Film Review

A collection of articles concerning film review or retrospectives.

MINIONS (2015)

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The question Minions needed to answer was whether the cute Despicable Me critters are compelling and amusing enough to carry their own film. It’s hard to argue…

SLOW WEST (2015)

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The Britop music scene’s produced some curious turn-ups in recent years. Brian Cox from D:Ream, now better known as a celebrity physicist; then the Jerome…

KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE (2014)

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The second Matthew Vaughn film about a group of youngsters taught to develop their skills and harness their potential (after X-Men: First Class), Kingsman: The Secret Service finds the Kick-Ass director…

EX MACHINA (2015)

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The helicopter blades whirling over greenery in the opening of Alex Garland’s Ex Machina are eerily, deliberately reminiscent of Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park. The parallels between…

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (2015)

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It won’t win plaudits for storytelling complexity or depth, but George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road is a stuntman’s fever-dream come to engine-roaring life. A reboot…

STOKER (2013)

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Park Chan-wook’s Stoker is a film with a curious DNA. Directed by the man who brought South Korean cinema to the masses with his highly regarded and…

FURIOUS 7 (2015)

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The Fast & Furious franchise gets so much right that it’s easy to ignore the things that are less appealing about it. It is sometimes morally questionable/reckless…

INHERENT VICE (2014)

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I’m not sure exactly where to begin with Inherent Vice—I’ve seen it twice now, and I haven’t completely wrapped my head around it, but I know it’s a…