Category Archives: Film review

Belfast – a review

Kenneth Branagh’s cellulose autobiography of his childhood is one of those productions that almost resists a critique because it is so absolutely honest in the depiction of growing up in the middle of Northern Ireland’s religious and bloody battles between … Continue reading

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The Duke – a review

As football commentators are apt to say, this was a game of two-halves. The Duke doesn’t really get off the ground until the trial scenes. And for all of its length it remains unabashed English nostalgia for a time that … Continue reading

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Death on the Nile – Review

I begin with a lament. The composer of the film score, Scotland’s Patrick Doyle, a creator of prodigious output who really ought to be lauded as our national composer, has manufactured a low, deep insistent growl for the tense murder … Continue reading

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Nightmare Alley – a review

I can understand why this film bombed at the box office. It stretches too far, and was shot in colour but after some selected North American premiers, issued in black and white by the studio. I have no idea why … Continue reading

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Dune – a review

Moviegoers of Denis Villeneuve’s 2021 adaptation (Hollywood’s third attempt), of the sci-fi novel Dune have noticed the presence of bagpipes during the latest two-and-a-half-hour epic. The new movie version of Frank Herbert’s best-selling novel has received positive reviews since its premiere … Continue reading

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The Last Duel – a Review

The last time I wrote about Matt Damon was his almost solo performance as a marooned astronaut in ‘The Martian‘. I commented he had a habit of choosing storylines in which his character always gets rescued. In Ridley Scott’s medievil … Continue reading

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Tenet – a review

How grand to see cinemas reopening after months of lock-down, and better still to see small production companies and the major studios show there work on the big screen again, not constrained to a television transmission. There is no doubt … Continue reading

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The Assistant – a review

Depraved behaviour, with the Harvey Weinstein trial in New York seeing the movie mogul jailed for 23 years, a second trial soon to be held in Los Angeles on new charges, The Assistant is a perfectly timed, highly topical study … Continue reading

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Dark Waters – a review

“The system is rigged. They want us to think they protect us. We protect us. We do!” That cri de cœur might easily be thrown in the face of any modern neo-liberal regime. Democracies have to be vigilant. People must … Continue reading

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Greed – a review

Many years ago, in 1992, when stand up comedians were not the Calgary Stampede they are today as a career choice, so few they could be placed in a single venue and still leave room for a ballet company to … Continue reading

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