Crimson Peak

3.5 out of 5 stars Delivery is crucial in Guillermo Del Toro’s latest gothic melodrama. Thankfully Jessica Chastain seems to relish her role as Mrs. Danvers’ psychotic younger sister while Tom Hiddleston’s tortured and conflicted look is sexy and pitiful at the same time. But the film is totally Guillermo’s (with the ghosts of The […]

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Suffragette

2.5 out of 5 stars Fine production values and acting and shot deliberately in a drab and grainy way, the film is so soaked in history that it looks like a 1912 soap opera recorded on an old VHS tape. The initial setup is predictable melodrama; and it is only when their campaign got kicked […]

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Sense8 – Season One Review

Three and a half stars out of five. Sense8 is a 12 episode drama created by the Wachowskis  (The Matrix) and  J Michael Straczynski. (Babylon 5), which debuted on Netflix in June 2015. Designed for binge watching, its premise is that 8 individuals suddenly find they are telepathically connected forming the Sense8  – even though physically they […]

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The Martian

4 out of 5 stars Matt Damon is Robinson Crusoe on Mars. Ridley Scott is on form with this well-crafted, visually stunning movie. A strong, charismatic central performance from Mr D who must be a shoe-in for an Oscar nod. This geekette had a tear in her little eye at the film’s finale.

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A Bigger Splash

3 out of 5 stars Ralph rants and Tilda mimes in this remake of La Piscina, a 1968 French film which was also loosely adapted by Francoise Ozon as Swimming Pool in 2003. An unexpected visit by her ex (Fiennes) and his young daughter disrupted Swinton and her new partner’s (played with extra hunkiness by […]

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The Lobster

4 out of 5 stars Set in a world that operates on a different set of rules, norms and morals that would’ve been nonsensical in ours but make perfect sense in theirs, this is a surreal, wildly imaginative and genre-defying film that explores the concepts of love and loneliness; of relationships and partnerships and the […]

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Victoria

Four stars out of five. How do you describe ‘Victoria’? Birdman in Berlin maybe; True Rope-mance  possibly  – but this is a triumph for director Sebastian Schipper. One marvels at the extraordinary achievement of a film shot in one miraculous 2 hour 20 minute take across one night in Berlin. Anchored by a charming and assured central […]

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Sicario

3 out of 5 stars A violent and dark thriller with some very intense and suspense-filled moments, this is an effective and often powerful film with a political message after the carnage has settled. Emily Blunt’s performance stands out, much in the same way as Jodie Forster’s did in Silence of the Lambs, as she […]

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Remember

3.5 out of 5 stars Atom Egoyan directs effortlessly in a piece of drama that throws dementia into a hunt for Nazi criminals. Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau are great and manage to convince me to overlook some questionable plausibility issues. With a few twists and turns, both in the story and the cameos in […]

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Truth

3.5 out of 5 stars Entertaining, and perhaps even illuminating, newsroom drama based on the 60 Minutes segment investigating George W. Bush’s military record and the subsequent repercussions on the careers of producer, Mary Mapes and her mentor Dan Rather (a famous anchor played by the even more famous and always watchable Robert Redford). Cate […]

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