Category Archives: Reviews

Oblivion

My requirements for a satisfying science fiction movie are simple – spaceships, aliens, big space/landscapes, flashing lights and a bit of tech. Oblivion has all of these, it also contains many of the elements that I have loved from a … Continue reading

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Lincoln

There is little doubt that the proposal and vote for the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America was one of the defining moments of 19th-century history, if not all modern history. The amendment had the … Continue reading

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Les Miserables

Many years ago, I went to the West End to see Les Miserables during the London musical feeding frenzy that saw Les Mis pitted against Phantom of the Opera. Tickets had to be bought months in advance and so I … Continue reading

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The Impossible

Having grown up on the Disaster Movies of the 70s and 80s, there is one thing I am very sure of about The Impossible. This is no disaster movie. Instead, we are given just a small glimpse into the unimaginable … Continue reading

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Quartet

Maybe it’s just a sign that I’m getting older, but I do draw comfort from movies that don’t rely on superheroes and action heroes to grab my unreliable attention span. While I appreciate Batman as much as the next moviegoer, … Continue reading

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Life of Pi

Ang Lee has a poetic soul, with the ability to paint all areas of human experience with a colour that highlights all that is meaningful. I know this is true because The Hulk is the exception that proves it. Brokeback … Continue reading

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Seven Psychopaths

Marty is a screenwriter with writer’s block. He wants to write a script called Seven Psychopaths but he wants it not to be violent but life affirming. No final shoot outs, no last man standing, just reasoned discussion around a … Continue reading

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Skyfall – Bond is back on form

Daniel Craig has achieved something rather astonishing with Skyfall, the latest in the 50-year old Bond franchise: he has completely filled the shoes of James Bond. Although, it’s fair to say, he has had to do a fair amount of … Continue reading

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End of Watch

Today I was lucky enough to see End of Watch a good five weeks ahead of its UK release on 23 November – thanks to the London Film Festival. Not only that, it also gave me the opportunity to catch … Continue reading

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Super Looper

I was nervous walking in to see Looper at the weekend, and not only because the cinema was surrounded by rugby fans. Science fiction is my favourite genre at the movies and the last time my hopes were built up … Continue reading

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