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Tom & Jerry: The Movie review – don’t bother

Rating – ⭐⭐ Usually it’s easy to get a film review to an appropriate length – good films have plenty to rave about, bad films have plenty to rant about, and mediocre-to-unremarkable films can be broken down into their interesting parts. Tom and Jerry: The Movie, of all films, is somehow so unappealing, so vanilla, […]

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Film

Matthew McConaughey: heart-throb, movie star, Oscar winner,… governor of Texas?

It’d be crazy, of course, for a high-profile figure from the world of entertainment to suddenly and successfully transition into politics, and even crazier for them to reach the highest offices, wouldn’t it? No, actually, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 40 years. Entertainers have a better chance than anyone at […]

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Film

Reviewed: Paper Lives

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ If you’re interested in expanding your horizons beyond normal English-language film and TV, it’s not a bad idea to take a look at Turkish cinema, which has a long, rich history and steadily increasing popularity. And where better to start than with Paper Lives? Recently added to Netflix, this film by Can Ulkay […]

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TV

Your Honor initial impressions – Breaking Bad after budget cuts

Rating: ⭐⭐ On TV this week, Bryan Cranston plays an easy-going, jovial father, who is forced to spin a confounding web of deception and lies to cover up his involvement in crime as he descends deeper into a violent underworld. Sadly, the clocks haven’t been wound back 10 years, and Breaking Bad (2008-2013) isn’t what’s […]

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Reviewed: Soulmates

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ There’s some really interesting stuff going on in Amazon’s Soulmates. Despite being dangerously close to a Black Mirror spin-off, the series makes a real stab at trying to carve out its own niche, approaching each episode with an eye for subtlety and an impulse to explore the furthest corners of its warped world, […]

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Book vs Film: Carrie

Almost every one of Stephen King’s books has been put to film, with some standout hits (Misery, The Shawshank Redemption) and some embarrassing failures (The Dark Tower, Maximum Overdrive). But it all started with Carrie – King’s first major published novel and first film adaptation. It’s disappointing to see, then, that Brian De Palma’s Carrie […]

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Soulmates

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ In the last decade, mainstream science fiction TV has been preoccupied with a key idea: How could imminent progress in technology enable the worst in human tendencies? A steady stream of shows have followed, but of these, Black Mirror (2011-2019) is the best known, and it’s also the best example of the pitfalls […]

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Film

An obituary for Christopher Plummer: one of the greats

When the world thinks of Christopher Plummer, who died a fortnight ago at the age of 91, it’s a tragedy that the vast majority will only remember his performance as Captain Von Trapp in the acclaimed 1965 film The Sound of Music. This was an actor of versatility first and foremost. With a career spanning […]