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Crying at Cruella: A Love Letter to the Cinema

Undeniably, my friend and I were excited to plan a day at the cinema after lockdown restrictions were lifted. We squealed when we booked the tickets, and as we took the tram to the Vue at the Printworks, we were nearly jumping out of our seats.  However, despite our excitement, I was not prepared for […]

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Cruella review: Two Emmas for the price of one

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Orphaned in London the young Estella, not yet Cruella,  meets her sidekicks for the rest of the film, the street thieves Jasper and Horace. She, along with her dog, joins their gang and takes part in many swish pick-pocketing sequences, aided by their adorable dogs. She is happy, but never lets go of […]

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Zombieland: Double Tap

The first Zombieland from 2009 was a surprise hit that has gained somewhat of a cult following. Despite the long wait, the sequel, Zombieland: Double Tap, is an enjoyable, welcome return to the world and its characters, even if it feels more disposable this time around. From the very beginning, it is abundantly clear that […]

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The Favourite

There’s one scene in Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Favourite that rises above the impulses and practices of his hip nihilism, and shows something worth looking at and thinking about. A candlelit hall is the setting, dark as pitch with suggestions of golden flames and bright, made- up faces, who are attending a dance. The Duchess of Marlborough, […]

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A glorious feeling: musicals on screen

La La Land is where Damien Chazelle and his team are right now after breaking the record for the most Golden Globes ever won, and equalling the record for the most Oscar nominations. It’s been called one of the most original and inventive films in a long time, despite its deep association with, and adoration […]

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Irrational Man

  Early on in Irrational Man, Joaquin Phoenix cynically declares that there is a significant difference between the worlds discussed by philosophers and the world that those philosophers actually live in. This sentiment provides the driving force behind the latest effort from renowned director, Woody Allen; which follows Phoenix’s jaded philosophy lecturer, Abe Lucas as […]