Review: Colette (2019) – Choose To Be Free

When I started drafting this review I thought I was going to write something about good biopics and then I realised I didn't know what made a good one. I couldn't place that magical X factor that made First Man's depiction of Neil Armstrong more compelling than say 42, the dramatisation of Jackie Robinson's early …

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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: Destination Wedding (2018) – Embrace The Change You Hate To See

It doesn't take the most cynical mind to see that the world is becoming a colder place. While fear in film is nothing new it is usually countered by a sense of optimism or hope. The idea that things do get better despite the disappointment and unrest that percolate our everyday lives is one Hollywood …

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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: 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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