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It’s just a bunch of Hocus Pocus

October 30, 2019

As the evenings grow darker, and colder, there’s one thing on everyone’s mind – snuggling up with a hot chocolate, and a Halloween movie to ring in the season.

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A new Joker takes the stage

October 16, 2019

In one pivotal climactic scene of Todd Phillips’ Joker – likely the most intensely debated film of 2019 – Joaquin Phoenix’s mentally ill Arthur Fleck announces that “this isn’t about politics. I’m not political.”

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The latest trend of live-action remakes

April 17, 2019

The current trend works in a similar way by taking tales as old as time which will appeal not only to children, but also a generation of adults with a specific, nostalgic connection to one version.

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There’s a new Joker in town

April 17, 2019

Ironically because of Suicide Squad, the character of the Joker has become, well, a bit of a joke. For those whose brains have been fried by the ironic ‘Gamer Joker’ meme, it’s going to be really hard to take this movie seriously even if it’s better than the previous movie from the DC universe.

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‘Us’ highlights the continuing power of Peele

April 3, 2019

Peele’s first film was smarter and more shocking but ‘Us’ has more character. Each person’s backstory is explored to a certain level and everyone has their own unique quirks.

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Captain Marvel isn’t exactly marvellous

March 20, 2019

She doesn’t really have much motivation throughout the film. Her role is somewhat passive, with her story often pushed forward by external forces. She has this strange arc that involves something like inverse growth.

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Is Adam Sandler one of the best actors alive?

March 20, 2019

Although his name sits only at 49th place on BoxOfficeMojo’s list of the highest-grossing actors (the price of never starring in a superhero or sci-fi blockbuster, one reckons), there are few movie stars that have

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The serial flow of true crime documentaries

March 6, 2019

Similar to other entertainment media, there has been an emergence of fandom culture surrounding these Netflix series with people making memes & writing witty tweets about various developments in the cases, which only serve to further the desensitisation of violent crimes.

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An ode to Stanley Donen

March 6, 2019

Funnily enough, although a legend, Donen had never won an Academy Award for any of his works. However, in 1998 he received a lifetime achievement “in appreciation of a body of work marked by grace, elegance, wit and visual innovation.”

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You’re a nice one, Mr. Grinch

December 12, 2018

The Grinch is a lovable anti-hero compared to his successors in Illumination’s rendition of the classic Christmas film. The film opened in cinemas on November 9th and will run over the Christmas period. It was

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Creating a good villain is no joking matter

December 12, 2018

“A protagonist and his story can only be as intellectually fascinating and emotionally compelling as the forces of antagonism make them” said Robert McKee, author and story-consultant.

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Stan Lee’s legacy will live on

November 28, 2018

His cameos have become an iconic feature in Marvel movies, a feature that fans of the movies look out for. He has had some memorable lines such as “Are you Tony Stank?” in Captain America: Civil War (2016).

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Widows, an empowering heist thriller

November 28, 2018

Police brutality and government corruption provide the backdrop to the drama, but it’s fundamentally an entertaining, fast-paced mainstream movie about a team of very cool women stealing a lot of money.

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The Hate U Give tackles uncomfortable topics

November 28, 2018

This film is not an easy one to watch. Scenes of riots, funerals and protests looked authentic and were gut-wrenching to see. A credit to the cast, and Audrey Wells who adapted the book into it’s screenplay, for keeping scenes honest and painfully true.

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The Crimes of Grindelwald, an underwhelming success

November 28, 2018

The series is hard to compare to its predecessor.  JK Rowling is credited as the writer, and David Yates, who directed the final four Potter films, and the first Fantastic Beasts takes directorial reins.  Obviously the source material is not at the same level, but this is still an enjoyable film regardless of its flaws.

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Keeping the magic in children’s films alive, generation after generation

November 14, 2018

The attitude of inclusion and acceptance is growing internationally. The portrayal of these changing narratives can be seen in children’s films. The reason the quality of the stories did not deteriorate is because films still use the classic formula of good vs evil and other constant variables.

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The wrath of Michael Myers, 40 years on

October 31, 2018

Halloween reminds audiences what a ruthless killer Myers really is, slaughtering anything that comes across his path. He is completely void of emotion, an unstoppable killing machine. This is the true terror of Michael Myers.