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The Many Saints of Newark – Review

Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐ A strange feeling of anxious anticipation and dread hung over me as I took my seat to finally see The Many Saints of Newark, the long-awaited cinematic prequel to The Sopranos. I just couldn’t bear the thought of a Godfather Part Three-style let down, wherein an ingeniously created universe is tragically stained […]

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No justice, no peace process

Carol Ann Kelly was murdered forty years ago in Northern Ireland. But she wasn’t killed by a paramilitary gunman from either side of the aisle, unionist or republican. She was instead killed by an arm of the British state when, at twelve years old, she was pelted in the back of the head with rubber […]

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BBC’s Time Review

TW: Mentions of rape/abuse Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The latest BBC crime drama to bless our screens, Time, is an outstanding triumph. Not only is it masterfully crafted, continuously both terrifying and heart-breaking, it sends a profoundly important message to a nation whose prison system is in dire need of radical reform. Sean Bean stars as […]

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A Quiet Place Part II – Review

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ When A Quiet Place silenced cinemas across the globe in terror and awe back in 2018, its creators never intended to release a follow up. Even when director and lead actor John Krasinski became fixated on the idea of reproducing the success of his directorial debut, he failed to inspire both Scott Beck […]

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“What’s next, mate?” Though watchable, Line of Duty misses the mark

Rating – ⭐⭐⭐ Attempting to appease millions of passionate viewers, as well as wrapping up an enthralling yet exceedingly complex story that has been almost a decade in the making, was never going to be easy. I don’t envy Jed Mercurio, Line of Duty’s ingenious creator. But the bitter truth is that this final instalment […]

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Cult Column: A Quiet Place

Given that a delayed sequel is set to be released in March of this year, there has never been a more apt time to talk about A Quiet Place, an innovative and important sci-fi scare-fest that gave hope to horror. A Quiet Place arrived at a pivotal moment in April of 2018. Whilst independent films […]

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Cult Column: The Sopranos

To describe the brilliance of David Chase’s The Sopranos within a few hundred words is an insurmountable task. The iconic crime drama amassed over a hundred awards and is universally adored by critics and viewers alike. Yet this show isn’t just exceptional – it’s a revolutionary, astonishing achievement that defiantly stands tall over a decade […]

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The Assistant

Content warning: Sexual assault, rape As Harvey Weinstein finally faces spending the rest of his days rotting in a prison cell, the world is still reeling from the revelations that shocked both Hollywood and the world alike and spawned the #MeToo movement. How could this be allowed to happen? How is it that society allows […]