Review: Sierra Burgess is a Loser (2018) – My Friends are the Most Interesting Thing About Me

In the last few years teen movies have sought to make its main characters complete while claiming to be coming of age stories leaving no room whatsoever for its characters to manouvere. Sierra Burgess is a Loser doesn't do this. It acknowledges right off the bat that she isn't the perfect kid her parents think …

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Review: The Innocents Season 1 (2018) – Inside, Looking Out

When we first meet June McDaniel (Sorcha Groundsell) all we know is shes a girl struggling with her fathers' overprotective nature, a girl struggling to be normal while under the thumb of someone else. What we come to know about June is that the word normal should never be used in the same sentence as …

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Review: Outside In (2018) – A Life Half Lived is A Place To Start

You don't have to be a convicted felon breathing fresh air for the first time to feel like your life isn't quite complete. That feeling of being lost is one we all feel during our life, some more acutely than others. Director Lynn Shelton however wants her characters to swell with desire despite these feelings …

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Review: Columbus (2018) – Stuck in the Middle With You

Back when I was writing my review of Leave No Trace I was trying to think of films that used a minimalist approach successfully. It's a hard nut to crack and for every Drive there is a To The Wonder. For example, Shane Carruth's Upstream Color is a marvel of minimalist cinema with very little …

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Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018) – Two Halves Don’t Make A Whole

Usually I would wait until a few lines into this to state a simple and unfortunate fact about The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. This movie is a complete mess that in search of being poignant instead comes off as emotionally manipulative. The whole film collapses under the weight of its own seriousness …

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Review: The Greatest Showman (2017) – An Incomplete Spectacle

When I first saw the trailer for The Greatest Showman, I was part intrigued because I'm a sucker for a good musical but I was also reticent because I feared the story of PT Barnum wasn't full enough to justify a whole film. However this isn't a film about PT Barnum or even the circus …

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Looking Back: The OA Season 1 – Finding Strength Through Belief

You might find yourself asking why review The OA at all. Firstly it came out at the end of 2016 with little advertising by Netflix at all almost as if they were trying to bury it, much like Amazon did with Zoe. Secondly its not a film, at least not in the conventional sense. Finally, …

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