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  • They Shall Not Grow Old

    They Shall Not Grow Old

    ★★★★★

    I sadly missed the actually live Q&A screening of Peter Jackson’s incredible WWI documentary, but I was lucky enough to catch it yesterday ahead of this year’s Remembrance Sunday, which in turn is obviously a big deal this year, commemorating 100years since the amnesty of the First World War. And I was so glad I did. It was something that started off as a 30minute feature, but knowing what Jackson can be like with runtimes, the film quickly tripled in…

  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★

    Aspiring and promising director, Ari Aster makes this his directorial debut; being a self-proclaimed horror film fanatic this is his creation from start to finish, writing the story and taking total control of the film in its production. But whilst being suckered into the hype and an enticing trailer, Aster, and much of the crew, consider this more of a drama about one family during with tragedy as oppose to an all out horror and I’m not sure how I…

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  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★★½

    Bradley Cooper fulfils his original dream of being a director by making this third remake of A Star is Born his directorial debut. The original being from 1937 starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, then transformed into the 1954 musical with Judy Garland and James Mason and then remade as a 1976 rock musical with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. This keeps very much to the core of William A. Wellman’s and Robert Carson’s original story of an established world…

  • Live by Night

    Live by Night

    ★★★½

    Ben Affleck has a pretty impressive directorial catalogue already, with Gone Baby Gone, The Town and the Oscar winning Argo. All films I consider of good calibre, slick and riveting. Now, he points the camera at a period gangster piece set mostly in the southern state of Florida during the prohibition of America. 

    It's based of a novel by Dennis Lehane, a criminal thriller mastermind who also penned The Drop, Gone Baby Gone, Shutter Island and my personal favourite, Mystic…