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Cinema Review – Bridge of Spies

During the Cold War in 1957, a Soviet spy named Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance) is caught in Brooklyn, and charged for his crimes. Insurance lawyer Jim B. Donovan (Tom Hanks) is drafted in to represent Abel, to ensure he gets a fair trial. After convincing the judge that Abel should not be put to death for espionage, and after a U-2 spy plane is shot down over Russia, Donovan travels to Berlin to negotiate a prisoner exchange between the two countries. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Black Mass

In the 1970s and 80s James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp) became one of the biggest crime lords that Boston has ever seen. Bulger seemingly worked with the FBI to get rid of the Italian Mafia on the north side of the city, before expanding his operation from his native South Boston – or Southie – into the rest of the city. Scott Cooper’s film examines the career of the infamous Irish-American mobster and his inevitable fall from power. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – The Perfect Guy

After Leah (Sanaa Lathan) breaks up with her boyfriend of two years, it is not long before she becomes involved with the charming and handsome Carter (Michael Ealy). After she witnesses her new beau fly into a jealous rage, Leah ends the relationship, but nothing she can do – including going to the police – can make Carter stay away. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Love

Murphy (Karl Glusman) wakes up on New Year’s Day to a screaming child and a wicked come down. While his partner Omi (Klara Kristin) takes care of their child, Murphy reflects back over his relationship with the charismatic Electra (Ayomi Muyock), and how he came to find himself in a relationship with Omi; a relationship he is deeply unhappy in. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Hand Gestures

In the 100 year old Forderia Artistica Battaglia in Milan, bronze statues are cast in the same way they have been since the 5th century. Francesco Clerici’s film takes the audience through the intricate and time consuming method of casting a piece of art, all without the use of dialogue. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans

Directors Gabriel Clarke and John McKenna delve behind the scenes of Steve McQueen’s passion project, Le Mans. The film, shot in 1970 and released in 1971, was intended to be McQueen’s love letter to race-car driving, but the lack of a script led to the film going $1.5 million over budget, being delayed by months, and original director John Sturges walking off the project. For the first time, audiences get to find out what exactly went wrong. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – The Lady in the Van

Based on a real relationship that writer Alan Bennett had, Maggie Smith plays Miss Mary Shepherd, a house-less woman who lives in her van, which Alan Bennett allows her to park in his driveway, where she stayed for 15 years. Although Miss Shepherd seems to be cantankerous and ungrateful, it soon becomes clear that she has led a tragic and colourful life. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Steve Jobs

Over the course of 16 years, Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender) goes from the shining star of Apple, to being fired after the failure of the Macintosh, to back where he started as head of the company. In the meantime, he fights the idea that he is the father of Lisa Brennan, pushes away those who have helped make Apple great, and rejects the father figure he sees in mentor John Sculley (Jeff Daniels). Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Fathers and Daughters

When she was a small child, Katie’s father Jake (Russell Crowe) – a Pulitzer prize winning author – struggled to take care of her as he came to terms with his own illness, and the death of his wife. While he tries to hang on to the young Katie, his late wife’s sister (Diane Kruger) tries her best to adopt Katie away from her father. 27 years later, Katie (Amanda Seyfried) struggles to let a new man into her life after she felt so abandoned by her father. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Tangerine

Two trans women, Sin-Dee (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) and Alexandra (Mya Taylor) meet at their old haunt Donut Time, after Sin-Dee is released from prison. As they catch up, Alexandra accidentally reveals that Sin-Dee’s pimp and boyfriend Chester (James Ransone) was sleeping with a ‘fish’ woman while she was away. This sends Sin-Dee on a rampage through LA on Christmas Eve, as she tries to track down the people she believes have wronged her. Continue reading

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