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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Review: Spiderman, Far From Home (2019) – Far From Homecoming

Tom Holland in Spider-Man: Far From Home Watching a Spider-Man film is tough. His track record on the big screen has been marred by poorly developed villains or an over-reliance on mythology designed to service fans and not a story. When the character entered the MCU it was hailed as a bold move that solidified …

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Review: How To Build A Girl (2020) – A Family of Wolves

Beanie Feldstein in How To Build A Girl Writer Caitlin Moran has been putting her sharp, caustic wit to good use for years now, be it in the broadsheets or on the TV. Her semi-biographical novel, How To Build A Girl is just another extension of her already impressive career. The film it is based …

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Review: Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) – A Pointless Competition?

Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams in Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga It is hard to discern who the audience for Will Ferrell's latest comedy outing is. While it could easily be for fans of Eurovision for all its unbridled frivolity and unapologetic stupidity, its release under the Netflix banner seems to suggest …

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Review: The Public (2020) – Left Out In The Cold

Michael K Williams and Emilio Estevez in The Public While people might point to more controversial directors when they think about which filmmakers you either love or hate, personally there isn't a director quite like Emilio Estevez in completely avoiding the middle ground. His unique blend of factual and overtly sentimental direction often rubs people …

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Review: Spenser Confidential (2020) – Morals Absent Intelligence.

Winston Duke, Alan Arkin and Mark Wahlberg in Spenser Confidential Marking the fifth collaboration between director Peter Berg and Wahlberg, Spenser Confidential steps away from the real world stories of Lone Survivor, Patriot's Day and Deepwater Horizon, instead adapting one of Robert B. Parker's revered Spenser novels, a series about a hardened Boston private eye …

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Review: Dating Amber (2020) – Home Is Where The Harm Is

Lola Petticrew and Fionn O'Shea in Dating Amber There is something utterly liberating about an Irish comedy, from the audacious, offensive nature of films such as The Guard to the liberating openness of films such as Sing Street and Once ( or any John Carney musical film actually). Dating Amber for all its ideas about …

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