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Nostalgic Impulse: Battle Royale

This cult classic courted controversy when it was first released for its ‘vulgar violence’. It was rated R in its home country of Japan and was either banned or found only limited releases in other countries. Watching it now, I ...

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Fifty Shades Darker: Make it stop

You know the best way to open a high profile erotic thriller? Child abuse. Grainy black-and-white footage of a child about to be beaten in a dilapidated crack house. You’re getting flustered just reading that, ain’t ya? Fifty Shades Darker ...

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Toni Erdmann: Don’t lose the humour

Festival darlings can be a mixed bunch. Although festivals often give a platform for more niche and auteur films, the swinging attitude of booze and schmoozing with the stars can see lacklustre films heaped with accolades they do not deserve. ...

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Nostalgic Impulse: Ghost in the Shell

Ahead of the alternately anticipated or dreaded live-action version, this week saw the re-release in cinemas of Mamoru Oshii’s Ghost in the Shell. The film is a landmark in world and animated cinema, spawning a host of imitators and is, ...

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