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Month: November 2013

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Film Review: ‘Saving Santa’

★★☆☆☆ Released just in time for the festive period, Saving Santa (2013) is yet another animation given the cinematic treatment despite being planned as a DTV feature. Directed by Leon Joosen and Aaron Seelman, it’s a fairly watchable jaunt that’s high on Christmas spirit […]

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Film Review: ‘Leviathan’

★★★★☆ The latest remarkable offering from Harvard University’s Sensory Ethnography Lab (whose additional credits include Sweetgrass, Foreign Parts and the upcoming Manakamana), Lucien Castiang-Taylor and Verena Paravel’s hulking behemoth of a documentary, Leviathan (2012), rightly caught the eye after scooping up the top prize […]

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Film Review: ‘Carrie’

★★★☆☆ Why would a director take it upon themselves to remake a film which has achieved near mythical status? Take Carrie (1976), Brian De Palma’s iconic visualisation of Stephen King’s seminal shocker, which set the standard for the high-school horrors which would saturate the […]

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Blu-ray Review: ‘Heaven’s Gate’

★★★★★ Beginning with a graduation and ending with tears of regret, Michael Cimino’s Heaven’s Gate (1980) is a monumental piece of American cinema; an opulent leviathan that moves to its own strange rhythm. While its troubling conception and destructive aftermath are legendary, the picture […]

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Blu-ray Review: ‘Betty Blue’

★★★★★ One of the most iconic French offerings of the eighties, Jean Jacques Beineix’s Betty Blue (1986) not only filled cinemas and earned itself BAFTA and Oscar attention, but its César Award-winning poster found itself adorning the bedroom walls of those mesmerised by the […]

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DVD Review: ‘The Wolverine’

★★★☆☆ Hugh Jackman returns to the franchise that made his name for a fifth time in The Wolverine (2013), a serviceable if somewhat anaemic entry that continues to investigate the X-Men series’ chief protagonist in a more personal fashion, all the while bogging itself […]

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DVD Review: ‘Red 2’

★★☆☆☆ Robert Schwentke’s Red (2010) came as a minor surprise. This first story of ageing spies being hunted out of retirement was an enjoyable romp; an action film that didn’t merely coast on the names of its high profile stars. Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, […]

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DVD Review: ‘The Heat’

★★★☆☆ Raking in some serious dough at this summer’s box office, Paul Feig’s follow-up to his equally lucrative mega-hit Bridesmaids (2011) once again takes that riotous comedy model and captures it from a distinctly female perspective. Using the traditionally masculine and male-dominated buddy cop […]