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Dreamworks Animation’s new film Home follows the story of an alien called Oh (Jim Parsons) of the species Boov, and his unlikely friendship with a human girl Tip (Rihanna), who has been separated from her mother during the Boov’s benign take-over of Earth. The plot is fairly unexciting and it lacks the originality and quirkiness […]

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Cult Column

It is easy to think only of Dreamworks or Disney productions when we consider animated films, perhaps initially forgetting about more arthouse examples like the works of Hayao Miyazaki, or Spike Jonze’s short Mourir Aupres de Toi. It seems we are almost reluctant to categorise these films as animations because they seem more akin to art […]

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Jupiter Ascending

The origins of Jupiter Ascending did not inspire hope in the hearts of viewers, with the original trailers of Channing Tatum in guy-liner of dubious quality, and the release date pushed back from the summer to February to give them more time to amp up the visual effects. Still, it came from the collective minds […]

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The Homesman

The on-screen presence of Hilary Swank is such a rarity that I was excited to see her performance alongside Tommy Lee Jones in what appeared to be a potentially fascinating, twisted Western. Gone however, are the days of Million Dollar Baby and in its place we have Swank playing the stony-faced, bonnet-wearing Mary Bee Cuddy, […]

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The Drop

Tom Hardy, alongside James Gandolfini in his final role, gives gripping performances in Dennis Lehane’s latest crime thriller. The film centers around a bar called Marv’s, overseen by Gandolfini’s character and tended to by his cousin Bob (Hardy). Used by Brooklyn’s underworld as a place to stash dirty money in a time of need, Lehane […]

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Life After Beth

Neither a real zombie apocalypse film nor a real teen romance, Jeff Baena’s Life After Beth shows us a somewhat shielded view of the return of the dead, seen from the perspective of Zach (Dane DeHaan) mourning the death of his girlfriend, before discovering days later that she has crawled out of her grave and back into her house.

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The Riot Club

Glossy movie brings to life the dirty deeds of the young money student elite