Movie Review: The Island

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Movie poster.

A man living in a futuristic sterile colony begins to question his circumscribed existence when his friend is chosen to go to the Island, the last uncontaminated place on earth. Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel “Never Let Me Go” is a profound meditation on the nature of love, and whether clones can ever be considered truly human.…

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Movie Review: The Magic Christian

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A garish cartoon poster for The Magic Christian.

Sir Guy Grand (Peter Sellers), the richest man in the world, adopts a homeless boy, Youngman (Sir Ringo Starr). Together, they set out to prove that anyone, and anything, can be bought with money. I get that this is a seminal film. But it doesn’t stop it being awful. London at the end of the…

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Movie Review: But I’m A Cheerleader

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A cheerleader.

Confident and opinionated, 17-year-old Megan is far too strong-willed for her unsupportive parents, who begin to worry she is a lesbian. Their solution is to send Megan to ‘True Directions,’ a “rehabilitation camp” run by homophobic counsellor Mary Brown. Soon Megan meets the equally defiant Graham, and the two form a fast friendship. Ironically, the…

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Movie Review: Bill & Ted Face The Music

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Bill and Ted movie poster.

Once told they’d save the universe during a time-traveling adventure, 2 would-be rockers from San Dimas, California find themselves as middle-aged dads still trying to crank out a hit song and fulfil their destiny. What is the nature of reality? What does it mean to grow old without ever realising your full potential? Can love…

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Movie Review: aTypical Wednesday

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A movie poster which reads Fuck Therapy.

A young man embarks on an adventure with another patient at his therapist’s office, who he visits every Wednesday. This is, probably, a feel-good movie. No, it’s a buddy movie. Well, actually, it’s a romantic comedy. Or, possibly, a satire on race-relations in America. Definitely a bleakly hilarious road-trip. J. Lee’s debut as a movie…

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Review: Edmond / Cyrano, Mon Amour

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The shadow of Cyrano de Bergerac is projected onto a theatre curtain.

December 1897, Paris. Edmond Rostand is not yet thirty but already two children and a lot of anxieties. He has not written anything for two years. In desperation, he offers the great Constant Coquelin a new play, a heroic comedy, in verse, for the holidays. Only concern: it is not written yet. Ignoring the whims…

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Movie Review: Please Stand By

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A young woman holds her hands in the Vulcan sign for "Live Long and Prosper".

A young autistic woman runs away from her caregiver in an attempt to submit her 500-page manuscript to a “Star Trek” writing competition in Hollywood. How do we navigate confusing and unfamiliar spaces? What is it like to know that you’re out of place and cannot understand the world around you? These thoughts haunt me.…

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Movie Review: Cats

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A cat stands before a doorway.

I first saw cats when I was… 7? 8? Young enough for it to leave an impression on me. I couldn’t have told you what was going on, but I was utterly mesmerised. Humans! Pretending to be cats! My parents used it to instil in me a love of West End musicals which persists to…

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Movie Review: The Personal History of David Copperfield

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A movie poster featuring cut-outs of the cast.

A modern take on Charles Dickens’s classic tale of a young orphan who is able to triumph over many obstacles. Written and directed by Armando Iannucci, based on the 1850 novel by Charles Dickens. It stars Dev Patel as the title character. This is such a joyous movie. It is a fast, funny, and beautifully…

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Movie Review: How To Build A Girl

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A girl with dyed red hair, wearing a top hat, looks to the stars and smiles.

How to Build a Girl is a 2019 coming-of-age comedy film directed by Coky Giedroyc, from a screenplay by Caitlin Moran and John Niven, based on the 2014 novel of the same name by Moran. The film tells the story of Johanna Morrigan, teenager living with her working-class family on a council estate in Wolverhampton,…

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