Review: Chemical Hearts (2020) – Teenage Philosophy

Austin Abrams and Lili Reinhart in Chemical Hearts Just before 2020 took a nosedive and we all rushed inside our houses and plugged ourselves into Amazon Prime, Netflix and other streaming services, Netflix released the similarly themed yet vastly superior All The Bright Places onto their service. Much like Chemical Hearts it handled mental illness, …

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Review: Babyteeth (2020) – Dead Already

Essie Davis, Toby Wallace, Eliza Scanlen and Ben Mendelsohn in Babyteeth Among last year's Little Women remake's many achievements is the fact it put Eliza Scanlen on the map as an actor to watch and Shannon Murphy's Babyteeth further solidifies her impending stardom. However it does so in a film that despite some occasionally heartbreaking …

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Review: Proxima (2020) – Pull The Ripcord

Eva Green and Zélie Boulant in Proxima My first trip back to cinemas was to see Alice Winocour's Proxima at the end of July. That trip didn't go to plan, you can read about it here. On first watch Winocour's relationship drama felt like a discussion of compassion, empathy and understanding all through various forms …

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Review: Project Power (2020) – Everyone’s Medicated

Jamie Foxx and Dominique Fishback in Project Power Project Power isn't just an interesting idea, a entirely fresh take on the modern day superhero film but also an interesting allegory for the modern day drug trade, race and the power and fearlessness it can harness to disastrous extents. While not exactly an origins story, Project …

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Review: The Assistant (2020) – Side Effects Include Nausea

Julia Garner in The Assistant When your mind thinks of the phrase 'it takes a village', it always brings up this notion of community, the idea that we are stronger together than we are apart. To truly affect positive change, it takes everyone. People never think of the nefarious when contemplating the power of a …

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Review: Misbehaviour (2020) – Rebels Creating A Cause

Keira Knightley & Gugu Mbatha-Raw in Misbehaviour The idea of Women's Liberation up until the 1970s was something of an afterthought in a world that assumed people were fine with a status quo that kept women as homemakers, the dependable backbone of a world run by men. If it wasn't for the events of the …

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Review: Aladdin (2019) – The Slightly Less Fresh Prince

Mena Massoud and Will Smith in Aladdin While it is easy to look on at the remake culture hitting us lately and wish for more original content it would be a shame to dismiss a fresh perspective just because the story has been told before. While I was disappointed by the release of Dumbo earlier …

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Review: Late Night (2019) – Finding Your Voice

Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson in Late Night Sometimes it is hard not to see yourself in characters. Sometimes it makes films better, others worse. The oftentimes exceptional films are the ones however that you can't. It is the different voices, the underutilised or forgotten ones that break through into films you wouldn't expect that …

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