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THE BIG SICK | FILM PREVIEW

THE BIG SICK | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Michael Showalter (15, 119 mins) An initial culture clash romantic comedy turns into something far more resonant while not stinting on laughs in this excellent debut from writers Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V Gordon. It’s your classic Pakistani guy meets American girl who falls into a coma and based on Nanjiani and Gordon’s […]

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DUNKIRK | FILM PREVIEW

DUNKIRK | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Christopher Nolan (12A, 118 mins) War films don’t come much more epic than this. Christopher Nolan, director of the Dark Knight trilogy, Inception, and Interstellar, turns his considerable skills towards this tale of heroic mass evacuation, a pivotal moment in 1940 during World War II. 400,000 Allied troops were stranded on the beaches of […]

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WE’VE BEEN WATCHING | FEATURE

WE’VE BEEN WATCHING | FEATURE

THE HANDMAID’S TALE MGM Television (available on All 4) Adapted from Margaret Atwood’s novel, The Handmaid’s Tale depicts life in a patriarchal, dystopian society. Within the established regime women have no rights, and as such, are required into restrictive, abusive roles. Offred (a wonderful Elizabeth Moss), as a handmaid, is sent to live with the commander […]

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THE BEGUILED | FILM PREVIEW

THE BEGUILED | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Sofia Coppola (15, 94 mins) Sofia Coppola’s assured remake of the 1971 Don Siegel directed original starring Clint Eastwood has already won her plaudits at the Cannes Film Festival. Set during the American Civil War, Colin Farrell’s wounded Union soldier McBurney shows up in enemy territory, a girl’s seminary school in the South […]

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WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES | FILM PREVIEW

WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Matt Reeves (12A, 120 mins) The apes return after their Rise and Dawn with a full-on war against humankind which may bring us full circle to Charlton Heston’s original 1969 film, as the apes threaten to overrun the planet. Following the rather good Dawn, Andy Serkis’ mo-capped Caesar defeated a challenge to his leadership, now he […]

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TERROR AT THE TRAMSHED | FILM FEATURE

TERROR AT THE TRAMSHED | FILM FEATURE

On Sun 30 July, between 6.30pm until 10pm, Fractured Visions will be taking over the Tramshed Cinema, Cardiff. They’ll be serving up a double-helping of cult movie madness, with the most depraved, frightening and downright insane slices of genre cinema to come to the big screen. From the erotic and lacerating Gialli from Italy, to the slice […]

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CARS 3 | FILM PREVIEW

CARS 3 | FILM PREVIEW

*** Dir: Brian Fee (PG, 109 mins) After the disappointing spy-based bloat of Cars 2, this franchise seemed to very much have a flat tyre, whether this back to basics Rocky-esque sequel will re-inflate said tyre is based on the mechanics of this threequel. Owen Wilson once again voices Lightning McQueen, the red car desperate […]

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THE LAST WORD | FILM PREVIEW

THE LAST WORD | FILM PREVIEW

** Dir: Mark Pellington (15, 108 mins) Shirley MacLaine adds some gravitas to this somewhat cheesy comedy drama as Harriet Laurel, a control freak who’s prevented herself from embracing life with her acid tongue. She employs Amanda Seyfried’s obituary writer to write her obituary before she dies. Trouble is no one has a good word […]

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HOUNDS OF LOVE | FILM PREVIEW

HOUNDS OF LOVE | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Ben Young (18, 108 mins) Gruelling abduction drama from Australia that veers into torture porn territory but manages to subvert and add depth to what could have been merely a horrific exploitation flick. Apparently normal couple Evelyn and John White played chillingly by Emma Booth and Stephen Curry abduct 17-year old Vicki, an […]

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SONG TO SONG | FILM PREVIEW

SONG TO SONG | FILM PREVIEW

** Dir: Terrence Malick (15, 129 mins) The once far from prolific director of Badlands and The Thin Red Line returns with another ponderous, over hashed tale of meandering characters, this time meandering in the music scene of Austin, Texas. To the Wonder and Knight of Cups, Malick’s most recent films have had plenty of twirling camerawork and […]

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