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Cinema Review- Logan

In 2029, no new mutants have been born for over 20 years, and Logan (Hugh Jackman) – once known as Wolverine – is working as a limo driver and trying to keep the ailing Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) away from prying eyes. All is going well until a woman appears begging for Logan’s help, and Charles announces that a new mutant has been born, and he is communicating with her. Continue reading

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ADIFF Review – The Farthest

“There’s a limit to what you can learn, just looking through a telescope from Earth” Documentarian Emer Reynolds shines a light on the Voyager space exploration programme of the 1970s, talking to the scientists involved in the mission to find out just what was known about the solar system before the programme, and how Voyager – which will still be going long after our sun has burned out – changed our view of the solar system around us. Continue reading

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ADIFF Review – Tomato Red

Sammy (Jake Weary) is fresh out of jail and looking for new friends and a way to spend his weekends. When his newest attempt at making friends leads him to break into a big house, he falls asleep and is awoken by Jamalee (Julia Garner) and her brother Jason (Nick Roux), who do not live in the house, as Sammy first believes. Fascinated by Jamalee and her bright red hair, Sammy agrees to provide security for the siblings, and help them get away from the prejudice of Venus Holler, where they live. Continue reading

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ADIFF Review – I am Not Your Negro

Based on the unfinished manuscript Remember This House by James Baldwin, I am Not Your Negro examines the relationships, tensions and often outright fear and hatred between the white and African-American populations of the US. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson – who stands in for the late James Baldwin –the film is also interspersed with footage of Baldwin himself, and draws a powerful comparison between the unrest and violent incidents in Ferguson in 2014, and the 1963 riots in Birmingham Alabama. Continue reading

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ADIFF Review – Mindhorn

Actor Richard Thorncroft (Julian Barratt) was at the top of his game in the 1980s; star of the hit TV show Mindhorn – on which he played a secret agent with a bionic eye that could always see the truth – Thorncroft was sure that he was one step away from the big time. In 2016, however, things are not so rosy for Thorncroft; washed up and making TV ads for orthopaedic socks, Thorncroft is still suffers from delusions of grandeur. When a killer on the Isle of Man will only speak to Mindhorn, however, Richard Thorncroft is drafted in, and dusts off his most famous character one more time. Continue reading

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ADIFF Review – The Piano Lesson

Documentarian Ken Wardrop turns his eye from the relationship between mothers and sons in Mom & Me, to people learning piano throughout Ireland, and the reasons they have for doing so. Continue reading

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ADIFF Review – Gleason

In 2011, three years after retiring as a professional NFL player, Steve Gleason was diagnosed with degenerative disease ALS. Just a few weeks later, Gleason’s wife Michel Varisco, discovered she was pregnant, so Gleason set out to create video diaries for his unborn child, so he could pass on his love, fears, hops and beliefs to his child. Continue reading

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ADIFF Review – The Student

Veniamin (Pyotr Skvortsov) a high school student begins preaching the bible to his fellow students, teachers, friends and family after he is confronted about missing swimming classes at school. As time passes, and Veniamin becomes ever more passionate, he begins to butt heads with his biology teacher Elena (Viktoriya Isakova), to dangerous and explosive ends. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Best

Daniel Gordon’s documentary chronicles legendary footballer George Best’s rise to fame, from being a homesick teenager who skipped out on his trial for Manchester United, through to his move to the US to play for teams such as the LA Aztecs. Best also looks at the obsessions that defined Best’s life; football and excess. Continue reading

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ADIFF Review – Lady Macbeth

Katherine (Florence Pugh) is sold into marriage with Alexander (Paul Hilton), a caustic and rough middle-aged man who is unable to consummate their marriage. When Alexander and his father are both called away from the house, Katherine at first roams the halls like a ghost in crinolines, but soon begins an affair with a farm hand, an affair that has far reaching consequences. Continue reading

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