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TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT | FILM PREVIEW

TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT | FILM PREVIEW

** Dir: Michael Bay (12A, interminable mins) Another entry in this seemingly unstoppable franchise of noise, rapid-fire editing and slo-mo of American flags is born. And it’s more of the same. Bombastic director Michael Bay puts these toys that transform into vehicles into a more mythic dimension: they are part of Camelot and Arthurian legends […]

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CHURCHILL | FILM PREVIEW

CHURCHILL | FILM PREVIEW

*** Dir: Johnathan Terplitzky (PG, 98 mins) Brian Cox stars as Winston Churchill in the most critical moments of his leadership, following him in the 24 hours leading up to D-Day. Fearful of sending more men to senseless slaughter, as he had done in Gallipoli in the First World War, Churchill is riddled with doubt […]

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BERLIN SYNDROME | FILM PREVIEW

BERLIN SYNDROME | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Cate Shortland (15, 116 mins) A captivity thriller delivered with intelligence by Australian director Shortland, who also made the excellent Somersault. This has Teresa Palmer playing an Australian photojournalist mooching around Berlin. She falls under the spell of friendly local teacher Max Riemalt, their relationship blossoms and a night of passion ensues. Then […]

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GIFTED | FILM PREVIEW

GIFTED | FILM PREVIEW

*** Dir: Marc Webb (12A, 101 mins) Chris Evans puts down his shield as an Avenger and steps into the more human role of a man trying to raise his young niece as his sister, who tragically killed herself, would have wanted. The child is a prodigy, however, and Evans has to decide what is […]

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WILSON | FILM PREVIEW

WILSON | FILM PREVIEW

** Dir: Craig Johnson (15, 94 mins) Daniel Clowes’ graphic novel gets turned into celluloid, but this, despite the starry cast, is not as successful a media change as Ghost World. Woody Harrelson stars as Wilson, a supposedly likeable curmudgeonly bag of quirks who, unfortunately, is often just plain annoying. He’s a loner, irritating people […]

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THE MUMMY | FILM PREVIEW

THE MUMMY | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Alex Kurtzman (12A, 120 mins) Tom Cruise is back with another potential franchise. Universal is aiming to reboot all their classic monster movies and give them a contemporary edge; for the first time since the cinematic birth of the monster in 1932, the Mummy is played by a woman. Move over Boris Karloff […]

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MY COUSIN RACHEL | FILM PREVIEW

MY COUSIN RACHEL | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Roger Michell (12A, 99 mins) Based on Daphne DuMaurier’s novel, this is a dark, sensual tale of revenge with Rachel Weisz excelling as an object of desire/hate. DuMaurier’s novels are flights of Gothic fancy, with The Birds, Don’t Look Now and Rebecca fellow classic texts that have been turned into celluloid. Director Michell has also […]

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THE SHACK | FILM PREVIEW

THE SHACK | FILM PREVIEW

** Dir:  Stuart Hazeldine (12A, 132 mins) A religious drama based on the 2007 bestselling novel by William P. Young, this bloated faith exploration has Octavia Spencer stepping into Morgan Freeman’s godly shoes, giving self-help insights to Sam Worthington’s grieving father. Worthington is a Christian man whose life is upturned when his daughter is abducted […]

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WONDER WOMAN | FILM PREVIEW

WONDER WOMAN | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Patty Jenkins (12A, 141 mins) The only good thing to come out of Batman Vs Superman was Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman. The first female superhero to have her own film after her initial comic book appearance 75 years ago, Lynda Carter’s iconic take on Diana Prince was a hallmark of the 1970s and 80s, […]

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DIY GUIDE: FILM AND PHOTOGRAPHY | FEATURE

DIY GUIDE: FILM AND PHOTOGRAPHY | FEATURE

This month, as part of our 25th anniversary festivities, we’re celebrating the creative spirit in all its aspects and are hosting a series of talks and workshops on the meaning of creativity and how to best get involved in the creative arts. With this mood of inspiration in mind, we’ve put together this guide to […]

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