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FILM REVIEW: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (J. J. Abrams, 2015)

There would have been a few wet seats last Thursday after the premiere of J.J. Abram’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Having waited what seems like an eternity for another good Star Wars film, the nerds have finally got their wish. Set 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, the gang are back, with some fresh faces added into the mix. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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FILM REVIEW: Ex Machina

Ex Machina (Alex Garland, 2015)

Ex Machina is one of the best films of the year thus far: smart, thought-provoking, brilliantly acted and well-crafted. But thinking about it for too long may cause your brain to implode. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Ex Machina

FILM REVIEW: A Most Violent Year

A Most Violent Year (J.C. Chandor, 2014)

Still a relative newbie on the scene, director and writer J.C. Chandor has quickly proved he can play up there with the big guns. His feature debut Margin Call, a fictional take on the early stages of the global financial crisis, earned him an Oscar nod for best original screenplay, which he followed up with the one-man-on-a-boat thriller, All is Lost. Both involved potentially dull storylines (surely there’s nothing more boring than finance?) but somehow he managed to grab his audience by the balls and secure their undivided attention. His latest feature, A Most Violent Year, is exquisitely directed, and the dialogue is golden, but this time a dull story didn’t quite cut it. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: A Most Violent Year

FILM REVIEW: The Two Faces of January

The Two Faces of January (Hossein Amimi, 2014)

Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Isaac & Kirsten Dunst
Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Isaac & Kirsten Dunst

I have no idea what the title means but think The Talented Mr. Ripley and you’ll have a rough idea about what type of movie this is going to be. Based on a book by the same author (Patricia Highsmith), The Two Faces of January follows an American con artist, Rydal (Oscar Isaac) in Athens who gets caught up helping a couple on the run from the law. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Two Faces of January

FILM REVIEW: Inside Llewyn Davis

Inside Llewyn Davis (Ethan & Joel Coen, 2013)

I probably should have known I wasn’t going to enjoy this. I am yet to actually like a Coen brothers film. It’s not that they make bad films, they’re just not my cup of tea at all. They tend to be pretty drab, and from memory, not a lot happens. I’m not actually sure because I’ve forgotten what most of them were about. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Inside Llewyn Davis