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Hacksaw Ridge

It is practically a certainty that every year, around awards season, an ambitious director will attempt to seduce the Oscar panel with a glossy, dramatic war epic attempting the same majesty as Saving Private Ryan. The war genre has seen contemporary hits, such as Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper (2014) and David Ayer’s Fury (2014), enjoy […]

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Hell or High Water

Brotherhood is a theme which has been analysed a great deal throughout the history of cinema; however Hell or High Water’s dissection is poignantly unique and thoroughly refreshing. The film follows brothers Tanner (Ben Foster) and Toby (Chris Pine) as they work to save their family ranch by robbing the various branches of the bank […]

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Kubo and the Two Strings

Laika entertainment has been a forerunner in the animation industry for over a decade now but they have particularly outdone themselves with their newest feature, Kubo and the Two Strings. The film follows Kubo (Art Parkinson) on the run from his god-like grandfather, the Moon King (Ralph Fiennes), while he follows in his father’s footsteps […]

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Nerve

The internet is no stranger to critics who view social media culture as the downfall of society but it is rarely taken seriously to the point of a thought experiment which dares to question what if an aspect of social media was taken to the point of total moral infringement. Nerve follows Vee (Emma Roberts) […]

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Star Trek Beyond

Being a fan of both the original series and J.J. Abrams’ film series I was originally sceptical of Justin Lin’s Star Trek Beyond. While sci-fi is no stranger to big blockbuster action sequences and scenery to gawk at it is usually at the base of a deeper point or commentary about our society today. Star Trek […]

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Marvel vs DC: Is the marketing war movie kryptonite?

Over the past year audiences have watched as Marvel and DC have waged an all-out marketing war to hype up their two mega blockbusters: Captain America: Civil War and Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. Both films are set to make important contributions to the superhero film genre; being the first of their kind to […]

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Dad’s Army

The nature of this film’s release has irritated me for some time, primarily due to the absence of demand for production. There has been no public outcry like over the making of The Force Awakens nor has there been any call for a remake like with The X-Files. It seems to exist simply because it […]

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The Peanuts Movie

  Making The Peanuts Movie must have been like juggling two enormous boulders. On the one hand is the original source material, which by this point has spanned two generations of eager moviegoers and newspaper readers alike, with enough running gags and charm to fill a palace. On the other sits today’s attitudes and audiences; […]