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FILM REVIEW: A Simple Favour (2018)

Based on the book of the same name by Darcey Bell, A Simple Favour sees Stephanie Smothers (Anna Kendrick), a mummy blogger, trying to raise her young son (Joshua Satine) on her own while keeping up an Energiser bunny-like enthusiasm. Despite her willingness to get involved she hasn’t made many friends, and quickly becomes enamoured by one of the other mothers, the mysterious Emily Nelson (Blake Lively). After sharing a series of playdates where they drink cocktails and exchange secrets, Emily asks Stephanie for a simple favour while her husband (Henry Golding) is away: to pick up her son (Ian Ho) from school. A few days later, there’s still no sign of Emily. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: A Simple Favour (2018)

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Short ‘n’ Sweet Reviews: Passengers, Jackie & Moonlight

Lesson of the week: depressing films are usually the better ones. If you avoid them, boy are you missing out on a lot of quality cinema. One of the three films below had a happy ending, and it was bullshit. Continue reading Short ‘n’ Sweet Reviews: Passengers, Jackie & Moonlight

FILM REVIEW: Joy

Joy (David O. Russell, 2015)

If anyone can sell a mop, it’s Jennifer Lawrence. At face value, inventing and selling household appliances may not be the most thrilling of subject matter, however Joy is an intriguing look into the risk-taking game of business. A rags to riches story based loosely on the life of Joy Mangano, inventor of the ‘Miracle Mop’, Joy is ultimately an odd film. David O. Russell imbues this film with a frenetic vibe – not dissimilar to that in his previous films Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle – that takes a little getting used to. But if you’re willing to go with the flow, it’s a relatively fun – if a little too long – ride. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Joy

FILM REVIEW: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (Francis Lawrence, 2015)

I may be scorned for saying that The Hunger Games is my favourite trilogy, but give me teenagers fighting to the death over Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, or The Godfather any day. The first two films – The Hunger Games and Catching Fire – set a high bar for the dystopian future teen genre, with nothing yet coming close in quality. The first film instalment of the third book, Mockingjay, was somewhat underwhelming in comparison, serving merely as a set-up for the final showdown. But with Mockingjay Part 2 there’s a return to form, in what is the most thought-provoking film of the bunch. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

FILM REVIEW: Serena

Serena (Susanne Bier, 2014)

The combination of Hollywood darlings Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper seems like a sure-fire recipe for success. They lit up the big screen in previous collaborations Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, earning themselves multiple Oscar nominations and for Lawrence, even a win. However, warning bells start ringing when one discovers that Serena was filmed back in 2012, has struggled to find a distributor, and has now arrived with barely a whimper.
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FILM REVIEW: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (Francis Lawrence, 2014)
clairestbearestreviews_filmreview_hungergames_mockingjay_jenniferlawrence_posterAs exciting as the release of a new Hunger Games instalment can be, I had some reservations about Mockingjay – Part 1. Despite being the shortest book in the trilogy (by a few pages) its filmmakers are following in the footsteps of Harry Potter and the Twilight series and splitting the final novel in two – ah, that old chestnut.  Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

FILM REVIEW: X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past (Bryan Singer, 2014)

OH MY GOD. IT'S THE SAME GUY.
OH MY GOD. IT’S THE SAME GUY.

It was tempting to assume that the latest X-Men instalment would be just another boring film in a long line of big blockbuster/ action/ superhero/ sci-fi movies that insist on infesting cinemas. One of just another franchise that won’t go away because the general public has heinous taste in films. And so it was refreshing to find that on the contrary, Days of Future Past wasn’t actually half bad.  Continue reading FILM REVIEW: X-Men: Days of Future Past