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Review: Amsterdam

It had been shrouded in mystery for weeks, but glimmers of it through the trailer and the poster suggested Amsterdam would be a stylish period thriller competing for distinction against the many other revered films David O. Russell has created such: as American Hustle, The Fighter, or Silver Linings Playbook. Amsterdam does stand out from […]

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Culture Edinburgh International Film Festival Film Reviews

EIFF 2022: Resurrection Review

Resurrection, a slick new thriller from second-time writer-director Andrew Semans, wastes no time in establishing its protagonist and its stakes. Rebecca Hall plays Margaret, a businesswoman at a biotech company. She lives in a fancy apartment, listens to classical music, goes for intense runs after work and invites a married colleague over for sex when […]

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Fringe Theatre

Fringe 2022: 9 Circles Review

9 Circles is a psychological thriller and character study, exploring themes of soldiers’ personal responsibility for their wartime actions, and the immorality of war itself. It follows the character of Private Daniel Reeves (played by Joshua Collins) as he is discharged from the US army and tried in federal and military court for raping a […]

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Culture Film

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. […]