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Fury Review

“Ideals are peaceful. History is violent.” Brad Pitt’s Don “Wardaddy” Collier deliver’s Fury’s movie poster quote with the air of exhaustion one can only imagine comes from years of fighting in the Second World War. And exhausting is the word that sums up the experience of watching Fury, written and directed by David Ayer. War…

7 Second Reviews: Inside Llewyn Davis

The Coen brothers carry a reputation for good films for very good reasons. Even if you hated Burn After Reading, their works over the years have always been excellently crafted and delivered with skill and finesse. Inside Llewyn Davis is by no means bucking this trend. The story of the titular character trying to succeed as a country singer…

The Railway Man Review

Nothing like a true story to tug at the heartstrings. The Railway Man tells the story of Eric Lomax (Colin Firth as the older Lomax, Jeremy Irvine as his younger self), a man with a troubled past living a haunted life in the present in a film that manages to leave its mark quite effectively. Obsessed with…

12 Years A Slave Review

Harrowing? Not even close. 12 Years A Slave is a monumental piece of cinema that does little to soften the blow visually and emotionally as it strikes at the heart with emotive, graphic and brutal depictions of the life of a slave in the 19th century. Based on the book of the same name, we follow the…

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7 Second Reviews: The Butler

With Forest Whitaker starring in a solid performance as Cecil Gaines, The Butler takes us through the story of the black civil rights movement beginning with Gaines’ brutal childhood in slavery and his rise as a butler in the White House. The film is long but thorough, although the swift beginning cuts the emotion a…

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Review

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is much better than the first instalment in the series. Is it actually a good film though? My answer is… well, sort of. Continuing on from the first film The Hunger Games, and based on Suzanne Collins’ phenomenally successful novels, Catching Fire throws Katniss Everdeen back into the action with…

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7 Second Reviews: The Counsellor

Ridley Scott, Michael Fassbender, Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz… big scalp after big scalp. As they say, “the bigger the rise, the harder the fall”. The Counsellor falls down in outstanding fashion on nearly every count. The plot is utterly confusing, feeling more like an afterthought than anything substantial. The writer, No Country For Old…

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Gravity Review

“Space is disease and danger wrapped in darkness and silence.” “In space, no one can hear you scream.” “Life in space is impossible.” Gravity does the delightfully terrifying job of backing the generally considered notion that space is not the ideal place to hang out. Alfonso Cuarón‘s latest feature is his first since 2006’s gritty…

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Don Jon Review

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is Don Jon. He loves his pad, his car, his boys, his girls, his family, his God, and his porn. Probably his porn more than anything else. In this matter-of-fact look at porn addiction, and Gordon-Levitt‘s writer/directorial debut, we meet Jon – a lost soul whose only satisfaction in life comes from masturbating…