The Truth: Film Review

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There might not be any blockbuster releases on the horizon but there are plenty of independent film releases coming to digital over the next few weeks – and first up, it’s Hirokazu Kore-eda‘s French family drama, The Truth.

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First Reformed: Film Review

First Reformed was the one film I felt I really missed out on during the Sundance London film festival so I had to check it out ahead of its release. I felt like everyone has been raving about it, but I can’t say the same – I can appreciate that it’s a well-made movie but I didn’t actively enjoy it.

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Maudie: Film Review

You know when you need a movie that just lifts your spirits and puts a smile on your face? Well Maudie is just that. It is an absolutely wonderful film that brought a tear to my eye.

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets: Film Review

All along I had thought Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets looked rubbish so my expectations were so, so low. I think this helped because it was not good, but it really wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be and there were many redeeming factors about it.

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The Magnificent Seven: Film Review 

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I’m not a massive fan of westerns and I wasn’t enthusiastic about such a revered classic like 1960’s The Magnificent Seven being remade. However, those issues wouldn’t have mattered if it was a great film but it’s simply okay and basically a shoot em up by numbers.

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Top Films for September

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How is it September already?! I can’t believe it’s here but there is an impressive slate of films heading your way this month, so I had to expand my usual five-six recommendations to eight and I could have even included more. There is THAT much cool stuff coming up.

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Maggie’s Plan: Film Review

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I love Greta Gerwig so naturally Maggie’s Plan was attractive to me, and she doesn’t disappoint. This is a perfect example of Greta Gerwig fodder – funny, verbose and understated. An adorable movie.

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Predestination: Film Review

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Predestination is one hell of a complex time travel movie and one which doesn’t make an awful lot of sense. Trying to rationalise and make it logical is futile because the logic simply isn’t there. Being a person who likes clear explanations for everything, I was surprised that I still enjoyed it regardless.

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Boyhood: Film Review

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This is probably one of the most powerful films I have seen this year. It really makes you look at your life and how quickly time passes and it gave me a slight existential crisis if I’m honest. It is so unique and thought-provoking.

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Top Films for May

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21 and Over

This is a hilarious gross-out comedy in the style of American Pie. There really isn’t much of a plot except it is three guys getting drunk and wild to celebrate the last one’s 21st birthday. The only problem is that he has a college interview the following day. Starring Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect), Justin Chon (Twilight) and Miles Teller (Footloose/Project X). Released: 3rd May

 

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The Great Gatsby

I am SO excited for this and have been since December, when it was supposed to be released! Tobey Maguire plays Nick Carraway, the narrator of the story. He talks through his experiences with his neighbour Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his second cousin, Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan). I don’t want to give anything else away from those who haven’t read the book. I expect great things from this Baz Luhrmann production. Cannot wait! Released: 16th June.

 

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Epic

This is an animation in the same vein as A Bug’s Life. Mary Katherine (Amanda Seyfried) lives with her father, a professor (voiced by Jason Sudeikis). He studies the miniature group of warriors who live in the forest. One day, Mary is shrunk down and discovers the “leafmen”. She helps them protect the forest again the evil “Boggans” while trying to find her way back home. It looks amazing and is voiced by an amazing cast. Voices you may recognise are: Josh Hutcherson, Colin Farrell, Beyoncé, Chris O’Dowd and Christoph Waltz. Released: 22nd

 

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The Hangover III

Well, the boys are back for some more Las Vegas mayhem! I’m glad this is the last one because I’m getting a bit tired of the same formula but this is set to be entirely different. All the old favourites are back as well as new members John Goodman and Melissa McCarthy. I wasn’t too bothered but the trailer sucked me in and now I can’t wait. I’m sure it will end with a bang. Released: 24th

 

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The Purge

This is a very interesting idea for a horror/thriller. Crime rates are low in this world because one night a year, every crime (including murder) is legal. On that night, called “The Purge”, Ethan Hawke and his family lock down their house and just hope the night passes without trouble. Stupidly, their daughter takes pity on someone screaming for help and lets them in. They are now the target and making through the night in the one piece will be a challenge. So intrigued by this. Released: 31st