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‘War For The Planet Of The Apes’ – Film Review

Graffiti sprayed by an ape on the walls of an underground tunnel describes this thrilling movie in a nutshell: ‘Ape-pocalypse Now’. The iconic 1979 Vietnam War movie isn’t writer/director Matt…

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‘The Beguiled’ – Film Review

Sofia Coppola recently called her seventh film a “male fantasy turned nightmare”. Adapted from a Thomas P. Cullinan novel written 51 years ago, it exudes a delicious, initially imperceptible darkness,…

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Hounds Of Love – Film Review

Nobody ever really knows what’s happening just down the road. It’s 1987 in suburban Australia, and locals are barely aware that a girl has gone missing. Posters bearing her face…

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Spider-Man: Homecoming – Film Review

When a 19-year-old Tom Holland popped up for 10 minutes of 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, his chirpy Peter Parker briefly swept the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe from under the feet of…

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‘Despicable Me 3’ – Film Review

Gru, the reformed super-villain at the heart of the Despicable Me series, has long been overshadowed by his own support cast. The Minions, that indistinguishable rubble of bad guys who…

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‘Baby Driver’ – Film Review

Calling any new film a “future cult classic” feels a bit off. After all, that kind of fanbase is meant to grow organically as movie buffs pore over key scenes…

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Okja – Film Review

Controversy has courted Bong Joon Ho’s Okja at every turn. First, it drew criticism as Netflix’s debut entry at the Cannes Film Festival, where cinephiles booed at one of the…

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‘Whitney: Can I Be Me’ Film Review

When Whitney Houston was found drowned in a hotel bathtub in 2012, with a variety of drugs in her system, the primary global reaction was shock. Not just that she’d…

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‘The Mummy’ – Film Review

Today’s 18-year-olds would have been newborns when Brendan Fraser first starred in The Mummy back in 1999. Set in 1926, that dated, roguish horror – itself a remake of a 1932 film…

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‘Wonder Woman’ – Film Review

If the DC extended universe has so far been left lacking when compared to rival Marvel’s arsenal of Avengers, Iron Man, Captain America et al, Wonder Woman is the one…

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‘War Machine’ – Film Review

By far the starriest of Netflix’s self-built movies so far – as well as megastar Brad Pitt, the cast includes Ben Kingsley, Tilda Swinton and Will Poulter – War Machine…

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‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge’ – Film Review

The incredible success of Pirates Of The Caribbean is an endorsement of the old “Disney magic”. It’s hard to imagine anyone else turning a theme park ride into a film franchise…

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