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Captor Audiences: Robert Pattinson and the Perils of Teen Stardom

This article was originally published in print on the 23rd March When my flatmates and I bought tickets to see Robert Pattinson’s The Batman, we were wholeheartedly expecting to leave the cinema feeling as if we had seen a new chapter of Edward Cullen’s life. Perhaps he had grown bored of being a tortured, grumpy […]

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Don’t Look Up

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ When astronomers Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence) and Dr. Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio) discover a meteorite that will cause an extinction-level event in six months, they must get the news out. After telling the President (Meryl Streep) about the catastrophic event, they are promptly ignored amid campaign worries and realise they must tell the world themselves. What follows is a satirical allegory of society, and the science world’s futile warnings about climate change, by an A-Lister cast […]

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Film Reviews

Mother!

Darren Aronofsky loves seeing his characters beaten down by a good theme. Take Requiem for a Dream (2000), in which Jared Leto and co are ripped apart by addiction, or Black Swan (2010), in which Natalie Portman is destroyed by her quest for perfection. In Mother! Aronofsky has cleverly opted for creation as his destructive […]

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Editorial

It is high time I stopped apologising for your willy-waving

After a meeting in which she was consistently ignored by (male) client representatives, a close friend and colleague of mine was told by a senior, female colleague: “Don’t worry, they’re just doing a bit of willy-waving, once you start to look older you’ll learn to just wave your willy right back.” I assumed that this […]

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Film

Joy

Jennifer Lawrence dazzles in her third collaboration with writer-director David O’Russell as she plays struggling single mother and self-wringing miracle mop inventor, Joy Mangano. Based on a true tale of one woman’s unfailing determination and persistence in becoming a self-made business tycoon in a predominantly male-oriented environment, this film follows an underdog story without the […]