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Official Competition

Saturday, July 23rd, 2022 Film Reviews,

Hubris, which comes from Greek tragedy, means “excessive pride or self-confidence”. Official Competition begins with a grand display of hubris, as a billionaire businessman commissions a movie as a monument to himself. It won’t be just any old flick but an instant cinema classic intended to win prestigious awards and stand the test of time. […]

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The Good Boss

Friday, April 15th, 2022 Film Reviews,

It’s a wonder there are not more movies like The Good Boss. Every small to medium-sized business is a potential comedy series, as management tries to maintain the illusion that a company is one big happy family, at least until the employees ask for a pay rise. Javier Bardem’s Julio Blanco is a master operator […]

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Dog

Friday, April 1st, 2022 Film Reviews,

Dog is a title that tells us a lot about the world today. Even the dumbest movie-goer will immediately think: “Ah-ha! That must be a film about a dog!” We seem to love dogs more as we love each other less. They are so loyal, so non-judgemental. They don’t vote Liberal or Labor, Democrat or […]

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CODA & Don’t Look Up

Friday, March 18th, 2022 Film Reviews,

Completing my trawl through the contenders for Best Picture at the 2022 Academy Awards, this week I’m looking at CODA and Don’t Look Up. It’s a little surprising that either of these titles is shortisted for the award, although they both have their qualities, with Don’t Look Up, in particular, being touted by some as […]

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Belfast

Friday, February 18th, 2022 Film Reviews,

Among the great mysteries of contemporary cinema: how, in the space of one year, can a director make something as good as Belfast, and follow up with the ridiculous Death on the Nile? I don’t think one can lay the blame on an overbearing studio, or suggest that the best of Kenneth Branagh’s movies may […]

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Licorice Pizza

Thursday, January 6th, 2022 Film Reviews,

There are eagerly anticipated movies that turn out to be duds, and movies such as Licorice Pizza, which are better than might ever have been suspected. The duds are far more common, so when a film of real quality turns up one feels like cheering. Many believe Paul Thomas Anderson (b.1970) to be America’s greatest […]

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The Films of 2022

Wednesday, January 5th, 2022 Film Reviews,

Presuming we don’t emulate success stories such as Denmark and go leaping back into the bunker, 2022 should see a greater range of movies returning to local cinemas. It remains to be seen whether the film industry has been permanently altered by the pandemic, with a large number of people now content to stick with […]

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The Movies: A Boxing Day Round-Up

Saturday, December 25th, 2021 Film Reviews,

For those not turned feral by the Boxing Day sales, the day after Christmas is the traditional detox after all that festive activity. Yes, it’s supposed to be joyous, but it’s also stressful when one has to work harder at a holiday than at a regular job. Hence the popularity of the Boxing Day test […]

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The Chair

Friday, September 10th, 2021 Film Reviews,

University life in America today is worthy of a stupendous black comedy series but The Chair ain’t it. To do justice to such a theme would require a writer as scabrous as Michel Houellebecq and a director as fearless – and surreal – as Luis Buñuel. Amanda Peet and Annie Julia Wyman, the creators of […]

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Free Guy

Thursday, August 12th, 2021 Film Reviews,

If you’re not currently in lockdown there are a handful of new releases to be sampled at the cinema. This includes Disney’s latest attempt to barnstorm the box office: Free Guy. Not the worst movie you’ll see this year, it’s almost wilfully shallow. There’s no shortage of promising themes but the filmmakers seem determined to […]