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Movie Review – They Shall Not Grow Old

Principal Cast : Various Synopsis:  A stunning glimpse into the life of World War I soldiers using state-of-the-art reconstructive technology and the latest cinematic effects to bring the conflict into the sharpest relief yet. **** November 11th, 2018 marked the centennial of the conclusion of the Great War, the first global conflict in which multiple nations of the Earth participated. The mark the occasion, New Zealand filmmaker Sir Peter Jackson, armed with WETA Digital’s array of digital technology, set about giving the war a modern update, by taking old film…

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Movie Review – Smallfoot

Principal Cast : Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, Common, LeBron James, Gina Rodriguez, Danny DeVito, Yara Shahidi, Ely Henry, Jimmy Tatro. Synopsis:  A young yeti discovers the existence of humans, or “smallfeet”, and throws his entire isolated community into chaos. ***** Brisk, solidly entertaining feature animation is becoming the norm for modern Hollywood, and Smallfoot is no exception. While hardly demanding in terms of premise, and fairly light on its feet with its dour subtext and pointed social commentary, Smallfoot offers charming animation and well-suited vocal talent to spare despite…

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Movie Review – Searching

Principal Cast : John Cho, Michelle La, Debra Messing, Sara Sohn, Joseph Lee, Steven Michael Eich, Ric Sarabia, Sean O’Bryan, Kya Dawn Lu, Megan Liu, Alex Jayne. Synopsis: After his 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a desperate father breaks into her laptop to look for clues to find her. ***** Searching is a film for the digital age. It’s both a stark warning and a warm affirmation regarding the presence of technology in our lives. Echoing similarly produced features such as Open Windows and Unfriended, Aneesh Chagantry’s Searching is told through the…

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Movie Review – Quake, The

Principal Cast : Kristoffer Joner, Ana Dahl Torp, Jonas Hoff Oftebro, Edith Haagenrud-Sandie, Hang Tran, Synopsis: In 1904 an earthquake of magnitude 5.4 on the Richter scale shook Oslo, with an epicenter in the “Oslo Graben” which runs under the Norwegian capital. There are now signs that indicate that we can expect a major future earthquake in Oslo. **** It’s the kind of film that begs the question: how can the same shit happen to the same family twice? Roar Uthuag’s 2015 Norwegian thriller The Wave delighted genre audiences with…

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Opinion 

The Genie Is Out: The Alternative Disney Renaissance

To borrow a phrase popularised Natalie Imbruglia, I’m torn. The latter stages of this decade have become an all-consuming tsunami of pop-culture defining cinema that, for many reasons, I’m struggling to appreciate the further the wave crests. Hollywood studio Disney, for so long the paragon of family entertainment and now one of the world’s leading corporate behemoths, is responsible for my despair; not for its size or omnipresent presence within our society, but for what appears to be a streak of capitalist cannibalism overtaking it. And to again borrow from…

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Movie Review – Outlaw King

Principal Cast : Chris Pine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Florence Pugh, Billy Howle, Tony Curran, Lorne MacFadyen, Alastair Mackenzie, James Cosmo, Callan Mulvey, Paul Blair, Stephen Dillane, Steven Cree, Sam Spruell, Rebecca Robin, Stewart Brown, Jamie Maclachlan. Synopsis:  A true David v Goliath story of how the great 14th Century Scottish ‘Outlaw King’ Robert The Bruce used cunning and bravery to defeat and repel the much larger and better equipped occupying English army. ***** Feudalism is easily my favourite period in European history, specifically the relationship between the nascent England and the battle-hardened…

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