Spotlight

4 out of 5 stars An All The President’s Men for the 21st century. Nothing flashy, no virtuoso directorial flourishes. Instead, a solidly made, well-written ensemble piece, the story of which is no less shocking for being so familiar. Advertisements

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Creed

3.5 out of 5 stars On paper, a remake of Rocky with Apollo’s son, should’ve been a sentimental and abhorrent mess. However while the film’s structure is very conventional and the plot is as predictable as the inevitable inclusion of those training montages but damn if it isn’t so effective plucking those heartstrings exactly right. […]

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The Big Short

3.5 out of 5 stars It is no small achievement to make digestible and accessible to a mainstream audience the complicated and technical subject of the 2008 sub-prime mortgage meltdown, so it is predominantly to writer-director Adam McKay’s credit that he never loses the audience throughout the 2hrs+ duration of his film. Using every single […]

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The Revenant

4 out of 5 stars Another 2 ½ hrs Oscar bait nominee inhabited by beardy macho guys stuck in the white wintery wilderness, and much like The Hateful Eight, it is more than just a genre picture, in this case: a Western that doesn’t hold back on the violence, likes its realism gritty and topped […]

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The Big Short

Four our of five stars. A thoroughly entertaining and dramatic dive into the world of CDOs and sub-prime mortgages adapted from Michael Lewis’s book. The material may sound snooze-worthy, but a great script and direction means that director and co-screenwriter Adam McKay explores all manner of techniques to ensure complicated financial terms are explained well. […]

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The Revenant

4 out of 5 stars A visceral but beautiful film. Stunning cinematography, haunting imagery, virtuoso direction and stellar performances elevate this movie to a high plain. Lots of low angle shots. Lots of shots of tall trees. Lots of low angle shots of tall trees. That’s OK … I sort of like low angle shots of […]

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Room

  5 stars A small miracle of a movie, underpinned by pitch perfect performances from the leads, fluid direction and great cinematography, with images that were burnt onto this sub-titled friend’s retina long after she departed the cinema. Genre-wise, part thriller, part psychological drama. part family drama. But at the end of the day, it doesn’t […]

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