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  • Spielberg

    Spielberg

    ★★½

    Overlong, rose tinted examination of the life and work of the director responsible for Always, Hook and Jurassic Park 2. 
    To some Spielberg an arbiter of dreams, the epic raconteur, to others he is the personification of brash American, commercial cinema, lacking in subtlety and substance. In all honesty I have enjoyed a good few of his movies, mostly those made in the earlier part of his career, before his appetite for Oscars determined his choice of subject matter. This…

  • Molly's Game

    Molly's Game

    ★★★½

    An impressive debut from heavyweight wordsmith Aaron Sorkin. Clever and timely story of a smart, determined woman, in a very male world.
    Chastain and Alba are really on top form and the dialogue snaps as you’d expect. With visual shades of Scorsese and juicey wordplay, everything zips along at a hearty pace, it’s just a shame that the general story feels so familiar and the narrative suffers from the usual Sorkin sentimentality. There is also a parental reunion scene that…

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  • Gaga: Five Foot Two

    Gaga: Five Foot Two

    ½

    Bargain-bin Madonna impersonator, Lady Gaga affords us a carefully edited insight into her decadent life of narcissistic self-obsession. 
    We follow the diminutive pop princess around as an entourage of giggling sycophants bow, crawl and grovel to her every need. 
    Clearly the project was made with the In bed With Madonna documentary in mind, only Gaga's film takes no risks, exposes no insecurities and avoids at all costs showing its star in anything other than a favourable light. 
    What really struck…

  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    ★★★★★

    To watch a film that's held up to be one of the all time greats is a daunting task, however Sunrise, more than lived up to the weight of my expectation. German expressionist director F. W. Murnau (Nosferatu, Faust) made Sunrise for the Fox Film corporation in 1927 and it proved a milestone of artistic and technical innovation.
    Murnau, a director open to experimentation employed the Fox Movietone sound-on-film system, as a consequence Sunrise became one of the first films…