Review: Rocks (2020) – Inner City Living

Bukky Bakray in Rocks At its most simple, Sarah Gavron's Rocks is a hard hitting drama about two siblings trying to manage when they are suddenly abandoned by their depressive mother, forced to fend for themselves in central London. It is in this setting, that Rocks proves itself a believable and honest snapshot of inner …

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Review: I’m Thinking Of Ending Things (2020) – A Lives Lived

Jesse Plemons, Jessie Buckley, Toni Collette and David Thewlis No name comes to mind quicker when trying to think of a writer/director who has a singularly original take on the surreal than Charlie Kaufman, a truly unique presence in cinematic storytelling. That is why his decision to adapt his latest film, the gnawingly titled I'm …

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Review: The Roads Not Taken (2020) – To Be or Not To Be

Javier Bardem and Elle Fanning in The Roads Not Taken Regret, despite playing heavily through performances isn't usually a visual concept, one you can tangibly feel through a simple sunrise or a faded photo in a wallet. Sally Potter makes regret visible in her latest feature The Roads Not Taken, something you can physically recoil …

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Review: The New Mutants (2020) – The Breakfast Club 1.5

Maisie Williams, Henry Zaga, Blu Hunt, Charlie Heaton and Anya Taylor-Joy in The New Mutants Stuck in development hell ever since the faint whispers of a Fox-Disney merger emerged, Josh Boone's The New Mutants is the final film in Fox's hit and miss X-Men franchise, a young adult offshoot with dashed franchise dreams of its …

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Review: Tenet (2020) – A Hollow Rubik’s Cube

John David Washington in Tenet Lauded as the film that was going to save cinema and other hyperbolic statements that seemed too grandiose to believe, Christopher Nolan's latest is an ode to classic Bond spy drama's. Advertised as a true original story, a time-bending, globe-trotting epic with the same visual flair to be expected from …

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Review: Pinocchio (2020) – Darker Than Your Average Puppet Show

Federico Ielapi in Pinocchio Pinocchio, for all its ardent fans was never one of the Disney mainstays I was was introduced to as a child. For all the talk of growing noses and his desire to be a real boy, the rest of this outlandish fable eluded me. Upon further research, the original source material …

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Review: The Night Clerk (2020) – The Lifeguard

Tye Sheridan in The Night Clerk The Night Clerk for all its conspiracy trappings and unconventional romance motifs isn't quite the film it wants to be. Believing itself to be a fresh take on autism, a tale for those who aren't quite neurotypical, the misunderstood wallflowers resigned to sit and watch instead of getting involved. …

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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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