Film review: Good Vibrations

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(2012) UK-Ireland, 103 minutes DIRECTOR:Lisa Barros D’Sa, Glenn Leyburn | CAST:Richard Dormer, Liam Cunningham, Dylan Moran | RATING: 4/5 When the evolution of punk is raised at suburban dinner parties, it is usually discussed as a movement of the musical zeitgeist in the mid-1970s, located in the United States and Great Britain.  You’ve heard this kind of thing said […]

Film Review: Grace of Monaco

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(2014) France-USA, 103 minutes DIRECTOR:Olivier Dahan | CAST:Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth, Parker Posey, Frank Langella, Paz Vega | RATING: 3.5/5 It is 1962 and France is pressuring Monaco to change its laws because wealthy French citizens and companies are moving to the tiny principality and using it as a tax haven. French president, Charles de Gaulle is […]

Film Review: Le Week-End

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(2013) UK-France, 93 minutes DIRECTOR:Roger Michell | CAST:Lindsay Duncan, Jim Broadbent, Jeff Goldblum |RATING: 3.5/5 Nick (Broadbent) and Meg (Duncan) are a couple from Birmingham in their late middle age. They are spending the weekend in Paris to celebrate their thirtieth wedding anniversary. Their relationship is going through a fractious and tense stage. When they arrive at […]

Film Review: Half of a Yellow Sun

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(2013) Nigeria/UK, 111 minutes DIRECTOR:Biyi Bandele | CAST:Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anika Noni Rose |RATING: 3/5 HALF OF A YELLOW SUN is based on the 2006 novel by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The story follows four lives as the Nigerian Civil War descends in 1967. Olanna (Newton) and her twin sister Kainene (Rose) are the […]

Film Review: The Raid 2

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(2014) Indonesia, 150 minutes DIRECTOR: Gareth Evans | CAST: Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Alex Abbad, Arifin Putra |RATING: 4/5 In 2011 Welsh director Gareth Evans made his second feature THE RAID: REDEMPTION. It was an Indonesian action film that was a hit at home and well-received internationally. It was an exciting and violent movie that raised the […]

Film Review: Hannah Arendt

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(2013) Germany-France, 113 minutes DIRECTOR: Margarethe von Trotta  CAST: Barbara Sukowa, Janet McTeer, Klaus Puhl, Axel Milberg |RATING: 3.5/5 In 1961, Hannah Arendt, the German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist is asked by The New Yorker to cover the trial of Nazi Adolf Eichmann. During World War 2, Eichmann was one of the SS officers responsible for organising the […]

Film Review: The Monuments Men

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(2014) USA, 118 minutes DIRECTOR: George Clooney  CAST: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, John Goodman, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, Bill Murray, Jean Dujardin |RATING: 2.5/5 It is 1943 and although the Second World War is far from over, there are men like art expert Frank Stokes (Clooney) who are concerned that the art treasures of Europe are in danger […]

Film Review: Tracks

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(2013) Australia, 112 minutes DIRECTOR: John Curran, CAST: Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver | RATING: 4/5 In 1977, 25 year-old Robyn Davidson trekked through 1700 miles of Australian desert with no traveling companions except four camels. Her reasons were personal and she had no interest in publicity or making money as part of her journey. She […]

Film Review: Dallas Buyers Club

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(2013) USA, 117 minutes DIRECTOR: Jean-Marc Vallée | CAST: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto| RATING: 2.5/5 Ron Woodruff is an electrician and rodeo cowboy in 1985 Dallas. He is a hard-living character who suddenly finds himself unable to burn the candle at both ends. He is diagnosed with AIDS and is given 30 days to put his […]

Film Review: Uncharted Waters

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(2013) Australia, 85 minutes DIRECTOR: Craig Griffin | CAST: Wayne Lynch |RATING: 3/5 UNCHARTED WATERS is Madman Entertainment’s documentary feature about Australian surfing legend Wayne Lynch. Beginning his journey in Lorne, south-west Victoria, he made an impression on a board from the age of twelve, although he remembers an affinity for the ocean from even earlier. Those who saw […]