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‘Everybody Wants Some!!’ – Film Review

Billing it as a “spiritual sequel” to Richard Linklater’s 1993 last-day-of-school classic Dazed and Confused somewhat misrepresents Everybody Wants Some!! In fact it’s thematically related to plenty of the American…

X-Men: Apocalypse – Film Review

By naming the franchise's latest instalment Apocalypse, the X-Men creative team can't help raising our expectations. Presumably this time we're not getting the usual snap, crackle and pop, but super-sized,…

‘I Saw The Light’ – Film Review

Hank Williams’ story is lurid, soap opera stuff, the sort of plot trash-lit legend Jackie Collins might have whipped up, but with fewer cowboy hats and better names. The singer…

‘Son Of Saul’ – Film Review

Son of Saul has been scooping up prizes for months, from the Grand Prix at last year’s Cannes Film Festival to Best Foreign Language film at this year’s Golden Globes…

‘Demolition’ – Film Review

Jean-Marc Vallée, director of Dallas Buyers Club and Wild, adds another existential crisis to his roster. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Davis Mitchell, a man whose wife is killed in a car…

‘Jane Got A Gun’ – Film Review

The production of Jane Got A Gun was one of the most ‘troubled’ in recent memory. Michael Fassbender and Jude Law both signed on for lead roles, then left before…

‘Miles Ahead’ – Film Review

Let’s brush past the title, which even if it is taken from an actual Miles Davis album is still a painful pun that means essentially nothing. Don Cheadle, who directs,…

‘Captain America: Civil War’ – Film Review

If Captain America: Civil War feels more substantial than most Marvel movies, it's probably because it's driven by a serious modern-day issue: accountability. After the ever-expanding superhero crew destroyed the…

‘Eye In The Sky’ – Film Review

Director Gavin Hood’s military drama takes place largely in real time. Colonel Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren) arrives at an underground military base in the UK and receives intel that three…

‘The Jungle Book’ – Film Review

Jon Favreau’s reworking of Disney’s reworking of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book is much bloodier in tooth and claw than the 1967 cartoon. Realised in astonishing CGI, with a very…

‘Victoria’ – Film Review

The super-long tracking shot has been very hot recently. That raid on the camp in The Revenant. The opening sequence of Spectre. All of Birdman. Increasingly, directors love a single,…

‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’ – Film Review

Maths is a tricky thing to translate into exciting viewing. Watching someone balancing algorithms or messing about with multivariate polynomials just isn’t conducive to urgently shovelling popcorn into your face.…