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Timbuktu

Timbuktu tells the story of a community living under the oppression of jihadi forces in the eponymous city in Mali. It takes a largely ensemble approach, following various plot strands in the lives of both the Islamist police and the ...

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Not another live-action Disney remake

That’s right, there have been yet more announcements of live-action remakes of classic Disney animated features. When Disney find a money spinner, they grab hold and don’t let go. Last week the studio announced it was working on Genies, a ...

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Ant-Man: Heroes don’t come any bigger

I was well positioned to be disappointed with this film. A studio having ‘artistic differences’ with the writer/director is never good – add the fact that the auteur in question was geek superman Edgar Wright and that Ant-Man was a passion project ...

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Amy: The tragic story of Amy Winehouse

Amy is the latest documentary from acclaimed director of Senna Asif Kapadia. Using home videos, filmed concerts, TV footage, and material from the paparazzi rabble that came to follow her around, Kapadia reconstructs the tragic story of Amy Winehouse. Opening ...

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Mission Impossible: Equal Opportunities

The latest Mission Impossible trailer has rolled around and I am struck by the steadily accrued cache of returning cast members the franchise is boasting at this point. With each instalment Ethan Hunt’s IMF (apparently this does NOT stand for ...

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Magic Mike XXL: Back to the grind

It was relatively quiet on opening night in my local cinema, but one thing was clear: apart from my companion, there were no other men in the room. The first of the Magic Mike films advertised itself very much as ...

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Terminator: Genisys

The Terminator franchise has had its hardships over the years. In truth, it is a pity it is regarded as a franchise. The first film is a wonderfully grungy and taut action thriller with more than a little horror in ...

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Slow West

Slow West is a film I went to see with some enthusiasm. The first major feature of filmmaker John MacClean, it won a prize at the Sundance Film Festival, it occupies that heady position of being an independent western and ...

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