Film Review: War Horse (2010)

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WAR HORSE (2010) USA | 146 minutes DIRECTOR: Steven Spielberg| CAST:  Benedict Cumberbatch, David Kross, Emily Watson, Jeremy Irvine, Peter Mullan, Tom Hiddleston| RATING: 3.5/5 Young Albert Narracott enlists to serve as a soldier in The Great War (World War 1) after his beloved horse, Joey, is sold to the cavalry. Albert’s journey takes him across the devastation […]

Film Review: End of Watch (2012)

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END OF WATCH, the new feature by writer-director David Ayer, is an episodic adventure into the dark world of drugs and gangs in South Central Los Angeles. The story is told through the eyes of two young, but experienced, police officers Brian Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Mike Zavala (Michael Peña). Taylor and Zavala patrol the […]

Film Review: Calvary (2014)

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2014/UK-Ireland/101 minutes Father James Lavelle is the priest of a small town in County Sligo. One day while taking confession, a man tells Lavelle of how he was raped by a priest numerous times from the age of 11. The Father’s attempts to deal with him are futile because the man isn’t looking for absolution […]

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: 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: Her

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(2014) USA, 126 minutes DIRECTOR: Spike Jonze | CAST: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Pratt, Rooney Mara |RATING: 3.5/5 In the San Francisco of the near future, a man called Theodore Twombly (Phoenix) struggles with his life post his divorce. Theodore has a job writing love letters for people who can’t. He is depressed and lonely and […]

Film Review: American Hustle

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(2013) USA, 138 minutes DIRECTOR: David O.Russell | CAST: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner, Evangeline Lily, Louis C.K., Elisabeth Röhm |RATING: 3.5/5 Irving Rosenfeld (Bale) is a small time con artist who dreams of bigger things. He is searching for a soul mate and believes he has found one when he meets fellow con artist […]

Film Review: The Desolation of Smaug

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(2013) USA/New Zealand, 161 minutes DIRECTOR: Peter Jackson | CAST: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lily, Orlando Bloom, Lee Pace, Aidan Turner |RATING: 3.5/5 I wasn’t looking forward to SMAUG, THE DESOLATION OF. There were reasons. Mostly because the first part of the trilogy THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY was a messy and lacklustre affair. […]

Film Review: RED

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(2010) USA, 111mins DIRECTOR: Robert Schwentke | CAST: Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Mary-Louise Parker, John Malkovich| RATING: 3.5/5 When his idyllic life is threatened by a high-tech assassin, former black-ops agent Frank Moses reassembles his old team in a last ditch effort to survive. Frank Moses (Willis) is clearly bored with retirement in his suburban home. […]