CineVue

Film reviews and more

Month: March 2019

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Film Review: Us

★★★★★ Hot from 2017 hit Get Out, comedian-turned-director Jordan Peele is back in the horror playhouse, confirming his preternatural, studied mastery of the genre. Forget the presumptive denial of terms of “elevated” and “post-horror” – Us is a true genre flick, polished […]

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Five movie diamonds in the rough

For as long as Hollywood has been making movies (since 1910, in case you’re wondering), the stars and luminaries of the industry have had a love affair with diamonds. They’ve long been a symbol of power, wealth, and status in […]

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Film Review: Sharkwater Extinction

★★★★☆ The late Rob Stewart’s activist documentary Sharkwater Extinction is an urgent and moving plea for action against the illegal trade in shark fins and more generally for the conservation of marine life in our rapidly dirtier and emptier oceans. […]

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Film Review: The White Crow

★★★★☆ Ralph Fiennes’ third directorial feature, The White Crow is an evocative portrait of Russian ballet star Rudolf Nureyev’s early career and defection to the West in 1961. Inspired by Julie Kavanagh’s biography, David Hare’s perceptive screenplay takes us from […]

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Film Review: Minding the Gap

★★★★☆ Documentary as self-therapy, the Oscar-nominated Minding the Gap arrives in the UK this week following a flurry of State-side plaudits – all of which are entirely justifiable. Chronicling the lives of himself and two friends from teenage years to […]

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Three of the best “unofficial” remakes

Although plagiarism is much more common in the music industry and scientific studies, it’s not unheard of in other areas of visual arts – namely filmmaking. After all, looking for inspiration in all the wrong places is, apparently, only human, […]

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Film Review: Ben Is Back

★★☆☆☆ Recalling last year’s First Reformed, Ben Is Back opens with a cross-cut between Holly Burns (Julia Roberts) watching her daughter Ivy (Kathryn Newton) practice in the church choir, and a hooded, vaping figure stalks towards their family home. That figure turns out […]

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Film Review: Benjamin

★★★☆☆ Released in UK cinemas this week, British actor and comedian Simon Amstell’s debut film Benjamin is a charming metropolitan rom-com which is ultimately too lightweight to escape the gravity of its influences. It’s a daring move to make the […]

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Michael B. Jordan’s top five roles

Michael B. Jordan already has an impressive resume as an actor. Between his acting chops, dashing good looks, and impressive physique, Hollywood is creating more and more impressive storylines for Jordan characters, and we’re not complaining. Here are our picks […]

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How late is too late for Indy 5?

Indiana Jones was, is and forever shall be the most famous archaeologist in the world. He may not be a superhero, but much like Bruce Wayne masquerades as Batman, mild-mannered lecturer and professor Indiana Jones has a secret second life, […]

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Film Review: Ray & Liz

★★★★★ Depicting British working class on film typically endures a mixed cinematic representation. Amongst illustrating life north of Watford as a poverty-ridden fuelled existence of nothingness, these inaccurate portrayals only serve to create a London centric approach to not only […]

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Film Review: Foxtrot

★★★★☆ Israeli filmmaker Samuel Maoz’s heart-rending family drama Foxtrot, starring Lior Ashkenazi, Sarah Adler and Yontan Shiray, explores the futility of war, love and loss. An ambitious melding of three distinctive parts, it opens with a middle-aged couple receiving devastating news. […]