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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]