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The Book Thief Review

The Book Thief Review

The miraculous adaptation of the bestselling book, The Book Thief tells inquisitive tale of Liesel as she grows up in the heart of Germany throughout the devastating second World War. After the late passing of Liesel’s brother and whilst journeying to her future adopting parents, Liesel discovers her first book at the rail-side funeral of […]

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Review

“rest easy sceptics because the immensely talented New Zealander has gone and done it again” When the announcement was made that Peter Jackson was going to turn The Hobbit, a relatively short book into a film of two parts it was met with raised eyebrows. Then it emerged he would add another film to make […]

AFI Review: Lone Survivor

Witness true acts of courage, devotion and vigorous combat as four members of SEAL Team 10 fight to survive whilst stranded in Afghanistan mountaintops and being hunted by heavily armed hostiles. The Lone Survivor follows Operation Red Wings and is set in June, 2005 where four US Navy SEALs are sent to take down a […]

AFI Review: The Invisible Woman

The superbly tragic tale of The Invisible Woman follows Nelly Ternan as she recounts her secretive relationship with the recently deceased Charles Dickens, through as series of suspenseful and extensive flashbacks that chronicle her life throughout her troubled present. The period drama opens on an empty English beach in the winter and follows Nelly Ternan […]

AFI Review: Philomena

“Survives on its fascinating story, as one that is emotionally very rich…” In the masterful British comedy series The Trip, Steve Coogan spends a lot of his time agonising and lamenting his lack of serious, Hollywood roles. Well, his latest offering proves that he doesn’t need to head over to America to get cast in […]

London Review: 12 Years a Slave

“McQueen masterfully depicts the devastation of such undignified brutality, with a succinct and yet so powerful subtlety…” When British auteur Steve McQueen burst onto the scene in 2008 with Hunger, it was hard to envisage where he could go from there; how he could better his fine, debut effort, and enlarge suitably to match his […]

London Review: All Is Lost

Solitude, Deserted, Isolated there are countless words to describe being truly lost and abandoned beyond all hope and All Is Lost truly discovers the meaning of being lost at sea. As Robert Redford brings his stranded character to life through mere motion majorly without speech or a script. The opening sequence of the silent All […]

London Review: Captain Phillips

Alone separated from the crowd with only hope and experience to cling onwards with, recklessness is the only option worth fighting for as Captain Phillips takes to the London Film Festival. The opening sequence of Captain Phillips follows the middle aged Captain Phillips as he says farewell to his wife in Vermont in late March […]

Toronto Review: Gravity Review

Hang on tight and grip for dear life, are you ready to whiteness the cinematic masterpiece that is Gravity. Gravity focuses on two astronauts adrift in space after a horrific collision with a field of debri from a rogue spy satellite 300 miles above the surface of the earth where the views are indescribably stunning […]

Toronto Review: The Great Beauty

“We’re all on the brink of despair, all we can do is look each other in the face, keep each other company, joke a little… Don’t you agree?” After his 65th birthday, Jep Gambardella, a once successful, since legendary writer of the one novel “The Human Apparatus”, dedicates his life to the search of a […]

Toronto Review: Prisoners

Prisoners is deeply dark, intense and undoubtedly the most thrilling film on this years festival scene. Prisoners focuses on Keller Dover played by Hugh Jackman as he is facing every parent’s worst nightmare. His six-year-old daughter, Anna, is missing, along with her young friend, Joy, and as minutes turn to hours, panic sets in. The […]

The Lone Ranger Review

The Lone Ranger had development issues from the start, with delayed budgetary concerns and rumors of werewolves. Helmed by Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinskii re-teaming with its star Johnny Depp as The Lone Rangers trusty sidekick Tonto with Armie Hammer as the man himself. The story is John Reid (Armie Hammer) is a […]

Cannes Review: Inside Llewyn Davis

The Greenwich Village folk scene has always held much promise as a potentially fascinating cinematic setting, with so few films ever delving into such a time and place to great effect, as a movement somewhat untouched in mainstream cinema. Therefore who better to entrust than the Coen brothers, as Joel and Ethan illuminate the period […]