Review: Heavy Trip - enjoyably daft Finnish heavy metal comedy (available on digital platforms from 5th August)

6th August 2019

Part send up, part love-letter to those who enjoy the sonic sledgehammer that is heavy metal music, Finnish comedy ‘Heavy Trip’ is the light-hearted story of four friends who, after many years of practise – a dozen to be precise – finally decide to take their act on the ro…

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Review: 'The King' - entertainingly novel, if slightly misfiring, doc on the life of Elvis Presley

1st October 2018
Considering that Elvis Presley is likely the most celebrated person to ever walk the Earth, yet another documentary film perambulating the well-worn terrain of his biography seems – like another Nightmare on Elm Street movie or a Rolling Stones tour – a somewhat superfluous…

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Review: Czech National Orchestra deliver Jaws in Concert at Colston Hall

14th April

Since its release in June 1975, Steven Spielberg’s Jaws – an epochal moment in motion picture history in its standing as Hollywood’s prototypical ‘Summer Blockbuster’ – has endured as a much beloved film. This is partly evidenced by the number of T-shirt’s adorned with the now …

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Review: Score - an enjoyable celebration of Hollywood's unsung heroes

22nd March 2018

Though perhaps a few notable composers have slipped the net of obscurity and garnered household name status with their contribution to the history of film – five time Academy Award winner John Williams being the most obvious – it could be argued that these individuals are …

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Review: 'I am Heath Ledger'

16th January 2018

In the unwavering affection bestowed upon its subject, Adrian Buitenhuis and Derick Murray’s ‘I am Heath Ledger’ provides an unusually doting biographical account of the Perth born actor who, in 2008, sadly died at just 28 years of age. While this acquiescent approach gi…

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Review: 'The Work' - uncompromising account of gruelling Folsom Prison rehabilitation

19th November 2017

“Right down where we hurt the most is where the medicine is at.” This line of rehabilitative philosophy, heard around two-thirds of the way through Jairus McLeary and Gethin Aldous’ ultra-intensive documentary, is a fitting summation of the mentally gruelling personal t…

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Review: Spiderman - Homecoming

7th August 2017

Homecoming is the newest reboot of the Spidey series since the underwhelming 1st and 2nd Amazing Spiderman films which starred Andrew Garfield as the web slinger and his then real life partner, Emma Stone, playing his on screen love interest Gwen Stacy. The two shared grea…

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Review: Forever Pure

1st August 2017

As a window on to the hate-fuelled quagmire that has shaped much of modern history – that being the enduring religious, ethnic and tribal tensions between the State of Israel and her Arab neighbours – ‘Forever Pure’ makes disheartening viewing and leaves one fatalistically…

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Preview: Cinema Rediscovered Festival at The Watershed

25th July 2017

From Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th of July, Bristol sees the return of the standout film event of last summer, Cinema Rediscovered.

Hosted in Bristol’s prestigious The Watershed cinema/cultural centre, Cinema Rediscovered is a film festival in which the primary objecti…

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Review: Liberation Day (out on iTunes 17th July)

13th July 2017
In the world of documentary film, the strength of a final product is, of course, sometimes contingent on the surprising or peculiar nature of its subject matter. Whether it’s former Indonesian death squad members retelling the story of their crimes through dramatized film scenes …

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Review: Baby Driver

8th July 2017

Baby Driver, the 5th theatrical film by beloved British fanboy-filmmaker Edgar Wright of The Cornetto Trilogy and Scott Pilgrim fame, is a charming though at times slightly bland film, in which many of its theoretically unique quirks have actually not only been done, but done bett…

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Review: Alien: Covenant

14th June 2017

Sorry Spoilers Ahead.
I believe that people have maybe one or two passions. For some it is music, for others it is politics. But for me, it is film. I like to watch films and I like to read about film, but mostly I love to talk about film. And when someone has a true passion abo…

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Review: Wonder Woman

7th June 2017

Wonder Woman, the newest instalment in the divisive DC Cinematic Universe, is a well meaning yet shallow and fairly underwhelming adventure plagued by some major issues.
Telling the origin story of Diana Prince, daughter of Queen Hippolyta of the island of Themyscira, and better k…

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Review: Their Finest

4th May 2017

Their Finest manages to be the definition of the word fine. Performances, dialogue, story, direction, editing – it’s all fine. But only just fine. It’s okay: distinctly average in its presentation and execution. The film’s enjoyable yet also quite unmemorable. The biggest question …

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Review: Free Fire

9th April 2017

Free Fire is a welcome return to form for Brighton-based filmmaker Ben Wheatley following last year’s somewhat divisive High Rise. Yet while marking a seeming return to form in terms of quality of filmmaking, Free Fire proves to have a refreshing sense of difference to the rest of …

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Review: Moonlight

12th March 2017

I can’t really think of the words to begin a review for Moonlight. That’s not some hyperbolic fevered attempt to get you to go see it, more of an admission of defeat on my part when it comes to describing such a film. Moonlight, the film that went into the Best Picture race with…

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Review: Split

8th March 2017

Night Shyamalan was once compared to Hitchcock after the release of his breakthrough film The Sixth Sense (1999). A character driven thriller starring Bruce Willis which was filled with suspense and of course, the now famous Shyamalan twist. He continued the success of his 1999 fil…

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Review: Fences

2nd March 2017

Fences is very much a straight adaptation of the play of the same name and when I say straight adaptation I mean it’s genuinely like watching a well-shot recording of a live performance. Star and director Denzel Washington brings the stage play that he and Oscar winning co-star Vio…

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Review: Lego Batman

23rd February 2017

I’m going to say right off the bat (no pun intend- whatever man, you get the joke) that I didn’t actually like the original Lego Movie (2014) that much when it first premiered. Its use of pop-culture references and self awareness instead of genuinely funny and organic humour an…

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Photo Gallery: Cabbage at Thekla - 18th February 2017

Check out our shots of Cabbage’s raucous live show at Thekla:
All photographs by Karina Jacenko
Read our review of the gig.

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Review: Jackie

14th February 2017

Jackie is hard to describe as a “biopic” because despite the title and the initial expectation of the subject matter from the trailers, poster etc. it’s actually far more and less than what you’d think. The single word title befits a film that explores the entire life and tri…

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Review: London Contemporary Orchestra bring a chilling dimension to Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood 

7th February 2017

The London Contemporary Orchestra visited Colston Hall this week showcasing Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood’s original soundtrack from Paul Thomas Anderson’s award-winning film There Will Be Blood. For those familiar with the story, one could easily imagine that a screening of thi…

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Review: Supersonic

11th February 2017

In May 1993, Head of Creation Records Alan McGhee went in search of an old flame at Glasgow’s King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut but instead happened upon a relatively unknown band who were set to define a generation. A little over three years later, Oasis were performing in front of 250…

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Review: Trainspotting 2

6th February 2017

The original Trainspotting was released in Britain in 1996 to critical acclaim. Fast forward twenty years and Danny Boyle is once again at the helm exploring the lives of Renton (Ewan McGregor), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), Spud (Ewen Bremner) and Begbie (Robert Carlyle). The …

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Review: La La Land

27th January 2017

It seems that nowadays the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gets to have at least one film every few years that’s a resounding pat on the back to Hollywood and the beauty of cinema, stardom and Tinseltown. These self-congratulatory odes to filmmaking can be somewhat…

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