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  • The Game
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Recent reviews

  • The Old Oak

    The Old Oak


    The Old Oak is rife with a particular type of nostalgia and romantic idealism about past left wing struggles and solidarity, which is perhaps to be expected from Loach after a long career in essentially left wing “protest” films. It is also very sentimental and quite didactic, but the said nostalgia and idealism have an ameliorating effect on these that ultimately make it a sweet little film which functions as a cry for compassion and solidarity.

    Loach has often…

  • The Creator

    The Creator



    Edwards must have a real boner for the Vietnam war, what with this and ROGUE ONE. While the older film was a very obvious allegory about the Vietnam war, this is influenced by it in a more roundabout way, through its quite impressive imagery and world building (the latter is by far the best thing on offer here).

    Though it obviously thinks that it’s clever and topical, given that it’s centred on a war between mankind and Artificial Intelligence,…

Popular reviews

  • Dunkirk




    If films are judged according to how often and how well they hit their apparent targets (and they should), then Dunkirk is near flawless. Nolan has explained that he wanted to portray the rescue mission of allied troops from France at the beginning of WWII not as a traditional war film but as a thriller, a tale of suspense and survival, and he has managed to do exactly that.

    Even for a film which recounts a well known story,…

  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One



    Oh dear, this is not very good is it? I haven’t read Ernest Cline’s 2011 hit book on which this is based but it is hard to imagine that it’s any less hackneyed than the film. The book is supposed to be a fan letter to ’80s pop culture, set in a world where icons from movies, games and TV become real. But the film, though at times technically pretty impressive (of course it is, come on its Spielberg), is…