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Cinema Review – Free State of Jones

During the American Civil War, Newton Knight (Matthew McConaughey) deserts from the Cinfederate Army and, after initially hiding out in the swamp with runaway slaves, begins to grow his own army, one that is open to all who want to join, and has the aim of taking down the bullies within the southern army. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – The First Monday in May

Each year on the first Monday in May, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York opens their annual exhibition at the Costume Institute with the famous and star-studded Met Gala. In 2015, the exhibition was China: Through The Looking Glass, and filmmaker Andrew Rossi followed curator Andrew Bolton for eight months in the run up to the fashion event of the year. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – The Magnificent Seven

In the old West, businessman and rogue Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard) has his eye on the small town of Rose Creek, which happens to be home to a literal gold mine. When Bogue kills several of the town’s men and gives everyone else three weeks to decide whether or not to sell to him, Emma Cullen (Haley Bennett) sets out to round up outlaws whose loyalty can be bought, in order to protect the town from Bogue and his men. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Little Men

Jake (Theo Taplitz) and Tony (Michael Barbieri) become fast friends when Jake’s parents inherit the building where Tony’s mother Leonor (Paulina Garcia) has had a dress shop for many years. Although Jake’s grandfather never increased the rent, Jake’s father Brian (Greg Kinear) is determined to, and this puts strain on the friendship between the two boys. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Dare to be Wild

Ever since she was a child, Mary Reynolds (Emma Greenwell) has had a fascination with nature, and dreams of becoming a landscape designer. When she lands a job with a prestigious firm she thinks she is on her way, but her designs are stolen and she is left jobless. Not deterred, Mary decides to take matters into her own hands and enter the Chelsea Flower Show on her own steam, the only trouble is that she’ll need sponsors and a lot of help to make her dream come true. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – The Girl With All The Gifts

In a dystopian future, Melanie (Sennia Nanua) knows no other life than being feared by adults, even as they teach her, and experiment with her. When the secure base she lives on is overrun by Hungries, she, her teacher Miss Justineau (Gemma Arterton), scientist Dr Caldwell (Glenn Close) and soldiers Sgt Parks (Paddy Considine) and Kieran (Fisayo Akinade) set out on a journey for survival, even as Melanie knows she is not like those around her. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – The Siege of Jadotville

In the early 1960s, as both sides of the Cold War vied for control of the newly created Republic of the Congo and the rich minerals the country was home to, Irish peacekeeping troops were sent to the country by the UN to keep watch at the Jadotville compound. After a military operation goes wrong, the Irish troops suddenly find themselves laid siege to by French and Belgian mercenaries. Outnumbered and outgunned, it seems that help is not on the way. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Ricky Baker (Julian Dennison) is sent to live on a remote New Zealand farm with his new foster parents Hec (Sam Neill) and Bella (Rima Te Wiata), as a last resort; Ricky has a reputation for being troubled, so the hope is that so far away from everything, he cannot get into trouble. When Bella unexpectedly dies, Child Services arrange to take Ricky back into care so he makes a run for it, with Hec following after him. With the two hiding out in the wilderness, and rumours circulating of child sexual abuse – of which there is none – Hec and Ricky have no choice but to live off the land until the national manhunt for the pair is called off. Continue reading

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TIFF Review – The Fixer

Radu Patru (Tudor Istodor) is a Romanian man working as a general problem solver – or Fixer – and translator in a French publication. When a scandal involving people trafficking and underage sex workers hits both France and Romania, Radu is challenged with getting an interview with one of the underage girls caught up in the scandal. The trouble is that since Anca (Diana Spatarescu) is under 18, and her family don’t seem very bothered about where their daughter was for a month, this job is a lot harder than it seems. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Bridget Jones’s Baby

Five years after the end of her relationship with Mark Darcy (Colin Firth), Bridget Jones (Renée Zellwegger) finds herself celebrating her birthday alone… Again. In a effort to turn over a new leaf, Bridget and her work colleague Miranda (Sarah Solemani) head to a music festival for a bit of fun. After she hooks up with the dashing Jack (Patrick Dempsey) at the festival, and falls back into bed with the familiar Mark Darcy a few days later, Bridget finds herself pregnant, with no clue who the father could be. Continue reading

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