Film Reviews

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THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS

The Secret Life of Pets has to be one of my favourite films this year. In fact, it’s probably one of the most enjoyable wagging tales of four-legged beasts minus all the bad puns. This is New York, New York and everything we love about it is highlighted in its opening scenes – the bike rides, Central Park, the sunset…

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Bridget Jones´s Baby

Bridget Jones’ Baby is everything a not-a-girl-every-inch-a-woman-chick-flick should be. Forty-three, single, career driven, unafraid to show off a few wrinkles and not giving a hoot about whether her thighs resemble tree trunks, this is our Bridget Jones and yes, it’s every bit the goofy, feel good rom-com drama that you would expect from the ongoing saga of finding love in…

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BEN-HUR

The classic cast-of-thousands biblical epic that we know as Ben-Hur was a family favourite of ours. This was especially the case on Good Friday when every available movie channel would broadcast Crucifixion stories. There was more to it than just a chariot race and Jesus (though for some those would understandably be the highlights) but the saga promised a tale…

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X-MEN APOCALYPSE

“At least we can all agree the third one’s always the worst” says Jean Grey. It’s an inside joke, and well timed too, as the young teenage mutant exitsReturn of the Jedi alongside Night Crawler and Cyclops, but it nevertheless seems an unfortunate jest. Bryan Singer’s latest cinematic apocalypse is more of a spectacular visual effects extravaganza and can certainly tick…

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FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD

The latest adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s 1874 novel of the same name is visually exquisite with a slew of fabulous performances – but does it to justice to the original story? Read on to find out (note: spoilers ahead for those that haven’t read the book). If you haven’t read much Hardy or at the very least have some acquaintance…

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ALOHA

Aloha has a star studded line up: Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams, Emma Stone, Alec Baldwin even Bill Murray. It’s guaranteed to be the perfect rom-com action comedy (y’know good guy gets the girl, saves the world) and it’s set in Hawaii! What could go wrong? Well, pretty much everything. The plot runs along like a derailed toy train as Brian…

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SPY

There is nothing wrong with girl power. Especially when it takes on the classic male dominated espionage action-thriller genre and gives it more than just a poke but a damn good hiding. Yes, this is Melissa McCarthy who has left behind the basement benches (and previous supporting roles) for some front line action as the boss lady. But it certainly…

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POLDARK (TV SERIES)

For fans of historical drama, Poldark is sure to be an instant favourite. Twice over. That’s because Winston Graham’s twelve novels have become a television series, that’s right, all over again. Transmitted in the UK between 1975 and 1977 the BBC original version traced the return of rebellious Ross Poldark (Robin Ellis) who left his Cornish home and sweetheart Elizabeth (Jill Townsend)…

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THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL

While certainly not revolutionary in content The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has the advantage of boasting some of the world’s most renowned acting talents: Dames Maggi Smith and Judi Dench are joined by Bill Nighy, Richard Gere, Celia Imrie and the star of Slumdog Millionaire, Dev Patel in a playful romp through the delights of old age. The story itself follows…

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CALVARY

John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary opens brilliantly. Father James, an Irish priest listens in a confessional booth to the calm recital of a man who suffered molestation at the hands of the clergy. This disembodied rational voice isn’t seeking absolution for feelings of anger and vengeance nor is he interested in performing half-a-dozen Hail Marys. His perpetrator is long dead and he is…

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