Category Archives: Film review

The Florida Project – a review

This is a five star movie. No doubt about it. I should begin by stating that without hesitation. My criteria for awarding five stars appears to be of a higher standard than a lot of critics and reviewers who assume … Continue reading

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Murder on the Orient Express – a review

I approached the new version of Agatha Christie’s most audacious murder story with trepidation. I’d seen the original film version directed by Sydney Lumet thirty years earlier and had the privilege of interviewing the film’s composer Richard Rodney Bennett on … Continue reading

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The Death of Stalin – a review

Armando Iannucci – let’s not forget the OBE – the creator of this darkly-satirical comedy, is a Scot who likes to be called a Scot. But before anybody cheers remember he is apt to defend the BBC, his alma mater, … Continue reading

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Blade Runner 2049 – a review

When Blade Runner was premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival it was not the wildly successful film that people fondly assume it was. In fact, it was something of a mystery. Bits of the plot went unexplained, the pace was slow, … Continue reading

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Detroit – a review

This is a difficult film to dismiss as a lumbering beast, uneven and fractured, or to praise as powerful and a fine work of art. Detroit runs for over one hundred and fifty minutes – it feels much longer if you … Continue reading

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Hotel Salvation – a review

Autumn is in the air and at last we’re free of summer’s turgid block-busted turkeys, now approaching all the good stuff held back by the studios for New Year’s awards. The first into your local art house is a delight, a … Continue reading

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War for Planet of the Apes – a review

This latest simian epic could be entitled ‘Apes of Wrath’ so angry are the aboreal primates at the way we treat them. What you see in this entertaining – if man killing ape and ape killing man can be described … Continue reading

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