Film

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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Review: Manchester by the Sea

20th January 2017

Manchester by the Sea was a film that, for the last few months, I was completely apathetic about. I remember it slowly creeping up, how positive reviews turned to great ones to eventually almost universal acclaim. The occasional mention of how Casey Affleck is a potential osca…

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Review: Silence

11th January 2017

Martin Scorsese’s Silence is a markedly different film to his previous outing The Wolf of Wall Street in just about every single aspect of form, content and intention. Trading in a celebrity glitz of debauchery, expensive set pieces and consequence-less shocks and laughs for a…

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Review: The Killing of America (available on DVD and Blu-ray on 31st October)

8th October 2016After Sheldon Renan and Leonard Schrader’s lurid anthology of the United States’ history of violent crime premiered in New York City in 1982, their film subsequently failed to receive a commercial release; thus ‘The Killing of America’ – a graphic, shocking and provocative 95 minutes…

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Review: World War Two - 1942 and Hitler's Soft Underbelly (out on DVD 5th September)

28th August 2016After the defeat of the British army in Northern France and their subsequent retreats from the beaches of Normandy in 1940, it would be another four years before Britain – this time with her US allies in tow – would confront Hitler’s Germany head on with the execution of Operation Ov…

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Review: World War Two - 1941 and the Man of Steel (out on DVD 8th August)

6th August 2016“He was a little man, about five foot five, in his 60s, rather tubby.” These opening words to World War Two: 1941 and the Man of Steel, paint a clear picture of Josef Stalin’s unlikelihood as an archetypal leader among men. The theme is revisited a little later in the film with focus …

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Review: Janis - Little Girl Blue (released on DVD 9th May)

7th May 2016Compared to the most famous of the late, great musicians who have the eternal misfortune of membership to the now infamous 27 Club, fairly little seems to be widely known about Janis Joplin. While the passing of time has delivered a firm cultural acquaintance with the impact of Jimi Hend…

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