Film Reviews

Kuma – Review

Kuma – Review

Kuma begins at a wedding in a small mountain village in Turkey, although most of the action takes place in a flat in Vienna. The film's protagonists travel a great distance from the joy of a nuptial, but they never quite leave behind their old village ways. The wedding is between beautiful country girl...

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Planes – Review

Planes – Review

It's safe to say that Disney just gets it when it comes to making animated movies. With its colourful characters, slick graphics and witty script, Disney's Planes is a heart-warming family flick which will have both adults and children giggling for different reasons.   Planes has a...

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Spring Breakers – Review

Spring Breakers – Review

“My name’s Alien, my real name’s Al – but truf be told, I’m not from this planet y’all” – so claims James Franco’s corn-roed gangster in Harmony Korine’s latest cinematic offering. It’s a description that might more appropriately be anchored to the film itself. Spring Breakers...

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Kiki’s Delivery Service – Review

Kiki’s Delivery Service – Review

Another day, another Ghibli anime for Blu-Ray. This time we're going back to 1989, when Hayao Miyazaki took inspiration from a novel by Eiko Kadono, and decided stereotypical broomstick wielding witches with black cats, evil plots and spine-chilling cackles were yesterday's news. Take away the schemes and...

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Blancanieves

Blancanieves

Fairy tale movies seem to be more popular than ever at the moment, but few of them can have featured a chicken-cam before. Blancanieves is an idiosyncratically Spanish telling of Snow White, where seeing the world through the eyes of young heroine's pet chicken is just one of a host of unexpected...

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From Up On Poppy Hill – Review

From Up On Poppy Hill – Review

You know how some movies make you roll your eyes, because those goggles which are too firmly attached to your eyes, are clouded with cynicism? Well, From Up On Poppy Hill is an animation which could very easily smash a hole in them and make you aww out loud. In public. From the makers of Spirited Away and...

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Reality – Review

Reality – Review

Reality is a hefty word to title a film with, until you stick 'TV' after it. This film does ask questions about what is real, but the title also refers to that genre of television programme that has very little to do with reality but somehow gets big viewing figures. Like 'real' reality it takes a while to get...

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Cleopatra – 50th Anniversary rerelease

Cleopatra – 50th Anniversary rerelease

[Sound of trumpets] Cleopatra approaches. The queen of Egypt is one of the great figures of history and was so beautiful that for Shakespeare she "beggar'd all description". In 1963 she was embodied by the "greatest movie star of all", Elizabeth Taylor. The perfect fit you might think, but the...

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Pacific Rim – Review

Pacific Rim – Review

Inter-dimensional breaches housing gargantuan alien Kaiju, Ron Perlman wearing golden shoes, colossal mecha-warriors and Idris Elba with a nosebleed. All of this and more can be found in Guillermo Del Toro’s triumphant monster mash-up, Pacific Rim. Set in a world initially identical to our own, the...

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The Deep (2012) – Review

The Deep (2012) – Review

Ever wanted to be a fly on the wall after the credits ended? See heroes go home, sit down, and process what just happens? Welcome to The Deep. The Deep feels like a complete film. An entire narrative that doesn't just end with that cheesy moment of victory where everyone's hugging and things are going to be...

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