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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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A franchise terminated?

A franchise terminated?

By: Thomas Sweet

Have you ever watched a movie, whether good or bad, that ends with a blatant hook for a sequel that never happens? In today’s sequel saturated market, it’s common for producers to tal...

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How bad is The Book Of Henry?

How bad is The Book Of Henry?

By: Luke Roebuck

Do you remember your school days? The joys and pains of being a child? The makers of The Book of Henry don’t. Instead, from the outset, clichés abound. A voiceover from the title character. B...

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Solaris transcendent

Solaris transcendent

By: Jonathan Glen

Fun fact about the Cannes Jury Prize winning 1972 feature Solaris - neither the director or the novelist from whose work the film was adapted like it. Well, he didn’t dislike it, but And...

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