Category: Movie Reviews

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

As districts are devastated above ground, other struggles rage underground. We’re not just talking Woody Harrelson’s straggly Games vet Haymitch Abernathy’s problems with “prohibition”, either. With her role beefed up from Suzanne Collins’ third...

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The Drop

Stills of Tom Hardy pursing his lips at a puppy might have made Twitter melt, but The Drop did well to change its title from Animal Rescue. This is no cutesy romcom or inspirational...

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The Imitation Game

With a title like The Imitation Game, you’d be forgiven for expecting a contemporary CIA thriller – rather than a carefully constructed character study of one of WW2’s largely unsung heroes. It’s centred on...

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Life Itself

The world’s most influential film critic, the late Roger Ebert knew the importance of good direction. That Ebert chose Steve James to direct this exceptional documentary, based on his own memoir, says much about...

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Standby

The feature debut of Irish director brothers Rob and Ronan Burke, Standby is a gentle, funny rom-com for which the term ‘heart-warming’ might have been coined. Alan (Brian Gleeson, son of Brendan) lives a...

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Third Person

As we know from Crash, writer-director Paul Haggis loves to construct cross-connected stories. Third Person intertwines strands set in New York, Paris and Rome. Missing or dead children figure in each, as do issues...

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We Are The Giant

The Arab Spring remains a potent topic for debate in this documentary portrait of those behind the uprisings. Largely avoiding detailed political analysis, Greg Barker emphasises the human cost as key protestors in Libya,...

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Boyhood

For all his affection towards the laid-back, lackadaisical and dispossessed, Richard Linklater has never been a slacker. While he tends to tell relatable, human stories, he often quietly experiments with form: check out the...

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X-Men: Days Of Future Past

Overcrowding is a killer for comic-book movies. This summer’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 became the latest superhero broth to be spoiled by too many cooks (read: villains), and even Marvel, who have built an...

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Taxi

Proof that France can churn out movies every bit as dumb as Hollywood’s comes courtesy of a Luc Besson-scripted actioner that combines the specialities of one territory (high-octane car chases, noisy shoot-outs) with the...