Review: Miss Americana (2020) – Brand Isn’t Everything

Taylor Swift in Miss Americana There is an inherent tragedy to Lana Wilson's Miss Americana, a look behind the curtain at life for megastar Taylor Swift. While its mission goes far beyond answering who Swift is outside of the tabloid rumours and public vitriol over what ultimately amounts to half a story, it has to …

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Review: Mr Jones (2020) – Starved For The Truth

James Norton in Mr Jones It seems that today for something to be taken seriously they either have to be sensationalised or so stark it is impossible not to take pause and pay attention. Agnieszka Holland's Mr Jones plays to the latter but squanders its graphic visuals by failing to connect to its central character. …

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Review: The Last Thing He Wanted (2020) – Lost In The Mystery

Anne Hathaway in The Last Thing He Wanted It is clear that from the start, the Anne Hathaway starring The Last Thing He Wanted wants to be something special, something impressive. It wants to be a conspiracy thriller, but does it? It wants to be a riff on governmental corruption, not only in the 1980s …

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Review: To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020) – The Same But Different

Lana Condor and Noah Centineo in To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You Its been two years since the first chapter in this Netflix trilogy and despite being set almost immediately after To All The Boys I Loved Before, the sequel P.S. I Still Love You doesn't seem to really remember who these …

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Review: The Coldest Game (2020) – One Man & A Chess Set

Bill Pullman in The Coldest Game When X-Men: First Class came out and used the Cuban Missile Crisis as one of the defining plot points of its often infuriatingly convoluted plot I thought it seemed exploitative and crass. Little did I know that 9 years later The Coldest Game would be released. Also set in …

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Review: All The Bright Places (2020) – Understanding The Forgotten

Elle Fanning and Justice Smith in All The Bright Places Showing understanding on screen is a difficult proposition. We write about characters headspaces and their 'arcs' but its usually in looking at the whole story, how they mesh with the characters around them or the world they live in. It is rare to watch a …

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Review: First Love (2020) – Rhythmic Ultraviolence

Masatake Kubota and Sakurako Konishi First Love, the latest from director Takeshi Miike, a director some have referred to as the Japanese Tarantino is not what I expected. While there are shocking moments, Miike doesn't seek to shock his audience this time around, instead going for an often farcical comedy thriller that morphs constantly between …

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Review: Selah And The Spades (2020) – Is That A Dagger?

Lovie Simone and Celeste O'Connor in Selah and the Spades About halfway through Tayarisha Poe's sublime Selah and the Spades, two character enter an auditorium set up for the upcoming school play of Macbeth. They discuss it like it is an afterthought, their lives are too complicated already. Turns out, they're living it. Full of …

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