Jan 272016
 

spotlight-film

Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning investigation into the Catholic Church’s cover-up of widespread sexual abuse and pedophilia within the organisation, Spotlight is a unfussy look at journalists doing their job, and doing it well. The sharp script is delivered by a cast of considerable talent, and it’s easy to see why Spotlight is the recipient of six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.

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Apr 222015
 

ultron

It is now three years ago that The Avengers hit international cinemas, breaking Box Office records and sending adoring lifelong Marvel fans and appreciative film goers alike into a frenzy. Since then the Marvel Cinematic Universe has expanded with Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Captain America (Chris Evans) each scoring a new film, and the franchise shot into space with the nostalgic space opera Guardians of the Galaxy. Joss Whedon is back to write and direct Age of Ultron, which will deliver everything fans of the franchise could possibly hope for, while exceeding most of the prior instalments in scope and fun.

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Mar 212015
 

Infinitely polar bear

“Our Dad is totally polar bear” says Faith (Ashley Aufderheide) to her friends of her father, played by Mark Ruffalo. She of course means, bi-polar, but this little exchange is a perfect example of the warmth and humour which Infinitely Polar Bear employs to explore serious issues such as mental illness, race, working mothers and poverty. Review after the jump.

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Feb 012015
 

foxcatcher1

Films about white males living in a fantasy world are just about one of the most unoriginal and over-used dramatic structures around; that doesn’t mean they can’t be brilliant or interesting films, it’s just that we appear to be stuck inside of an obsessively male and delusional-culture mindset. This will come as a surprise to very few people (probably only to the aforementioned group of males). There are presently such an over-abundance of films that inhabit these fantasy worlds. There is no single reason why, just as there is no single way to engage with these fantasies. Examples currently in cinemas approach the topic with either total dedication (American Sniper), questioning exuberance (Birdman) or fascinated perplexity (Foxcatcher), being the three most prominent examples right now. These three films tend towards the destructive and the depressed.

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