War for the Planet of the Apes

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The saga started in Rise of the Planet of the Apes comes to an end in Matt Reeves’ War for the Planet of the Apes. I’ve been a huge fan of these films since the first one. Taking a well known concept like Planet of the Apes and turning it on its head to focus…

EMO the Musical

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A frustrated wannabe emo struggles to find himself when enrolled at a new school in Neil Triffett’s Emo the Musical. I’ll start this by saying I know next to nothing about emo culture. It wasn’t really a thing when I was at school so any knowledge I have comes from cliché ridden anecdotes that I’ve…

Freak Show

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A gay high school student faces challenges when he is moved to an intolerant school in Trudie Styler’s Freak Show. The film follows Billy Bloom (Alex Lawther), the above mentioned gay high school student who has to find his place in the new school environment. It is made worse for him because he happens to…

Maya Dardel

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A famous writer interviews men to decide who will be a suitable heir for her after she takes her own life in Zachary Cotler and Magdalena Zyzak’s Maya Dardel. This film deals with controversial issues with the most apparent being suicide. Maya (Lena Olin) has made what appears to be a rational choice to take her…

Spider-Man: Homecoming

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Marvel’s latest outing brings their most marketable character into the fold with Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: Homecoming. The level of anticipation for this movie was off the charts. I’m talking both as a fan of this character and the Marvel movies but also as someone who lives on this planet. Spider-Man’s extended cameo in Captain America:…

Let Me Go

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Four generations of women in a family deal with estrangement and long buried family secrets in Polly Steele’s Let Me Go. Family dysfunction is something that most of us can relate to in one way or another. It’s rife in our own families or the families of those around us so the basis of this…

The Last Word

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A retired businesswoman re-evaluates her life after tasking a writer to come up with an obituary worthy of her as she sees herself in Mark Pellington’s The Last Word. It’s pretty clear what sort of film this is going to be from pretty much the first minute of screen time. Harriet (Shirley MacLaine) is an…

Final Portrait

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Stanley Tucci spends some time behind the camera as writer and director of a small period of time in the life of eccentric Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti. Taking place over a matter of weeks, this film is all about how Giacometti is seen through the eyes of the subject of the the portrait that would…

Doctor Who – Season 10 Episode 12

Doctor Who

“The Doctor Falls” Doctor Who closes off the current season with an abundance of Cybermen and two versions of the Master to challenge the Doctor. The previous episode was a tough act to follow in terms of what it promised. Bringing back the Mondassian Cybermen, doubling up on versions of the Master and teasing a…

Kaleidoscope

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Rupert Jones directs his brother Toby Jones in Kaleidoscope; a thriller about isolation, madness and broken relationships. Carl (Toby Jones) lives alone, has little in the way of possessions and lives his life with very little human contact. Initially we see that he has a close friendship with his neighbour Monique (Cecilia Noble) but that…