Review: The Invisible Man (2020) – Heard But Not Seen

While Leigh Whannell's previous feature Upgrade looked at the way technology removes our freedom and choice from us, sometimes quickly but more often than not slowly and without notice. His latest, an adaptation of The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells, similarly toys with its characters freedom but here the constricting forces are different. Be it …

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Review: True History of the Kelly Gang (2020) – Two Lies Don’t Make A Truth

Ned Kelly to many was the last scream of a dying breed, an outlaw in a country quickly becoming civilised by industrialisation. The incoming train system connecting people and opportunities like never before. His actions, however, are largely unrecorded, shrouded in mystery and conjecture. The question became, was he doing the right thing for those …

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Review: Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2020) – Freedom of Expression

Portrait of a Lady on Fire is an exercise in dramatic irony run rampant. Not only is it an open and loving same-sex love story cloistered in a period setting but it is also a tale about isolation and how it encourages expression and the freedom to say and do what you want. The moments …

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Review: The Call of the Wild (2020) – Get Off My Plain

Jack London's 1903 novel, The Call of the Wild, might have the same skeletal structure as Chris Sanders adaptation of the same name but the tonal difference and story changes ensure that this version, the 4th adaptation of London's novel is a product of its era, a more forgiving beast that seems in awe of …

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Review: Sonic The Hedgehog (2020) – All Fun and Games

Of all the 90s video game titles that could be chosen to adapt into movie franchises, I wouldn't have expected Sonic. Not only does the linear, storyless platformer not scream potential but there really isn't a massive market for Sonic games anymore. Since he burst onto screens in 1991, Sonic's star has fizzled despite some …

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Review: The Lighthouse (2020) – Masculinity & Other Forms of Madness

The secrets and lies that permeate every shot of Robert Eggers' The Lighthouse, a manic depressive exercise in toxic masculinity and other physically damaging psychological nightmares, seem commonplace for a conventional story. Throw them in with a world that seems not to be ruled by any kind of normality, where time doesn't adhere to understanding …

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