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Nightmare Alley Review

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ “Nightmare Alley” is a feast for the senses, a visually delectable film filled with some rather unsavoury content. In simple terms, it could be called a retelling of the story of Icarus, as the protagonist, Stanton Carlisle (Bradley Cooper), flies too close to the sun in his attempts to con dangerous people out […]

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Culture Film

Last Night in Soho: A Well-intentioned Mess

Rating: ⭐⭐ Edgar Wright’s much-anticipated new release, Last Night in Soho, is a visual extravaganza of a time-warping thriller on trauma, sexual assault, and righting the wrongs of our past. We follow aspiring fashion designer Eloise (Thomasin McKenzie) as, upon moving to London, she begins to have vivid visions of Soho in the 1960s. Eloise’s […]

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Culture Theatre

Looking Good Dead Review

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Looking Good Dead is a surprisingly hilarious thriller starring Adam Woodyatt (better known as Ian from Eastenders). The play focuses on a dysfunctional nuclear family living in suburban Brighton and the absolute carnage that ensues when the father brings home a memory stick left behind by another passenger on a train. When his son […]

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Reviews TV

Reviewed: Soulmates

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ There’s some really interesting stuff going on in Amazon’s Soulmates. Despite being dangerously close to a Black Mirror spin-off, the series makes a real stab at trying to carve out its own niche, approaching each episode with an eye for subtlety and an impulse to explore the furthest corners of its warped world, […]

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Film Reviews

I Care a Lot

I Care a Lot is a film with a masterful premise, a first-rate cast, a suitably unnerving score, and just a few too many implausibilities to be spectacular. The story follows the Machiavellian and morally bankrupt Marla Grayson (Rosamund Pike), a ruthless con woman with a bleached Pan Am smile and a highly versatile wardrobe. […]

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Cult Column Film

Cult Column: Prisoners, Denis Villeneuve’s masterful modern thriller

The director of Dune has much more to offer in his back-catalogue. The highly anticipated, star-studded Dune adaptation has meant its director, Denis Villeneuve, is suddenly in the spotlight, even before his creation is on our screens. Even though it has not yet been released, the film seems to already have secured spot in mainstream […]

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Film Reviews

Rebecca remade: Netflix fails to please in a disappointing adaptation

Poor characterisation and chemistry produce a mediocre reworking of du Maurier’s classic novel Rebecca, based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier, has officially made its Netflix debut. Attempting to succeed the novel’s previous adaptation, made in 1941 by none other than Alfred Hitchcock, is no mean feat and in this case, whether or not […]

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TV

The Haunting of Bly Manor

The long awaited sequel to Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House has finally been released, and it certainly lives up to the hype. With a new house, a new cast of characters, and a new plot, The Haunting of Bly Manor could have easily been a major disappointment. Instead, it was a bingeable, thrilling, and […]