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Alan Rickman: a tribute

“I don’t play villains, I play very interesting people”, said one of the finest actors of our generation when met with interrogation from a young fan. The droll response characterised the lauded career of Alan Rickman, but told only a half-truth. The characters he portrayed; from the tragic Severus Snape to the Machiavellian Hans Gruber […]

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The Franchise Strikes Back

At the time of writing this article, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has earned more than $1.6bn at the global box office and is the fourth highest grossing film of all time, set to surpass 2015’s Jurassic World at third within the coming days, and still to make an impact upon Asia, as a result […]

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Black Mass

“It’s not what you do. It’s when and where you do it. And who you do it to, or with”, A strong lesson from a transformed Johnny Depp in Black Mass; a film following the criminal career of infamous Irish-American mobster James “Whitey” Bulger. In a long awaited return to form, Depp portrays the protagonist with […]

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A look forward to the Africa in Motion Film Festival

From the 23rd of October to the 1st of November, Edinburgh and Glasgow will once again be hosts of the Africa in Motion Film Festival. Founded in 2006, the annual festival aims to introduce Scottish audiences to African cinema and culture through an eclectic mix of films, director Q&A’s, and music events showcasing some of […]

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It’s a mad, mad, Mad Max world

Welcome back, one and all, to the world of Mad Max; a dystopian nightmare of oil, blood and twisted metal, where War Boys pray at the altars of the holy V8 and cruel gods rule over the wretched, unwashed masses. “As the world fell, each of us in our own way was broken. It was […]

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Films for April

Well folks, it’s almost that time of year again. The dreaded day that sets April as a month full of “fun” and “jocularity”, a day where everyone on the internet asks each other “did you hear what happened to (insert celebrity name here)!?” and good ‘friends’ decide it’s funny to superglue miscellaneous objects to unsuspecting […]

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Wild Card

Everyone loves Jason “The Stath” Statham. He’s become known for the no-nonsense-younger-than-Ray-Winstone-yet-more-refined-than-Vinnie-Jones vibe that Hollywood loves in a movie hard man. His typecasting as an antihero is well-justified; it’s what he does best. So imagine this writer’s surprise when he appeared in a film professing itself to be a crime-action thriller which is neither action-packed […]

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An Unspoken Truth

It is too often that the effects of mental illness, and the experiences of those suffering from it, go unnoticed by the people closest to them. Yet the subject itself has been a staple in cinema for much of the past century, either as a major theme or as a background element. This is not surprising- […]