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Le Mans ’66

After receiving widespread acclaim for his direction of Logan, James Mangold’s return with Le Mans ’66 (titled Ford v Ferrari in North America) once again demonstrates his ability to evoke awe and adrenaline while largely avoiding the cringes and eye rolls that tend to plague petrolhead pictures. Tasked with breaking Ferrari’s long-running domination of the […]

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Downsizing

The general concept of Downsizing, that of shrinking people down as a solution to over-population, is instantly intriguing. The final product however, whilst flirting with moments of greatness, never quite manages to fully utilise the excellent world it builds. Director Alexander Payne is no stranger to movies exploring how people facing momentous life events, having […]

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Suburbicon

In his latest collaboration with the Coen brothers, George Clooney the actor shone in his whimsical portrayal of a politically confused film star in Hail Ceasar! As a director, however, Clooney seems to still be playing the role of a politically confused film star – only this time it’s not funny, it’s simply a failure. […]

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The Great Wall

I went into The Great Wall, a film about ancient China starring two white actors, with low expectations. However, I was immediately distracted from my political agenda by the beautiful Chinese landscapes and exciting CGI. Right away there was a sense of mystery and tension, and there was no time wasted  in introducing what turned out […]

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The Martian

After the languorous Exodus; Gods and Kings, and the misguided Alien prequel, Prometheus, The Martian is a triumphant return to form for Ridley Scott. It is as surprising as it is welcome – Scott doesn’t make fun movies, certainly none set in space (observe the chest-bursting horror of Alien, the technological pessimism of Bladerunner). But, […]