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  • Shallow Grave

    Shallow Grave

    ★★★★

    Establishing the distinctive texture of his early career, Danny Boyle presents life as a trance through thudding electro beats and strong primary colours, using deep reds, blues, and yellows to reflect the contrasting shades of his three leads as Eccleston’s depressive temperament refuses to mix with the warm tones exuded by McGregor and Fox. Up for risk and thriving on impulse, McGregor steals the show as the short-sighted journalist whose likeability affords him a happy ending that few characters would…

  • Life

    Life

    ★★

    Following the route established by Ridley Scott’s Alien, Life makes little effort to find inspiration in old plotting as its tale of uncontrollable savagery is explained away through an alien lifeform’s insatiable appetite for destruction and control. Putting survival at the forefront of the film’s major predicament, the writers opt for dread over depth, styling the action so that death is at the very forefront of all that the ironically-titled movie has to offer for its humble viewers as the film’s driving element swiftly eradicates its potential to explore new avenues.

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  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★★★★

    I cried more than once during this film and that's an extremely big deal considering my usual inability to connect to blockbusters. I was absolutely dreading seeing Interstellar because even though Christopher Nolan has proved time and time again that he's a fantastic director, this film just didn't appear to be all that promising. Not only did it look unoriginal and overly-ambitious but the idea of sitting through two and a half hours of Matthew McConaughey delivering his finest southern…

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★

    I wasn’t going to bother reviewing Star Wars: The Force Awakens out of respect for the majority of the film population who adore the series, but as I’ve seen the original trilogy numerous times I feel like I’ve earned the right to put in my two cents on this one.

    Seeing a Star Wars film in the cinema was a strange experience for me and possibly the only time that I’ve felt like a complete movie outsider. I covertly glanced…