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: 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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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: 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: Love Wedding Repeat (2020) -Play It Safe

Strangely enough, when thinking about how to start talking about Dean Craig's Love Wedding Repeat I kept coming back to The Sunset Limited. A 2011 HBO movie directed by Tommy Lee Jones, it takes place in one room with two men pontificating on everything from religion to morality as one man tries to save the …

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Review: Stargirl (2020) – Why So Cynical?

Stargirl, based off the best selling book by author Jerry Spinelli, starts by welcoming you to its world by admitting its flaws. Bleak skies with grey tinted clouds and empty streets accompany an opening monologue that plays to the notion of conforming, of hiding away from not only people but the creativity that socialising often …

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Review: Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2020) – Freedom of Expression

Portrait of a Lady on Fire is an exercise in dramatic irony run rampant. Not only is it an open and loving same-sex love story cloistered in a period setting but it is also a tale about isolation and how it encourages expression and the freedom to say and do what you want. The moments …

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