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Author: Alaina Dean

Alaina Dean is a writer who lives by the ocean.

Deserted Island Movie Collection: Any film featuring Tom Burlinson and a horse.

Best Movie Snack: Sweet and salty popcorn.

Spanish Film ‘The Realm’ Reveals Political Duplicity – Review

The Realm opens inconspicuously – a man in a suit finishes a phone call while staring out to sea. The camera tracks him as he crosses the sand, walks up the grass to a restaurant, through the back door into the kitchen where he lifts a platter of shrimp and strides into the dining room of the restaurant.

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‘Long Shot’ Review – Rogen and Theron are Dynamite in Political RomCom

Look, I get it. In today’s political climate, you head to the cinema to escape from the saturation of mainstream media and spend a few hours completely oblivious to the dire state of the world. The last thing you want to buy tickets to is another Hollywood US presidency film. But trust me, Long Shot is different.

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‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ Marks the End of a Decades-Long Journey for Terry Gilliam

This film is not one to watch while scrolling through your phone – you’ll need to have your eyes glued to the screen if you’re to make any sense of the glorious mess that is Terry Gilliam’s latest feature film.

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Tim Burton’s Disney Remake ‘Dumbo’ Soars – Review

With the vaguest of childhood memories, I walked into the live-action remake of Dumbo prepared for a tale about an odd little elephant in a sad situation. I had forgotten just how sad the story of Dumbo the flying elephant really is and Tim Burton’s CGI baby elephant pulls hard on the heartstrings.

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Teen Romance Film ‘Five Feet Apart’ is Sickly Sweet – Review

I grew up in the golden era of sick-lit films. Ansel Elgort with his constant un-smoked cigarette as a metaphor in The Fault in Our Stars (2014)? The conceived-as-a-bone-marrow-donor-for-her-terminally-ill-sister Anna and the subsequent tragic outcome in My Sister’s Keeper (2009)? Give me, give me, give me.

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‘King of Thieves’ Review – A Comedic Caper Film Starring Michael Caine

Any film which opens with ‘Based on a true story’ incites a desire to know just how true to life the plot is. Director James Marsh attempts to keep King of Thieves as verbatim as possible and you can be assured that there is little glamorizing of this story. The crooks in this film, led by Michael Caine, are surprisingly vicious and callous with a good deal of incontinence thrown in.

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‘A Dog’s Way Home’ is Delightfully Familiar – Review

It’s a tale as old as time – boy meets dog, boy and dog form an unbreakable bond, boy and dog are tragically separated and then dog spends two-and-a-half years trekking 400 miles to get back to boy. Based on the novel of the same name by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Way Home is a canine adventure film designed to pull on the heartstrings.

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