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Trash

Trash has been shallowly pitched as Rio’s equivalent to Slumdog Millionaire. Sure, the favelas provide an equally vivid, energetic setting as the slums of Mumbai, but Stephen Daldry’s action/adventure/drama/thriller undoubtedly suffers from such comparisons. Overall, the film is more than a little messy with so many genres incorporated in a film so fast paced. It’s […]

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What We Do in the Shadows

The premise of this film is more than a little zany — a mockumentary about four vampires in a Wellington flat share. It’d be a lot more zany if it wasn’t tempered by the perfect execution of that Kiwi deadpan. Mockumentaries, vampires — in less capable hands the lampooning would seem dated (see 2010’s Vampires […]

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Cult Column

Films about The Troubles in Northern Ireland (NI) are tricky, it’s still a hugely inflammable subject; inextricably tied in with religion and politics which are already inflammatory subjects in any case.

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‘71

This film is terse, it hits you like a rubber bullet to the temple. It is a particularly thrilling watch largely because it is set in an urban conflict zone with a bona fide recent historical grounding.

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I, Origins

I, origins is laboriously profound for a film with a pun for a title — this profundity mainly being communicated through lengthy close ups of various eyes.