Review: Radioactive (2020) – Severely Anaemic

Rosamund Pike in Radioactive To assume you can get to the core of a person in two hours is folly and while Marjane Satrapi's Radioactive never presumes to know completely Marie Curie, the woman standing in the middle of this befuddling and overstuffed biopic, it strives so much to make her an icon, a symbol …

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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: Lost Girls (2020) – Clear, Cold & Clinical

Liz Garbus' Lost Girls is a dramatization of a real New York crime and the shockingly blundered investigation that it brought about. Garbus' past filmography has been solely devoted to documentary filmmaking and this Amy Ryan starring film plays at times in a clinical fashion, a retelling of facts for a captive audience, it manages …

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Review: Military Wives (2020) – Keep Calm and Choir On

While for some Military Wives will feel like its own thing, a heartfelt story about different forms of courage. To me, it feels like a continuation of a trend that seems to be continuing unabated, with varying degrees of success. The cynical side of me can't help but see the releases of films about adults …

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Review: A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood (2020) – A Helping Hand

Marielle Heller made waves last year with the Melissa McCarthy feature Can You Ever Forgive Me? It was a film that was brazenly selfish, amusingly so, with a cast of misanthropes and misfits failing to see the world around them due to their own deficiencies. Her follow-up, A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood is oddly …

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Review: Just Mercy (2020) -Viewing Injustice

Back in 2013, Destin Daniel Cretton made a feature-length version of his short film, Short Term 12. While it largely went unnoticed, it highlighted Cretton's vision as a master of the many different languages of film. Instead of saying things outright, emotion and exposition were conveyed through a look, a moment of silence, a piece …

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Review: Bombshell (2020) – A Little Conservative

I'll make it clear right from the start, I was not the target demographic for Jay Roach's Bombshell. This tale of sexual harassment within the ultra-conservative walls of Fox News at first glance is a story disconnected from the rest of the world. Roach and writer Charles Randolph thankfully disagree and a film that could …

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