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The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra: a review

The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra: a review

Ever seen a cheesy sci-fi movie? Bad special effects, horrendous script, bizarre characters and virtually no discernible plot whatsoever? If you had a laugh, you might just love this film. Some films are made without the director intending it to be enjoyed purely because it's just that bad. The Room and Troll...

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Review: Sam Riley and Antonia Riseborough in Brighton Rock

Review: Sam Riley and Antonia Riseborough in Brighton Rock

When a character in a movie can't manage to put the phone back on the hook, you know they're in trouble. With an old mac dripping wet, a frightened man drops the phone and runs out of the old red phone box and back into the rain. He's being chased, in a brown pre-digital world of tea dances, vinyl records and the...

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Zebra Crossing – movie review

Zebra Crossing – movie review

The high rise estates of South London don't often feature in films, but that's about to change with the new British movie Zebra Crossing. Tower blocks don't so much feature, as dominate the lives of Justin, Tommy, Billy and Sean, the principal characters in the film. The lads are balanced between their...

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Review: 127 Hours

Review: 127 Hours

Loud, bright and crazy sums up 127 Hours, Danny Boyle’s latest film, as well as its hero drawn from real life. Otherwise it is an epic story of human endurance, troubled introspection and the all-consuming determination to live. It also reminds us not to buy cheap Chinese army-knives and to always, always leave...

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Chasing Ripples: Catfish

Chasing Ripples: Catfish

It's so, so difficult to categorise this film. Documentary? Mockumentary? Faux-documentary? No one knows. But what else is it? Amazing. Let me try and describe to you the effect this film has on people watching it in the cinema. At first, you've got your trailers, right? People chatting, taking the whizz...

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Just the tonic: Freakonomics

Just the tonic: Freakonomics

If you're one of those slightly geeky nutters who loves a documentary that throws up some of the most fascinating uses of statistics in popular culture you've ever seen, or a film about corruption in sumo wrestling and naming children for success, then you're in luck. Twice. I'll admit, I'm a hardcore...

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Review: George Clooney in The American

Review: George Clooney in The American

The notion of being a highly paid, much-in-demand craftsman who can command big money working for yourself is an attractive one. Unless, of course, that job involves killing people. That's the situation the hero faces in The American. The problem being that not only is killing people not a lot of fun, but it...

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Somewhere – a review

Somewhere – a review

Somewhere is the kind of film that if I hadn't been feeling rather melancholic and excited about spending and hour or so wallowing in my own self pity, would have really dragged and left me feeling as numb as the film's protagonist. Fortunately it didn't and I left feeling rather more upbeat about my life, and...

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Review: Miral presents a Palestinian perspective

Review: Miral presents a Palestinian perspective

You don't have to be particularly interested in international politics to feel like you know something about the Israel - Palestine conflict. There's barely a week when it doesn't seem to be in the news. But with all the manoeuvring by statesmen and diplomats, it's easy to forget that human drama is at the heart...

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The London 48 Hour Film Project: Review

The London 48 Hour Film Project: Review

Last night the first screening of films made in this year's London 48 Hour Film Project took place at the Prince Charles cinema, Leicester Square. After an exhausting 48 hours filming and editing, 23 teams submitted their short films, all of which had to contain the following elements - Character: Sam or...

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