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‘Sometimes Always Never’ Review – Mostly Incredibly Sweet

Suppose you had the option in a game of Scrabble to play the word SACCHARINE or ANARCHIC. Saccharine, meaning excessively sweet and sentimental, and anarchic, much to do with lacking control over circumstances, are both worth more than 15 points but also summarise the range of emotions experienced by Bill Nighy and company in the 2019 British drama-comedy, Sometimes Always Never.

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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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‘The Guilty’ is a Tight, Solo-Performance Thriller – Review

Single location films aren’t easy to pull off and on the rare occasion when done right (like in 2010’s Buried) they can be quite engaging and fast-paced. The Danish-set The Guilty, without a doubt, falls into the engaging category, but not only does it keep our adrenaline pumping, it unfolds layer upon layer with a situation you don’t see coming and will leave you assessing what our protagonist (and the audience) has had to deal with after the final credits roll.

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‘Vox Lux’ Review – Natalie Portman Features in Provocative Pop Opera

It would be remiss of this reviewer to discuss the psychological drama Vox Lux without commenting on the abhorrent manner which pop-star Celeste is endowed by fame; a by-product of a culture obsessed with celebrity in a system that benefits from the exploitation of trauma.

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‘Stan & Ollie’ Review – A Werther’s Original for the Heart

You’d think it’d be a pie in the face for Sony Pictures Classics to release a film about iconic comedy duo Laurel and Hardy without having their stage name in the title but in the case of Stan & Ollie, it speaks a testament to the genius of the pairing both on and away from the spotlight.

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‘Arctic’ is One Man’s Quest for Survival in the Hellish Antarctic Wilderness

Arctic is an unforgiving yet inspirational story about a man stranded in the middle of the Antarctic wilderness, who must use every ounce of survival instinct to stay alive in a place without any remorse for human life.

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‘At Eternity’s Gate’ – A Stunning but Subdued Portrait of Vincent van Gogh

Russell Crowe won an Academy Award for his role in Gladiator (2000); a spectacle film containing chariot races, battles to the death, and scenes involving Crowe stroking wheat in a field. In a film that promises all the joy of caressing plants without any of the Gladiator action, At Eternity’s Gate enters this year’s award season as a little-known film that could potentially garner Willem Dafoe his first (overdue) Oscar.

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‘Cold Pursuit’ Review – A Gritty Revenge Flick with a Lot of Humour

Despite a catalogue of action films that suffer from sameness, Liam Neeson is an anomaly amongst action greats with his rise to superstardom being celebrated in a way that other legends in the genre (we see you Bruce Willis) are not.

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