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  • Rocketman

    Rocketman

    ★★★★

    If there’s one thing the movie industry is good at it is noticing a slight trend and then trying to capitalise on it. Even though an Elton John biopic has been in the works for years, the success of A Star is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody made for promising signs of it being a hit. Bohemian Rhapsody, despite its success, certainly has its very vocal detractors who despised the director and hated how the film depicted Freddie’s sexuality by either…

  • Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

    Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

    ★★

    There’s a morbid and macabre aspect of humanity that enjoys true crime, particularly that of serial killers. You can probably name quite a few from John Dillinger to Harold Shipman, but almost everyone in America, and most parts of the Western world, can name Ted Bundy. Ted Bundy’s name has found itself back into the public consciousness following two highly publicised films/documentaries on Netflix about the notorious serial killer.

    This of course has been a subject of discussion and criticism…

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  • Diego Maradona

    Diego Maradona

    ★★★★

    Diego Maradona marks the second time that director Asif Kapadia looks at a volatile South American sportsman who dominated the sport they dedicated their lives to. With football being a bigger sport, Maradona is perhaps a bigger name than Senna. His status as one of the best players in the sport’s history is felt in the city of Naples where he was seen as a king or perhaps even a god. He was an incredibly gifted footballer whose immense talent…

  • A Private War

    A Private War

    ★★★★

    The intensity and brutality of the war scenes, and the way the movie highlights the suffering of the civilian population, is perhaps rooted in the fact that Matthew Heineman likely experienced a war first hand whilst filming his documentary City of Ghosts. It brings a sense of authenticity to the picture and he can bring his own experiences of warzone, and why he goes into war zone, to depict why Marie Colvin (a superb Pike) is drawn to the most…

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  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★

    The Favourite has been a favourite amongst the critics but the disparity between the masses and critics is pretty telling (one person on google pretty much admitted to being closed minded and simple by saying they shouldn’t force arty stuff on the masses). They were disappointed at not getting exactly what they wanted, but anyone with any knowledge of the films of Yorgos Lanthimos will expect absurdist humour rather.

    Like The Lobster that is exactly what we get, even though…

  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★★★★

    Alfonso Cuaron’s last film was quite literally out of this world yet his latest effort brings him back to Earth but with a story no less epic and profound. Roma is partly based on the director’s life but is told through the eyes of the nanny/maid, Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), whose experiences reveal the extent of classism and racism in 1970s Mexico.

    It’s been almost 18 years since Cuaron made a film in his native language but he felt the time…