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Pierce Brosnan will sing again

Pierce Brosnan will sing again

By: David Baldwin

Two words for you – Pierce Brosnan. That’s all you really need to know about the Mamma Mia sequel, right? Whether or not Pierce Brosnan is back. Back in 2008, when Brosnan opened his ...

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Never tell us the odds

Never tell us the odds

By: Ed Jackson

The chances of Solo: A Star Wars Story successfully navigating the many crises that have dogged its production and turning out pretty well aren’t too good. Directors Phil Lord and Christopher...

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In Todd we trust

In Todd we trust

By: Ed Jackson

Images always precede imagination in the work of Todd Haynes. Pop culture fantasies and avant-garde poetics tend to combine in his often allusive but never hermetic cinema. For as pastic...

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Journey's End jolts the memory of history

Journey's End jolts the memory of history

By: Ed Jackson

Now that a hundred years have passed since it ended, it’s tempting to think it’s time to let the First World War go. The 20th century produced horrors to rival and surpass the mass murders of...

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The art of the trailer

The art of the trailer

By: Thomas Sweet

There’s a somewhat cyclical aspect to visiting the cinema. We go to watch the film, but before the main feature starts, there are the trailers. Studios have a few minutes to excite us with fo...

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The lasting appeal of It's A Wonderful Life

The lasting appeal of It's A Wonderful Life

By: Ed Jackson

Suicidal despair is a peculiar crux upon which to rest a feelgood Christmas film. But It’s A Wonderful Life contains a host of elements that don’t exactly ring with holiday cheer. These inclu...

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The tarnished picket fences of Suburbicon

The tarnished picket fences of Suburbicon

By: Ed Jackson

The mileage that Hollywood continues to draw from anxieties that something nasty lurks behind white picket fences is remarkable. The master here is David Lynch, who has mined suburbia’s psych...

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The nasty thrills of 10 To Midnight

The nasty thrills of 10 To Midnight

By: Matthew Tilt

  Charles Bronson’s star was already faltering by 1983 when he starred in this nasty little thriller. The Death Wish series was showing diminishing returns after just one sequel and, to be b...

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Justice is messy

Justice is messy

By: Adam X. Smith

Where to even start with Justice League? How does one properly summarise a movie that was: a) produced as a reactionary sequel to one of the most divisive blockbusters of last year and ta...

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A close encounter between sentiment & cynicism

A close encounter between sentiment & cynicism

By: Matthew Tilt

When Steven Spielberg came on board to finish Stanley Kubrick’s A.I., many complained that the film was an uneasy mix of the former’s more sentimental style and the latter’s cold, cynical app...

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A deliciously dark Danish

A deliciously dark Danish

By: Matthew Tilt

With the sheer amount of films released each year, it’s impossible to see them all. As part of a new monthly series, Matthew Tilt looks at films that may have passed you by - from unloved sla...

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Goodfellas is still peerless cinema

Goodfellas is still peerless cinema

By: Matthew Tilt

So, here’s a dilemma: how do you write about a film like Goodfellas? It’s 27 years old and has been written about so extensively that it’s hard to find an original word to say about it. We al...

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