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Best Picture Oscar: La La Land [2016]

An aspiring actress meets an aspiring jazz musician and through the magic of song and dance they have a romance. La La Land puts its cards on the table right there in the opening sequence, which is a big song-and-dance … Continue reading

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Best Picture Oscar: Arrival [2016]

Aliens arrive, and linguist Louise Banks is sent to find out how to communicate with them. Interwoven with that, from the first scene, is her remembering the tragic life of her daughter, who died young. This is breathtaking science fiction … Continue reading

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Best Picture Oscar: Manchester by the Sea [2016]

Manchester by the Sea follows Lee Chandler [Casey Affleck] for the few months after his older brother’s death, explaining the way he handles things via flashbacks to an earlier difficult time in his life. It’s a movie that’s light on … Continue reading

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Deadpool [2016]

Robbie Collins made the observation that studios were going to look at the “out of nowhere” success of Deadpool and engage in an intensive period of dissection and vivisection trying to understand how to make another one. There’s going to be a … Continue reading

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens [2015]

I went to this film with my mind as clean as possible. I’d finally been hit with a trailer only a week or two before and unlike most trailers it showed just enough to be interesting and not enough to … Continue reading

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Inside Out [2015]

I am writing this review in the lobby of the BFI almost two months after watching the film. I watched it travelling across the world to take some time to get some distance from my daily affairs in order to … Continue reading

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Whiplash [2014]

I didn’t see this in the theatre because it’s premise looked one-dimensional – a brutal mentor figure tortures a nascent talent into fruition. Around the time it came out, it was being described as a kind of sporting movie, with … Continue reading

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