success of 2012’s Skyfall must have been a bit of a daunting task for director Sam…

TOMORROWLAND (2015)

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One of this summer’s biggest box-office disappointments was Disney’s Tomorrowland, from director Brad Bird (The Iron Giant, Ratatouille). It made $208m worldwide, but cost…

POLTERGEIST (2015)

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Tobe Hooper’s original Poltergeist is a great film and the story of its production has become legend, so even a good remake’s doomed to sit in its shade….

PAN (2015)

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Early reviews suggested that Joe Wright’s Peter Pan prequel (which purports to tell how he became The Boy Who Never Grew Up) was a…

JURASSIC WORLD (2015)

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The Jurassic Park franchise has always been looking back 65 million years (wondering how modern man would cope with the return of prehistoric animals),…

WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE (2014)

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Times are tough for traditional, two-dimensional, hand drawn animation. The mainstream is dominated with glossy, shiny, digitally-animated movies that, while often hits with audiences,…

SICARIO (2015)

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Do you like your meticulously-paced and superbly-shot action movies with a side order of bleak nihilism? You’re in luck: Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario may well…

THE MARTIAN (2015)

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If you’re going to entrust any director with the task of delivering a gripping film about loneliness in the vast emptiness of space, surely…