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Cinema Review – Sunset Song

Chris (Agyness Deyn) is a young woman living Scotland in the early 1900s. Talented at school, everything changes for her when her mother dies and her brother leaves home. It is up to Chris to make a life for herself, a better one than her mother lived. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Christmas with the Coopers

On Christmas Eve, the Cooper family prepare to spend the holidays together. The trouble is that each of them is lying in their own way; Charlotte (Diane Keaton) and Sam (John Goodman) are disguising the fact they are about to separate after 40 years of marriage, Eleanor (Olivia Wilde) brings home a stranger she meets in an airport to pretend to be her boyfriend, and waitress Ruby (Amanda Seyfried) has not told her favourite customer Bucky (Alan Arkin) that she is moving away from Pittsburgh for good. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – The Lesson

When her wallet is stolen by one of her students, schoolteacher Nade (Margita Gosheva), is determined to find out who is responsible. Not exactly flush with cash, Nade and her family’s woes deepen when they are told their home will be repossessed. Rather than lash out at the husband who spent the mortgage payments on car parts, Nade sets out to solve both of her problems, but soon finds the method she uses to be increasingly complicated and difficult. Continue reading

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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 – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

“Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome to the 76th Hunger Games”, so says Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin) as the rebels from District 13 make their final assault on the Capitol to take down President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and win freedom for all of Panem. Of course Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) cannot sit on the sidelines – even after she was almost choked to death at the end of the last film – and she is right in the mix with the rest of the fighters, but it is not long before a new and more dangerous threat than the Capitol emerges. 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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