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Film Review – Inside Llewyn Davies

At many an occasion Inside Llewyn Davis plays like a musical; the narrative is stopped to play songs at their whole length, with lyrics reflecting a character’s feeling at that given moment (including a very catchy pop hit about lacking aspiration and staying where you are). In fact it seems all aspects of the movie – its tone, themes, structure and musical choices – centre around its protagonist, the movie hinging almost entirely around Oscar Isaac’s performance.» >

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Film Review – Grudge Match by Oliver Dickinson

I had little expectations. The cinema was empty apart from one hooded figure at the very front (why choose to sit in the front row of a vacant cinema? I have no clue) and a couple sitting right at the back. We were all there to see Grudge Match, in which rival boxers and best enemies, Billy ‘The Kid’ McDonnen (De Niro) and Henry ‘Razor’ Sharp (Stallone), come out of retirement for one last brawl dubbed ‘Grudgement Day’.» >

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TV Programme of the Week – Sherlock

Some people are deluding themselves that the first two episodes of ‘Sherlock’ were disappointing. They weren’t, they were brilliant but in different ways that show the writers’ eagerness to push the show beyond a simple ‘solve-a-crime scenario’. Certainly ‘The Sign of Three’ was considerably more character-driven and although it didn’t look promising to start with, it paid off by the end. ‘His Last Vow’ in many ways sees a return to more traditional ‘Sherlock’, with a villain taken from the books in the form of Charles Augustus Milverton, here changed to Magnussen.» >

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Round Up of Christmas Television

Christmas may seem like a distant memory now but we thought we would embrace it for just a little while longer! Throughout the period our whole team were glued to the box, watching all those fabulous little treats that are saved for this special time of year. So here is what our writers thought of a few of the most publicised shows of Christmas 2013.

Doctor Who

When the opening scene means reviewers can use the phrase “cooked a turkey”, Stephen Moffat should have known he was going to have to produce an episode worthy enough to not let us take the bait, especially as this was Matt Smith’s final run as the Doctor.» >

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Film Review – Devil’s Due by Sian Carrington

As a supernatural movie enthusiast, I was confident Devil’s Due would be the thriller of the year. This is what the trailer led me to believe. And why wouldn’t it? It was a blatant collection of the most startling scenes, craftily edited in a way that made it look scarier than it was.

Devil’s Due is a predictable and derivative film that lazily encompasses the ideas of a number of other movies.» >

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Film Review – The Wolf of Wall Street

WARNING! – IF YOU DON’T WANT YOUR INNOCENT MINDS CORRUPTED, DO NOT SEE THIS MOVIE.

180 Minutes of Crime, corruption and fornicating, Martin Scorsese’s, The Wolf of Wall Street, is an exhilarating, eye-opening portrayal of  society’s hidden, excessive and chaotic lifestyles.

Based on the true, autobiographical memoirs of debauched New Yorker Jordon Belton, – whom incidentally briefly stars within the last scene of the film- depicts the events of his rise to a monumentally wealthy, successful and corrupt stockbroker head of his own firm ; Stratton Oakmont,- to his drug-fuelled demise.» >

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Film Review – The Railway Man

The Japanese army’s treatment of prisoners of war has most notably been shown before in the classic film The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) but thanks to Eric Lomax’s written account of his experiences and this film adaptation of them, we can have a greater look into the psychological impact of those events. Colin Firth plays an older Lomax, who appears to be a shy ‘railway enthusiast’ on meeting Patti (Kidman) on a train.» >

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Film Review – American Hustle

All art is basically a con, and no movie this year seems to articulate that more than American Hustle. The opening sequence is that of Irving (Christian Bale) carefully placing his toupee and throughout the film the camera movements pay close attention to period detail and very revealing clothing (American Cleavage). This attention to the aesthetic of the actors and the style of the film is ultimately where American Hustle’s ultimate focus lies, to the detriment of other aspects.» >

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