Chuck

Chuck

  “If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry’.” – John Lennon Chuck Berry’s last album was 1979’s innovatively titled Rock It; a martyr to dated production techniques: Hail! Hail! Tinny Drums and Ill-advised Keyboard Solos! might have been a more apropos title....

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Alien: Covenant

Alien: Covenant

To say that Ridley Scott’s 21st century output has been uneven is like observing that Donald Trump might be a little temperamental: Only an idiot (or a republican) would attempt to argue that particular toss. In between his few successes (Gladiator, American Gangster and to a lesser extent the Martian)...

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The Promise

The Promise

Whilst there is no shortage of celluloid documenting the human misery of the Holocaust, when it comes to the Armenian Genocide, which along with the Holocaust was the case study upon which the UN built the definition of genocide, there is a notable lack of material considering such a harrowing...

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A Comedy About A Bank Robbery

A Comedy About A Bank Robbery

A Comedy About A Bank Robbery The Criterion Theatre Tickets from £12.50 With their prior (and still running after four years) play The Play That Goes Wrong, the Lamda theatrical group Mischief Theatre managed to strike farcical gold. Focusing on a wholly inept group of actors totally murdering a murder-mystery...

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Get Out

Get Out

  Get Out, the darkly hilarious directorial debut of sketch comedy kingpin Jordan Peele, definitely can’t be described as a Scary Movie style comedy-horror. Whilst it certainly elicits frequent cringing laughs, Peele has made a bona-fide fright flick that just happens to be funny. He knows how to make shadowy...

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Sleater-Kinney: Live In Paris

Sleater-Kinney: Live In Paris

Describing something as ‘a great reunion album’ tends to be as backhanded a compliment as describing an acquaintance’s plastic surgery as, “barely noticeable,” if you can tell at a glance, it probably wasn’t worth it. Yet in 2015 Sleater-Kinney managed to defy that particular piece of damning faint praise by...

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The Girls

The Girls

For the professional cynic the very idea of ‘The Girls’, a technicolour bright musical version of ‘Calendar Girls’ co-written by Gary Barlow, might be enough to bring one out in hives. However even those who wear cynicism like a uniform might grudgingly have to acknowledge that even if The Girls...

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Moonlight

Moonlight

  After the echo-chambered shitstorm that was the #Oscarssowhite scandal, it would have almost been a miracle if Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight, a throbbing, emotional howl tracing the life of a poor, gay black man didn’t take home the Best Picture. Moonlight took home the statuette, (though not before a further...

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Jackie

Jackie

Whilst sitting down to watch Jackie it’s hard not to question whether the world really needs another film about the Kennedy assassination. Considering that the only period of history that has received more extensive theatrical coverage than America circa 1963-73 is the Second World War, it’s easy to cynically pre-judge...

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Hacksaw Ridge

Hacksaw Ridge

Mel Gibson’s career as a filmmaker has not been overly marred by subtlety; The Passion of The Christ re-imagined torture porn as catnip for the Bible belt, the savage Aztec manhunt of Apocalypto probably works better without the English subtitles and now ‘Hacksaw Ridge’, a film which takes the phrase...

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