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Troll Hunter – Review

Troll Hunter – Review

Troll Hunter. Those two words effectively tell you everything you need to know about the plot and the protagonist of this particular monster flick. But it's more than that. Every once in a while, a film will arrive on the scene that strikes you as something a little different from the endless supply of comic...

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Like an eagle in a dove-cote: Ralph Fiennes’ Coriolanus – reviewed

Like an eagle in a dove-cote: Ralph Fiennes’ Coriolanus – reviewed

Coriolanus is one of Shakespeare's less-popular plays, making it a brave choice for Ralph Fiennes' directorial début. However, the risk certainly pays off, as Fiennes transforms the play by moving the action from Ancient Rome to a recognisably brutal present. As well as directing, Fiennes takes on the...

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Rolling Thunder – Review

Rolling Thunder – Review

Released in 1977, Rolling Thunder is a curious combination of two popular trends in 1970s cinema: the vigilante, revenge movie and the existentialist flick. You may not have heard of it, but the film also happens to be Quentin Tarantino's favourite film. In fact Tarantino liked Rolling Thunder so much...

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The Conversation – DVD & Blu-Ray Reissue

The Conversation – DVD & Blu-Ray Reissue

"I don't know anything about human nature. I don't know anything about curiosity." says Harry Caul, the man at the heart of The Conversation, to his colleague Stan. This is a bit odd because they are security experts who make their living from bugging people. Only someone utterly lacking in self-knowledge, or...

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Utterly mental: Bunraku – Review

Utterly mental: Bunraku – Review

If you liked the art direction of Sin City and enjoy kung-fu films whose primary aim is to have as many moves per second as there are frames, then you'll love this. Here at TFR, we get a lot of films to review, and while I'm content to sit down and immerse myself while maintaining a reviewer's mindset, it's a...

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A light in the darkness: War of Resistance review

A light in the darkness: War of Resistance review

If you've seen countless films featuring the struggle of the Jewish people throughout the Holocaust and beyond, you might assume you'd be familiar with the topic. War of Resistance proves this is not the case. Most films based around the Second World War, and more specifically the Nazi regime, tend to go down...

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Miracle at St. Anna – DVD Review

Miracle at St. Anna – DVD Review

"War. What is it good for? Absolutely nothing." Edwin Starr was right, but war is even worse when it is forgotten. In The Miracle at Santa Anna Spike Lee has focussed on a less-known but vitally important corner of US military history: the involvement of black troops in the liberation of Europe. But the film...

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Hydrophobia: Sanctum review

Hydrophobia: Sanctum review

Films involving water and a stranded cast usually don't end very well. Sanctum doesn't pull any punches, and for fans of survival stories (or diving), it's bound to draw you in. Surprisingly, Sanctum is actually partially based on the personal experiences of co-writer Andrew Wight. Having led an expedition...

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Route Irish DVD review

Route Irish DVD review

Route Irish burns with a searing sense of the injustice of Britain’s involvement in Iraq war and the privatisation of modern conflict. But if this you think this means it is boring, you’d be wrong. It might have a steely moral core, but the action is fast, the characters believable and the twists...

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Thrillers get serious: I Saw the Devil review

Thrillers get serious: I Saw the Devil review

Korean films are an area of cinema becoming ever more noticeable on our radar, thanks to The Good, The Bad, The Weird and the fantastic Oldboy. But will it continue to impress Western audiences? What we've seen in terms of major releases out of South Korea so far has been impressive to the degree that we...

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