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WE’VE BEEN WATCHING | FEATURE

WE’VE BEEN WATCHING | FEATURE

RUBBER Canal+ (available on Amazon Prime) Robert is a murderous car tyre. With aesthetically pleasing Hannibal-like camera shots, and satirically funny character lines, this movie looks like it should be an indie masterpiece. One main character, Lieutenant Chad, explains to the audience the ideas behind ‘no reason’, and then precedes to do not-quite-random actions. ‘No […]

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WOW FILM FESTIVAL: THE WAR SHOW | FILM REVIEW

WOW FILM FESTIVAL: THE WAR SHOW | FILM REVIEW

Kicking things off at this year’s WOW film festival, The War Show is quite easily one of the most powerful and deeply affecting films of 2017 so far. If you have seen or can remember the rather brilliant Oscar-nominated 2013 documentary, The Square, then this is its distant relative; a frontline account of the aftermath […]

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PERSONAL SHOPPER | FILM PREVIEW

PERSONAL SHOPPER | FILM PREVIEW

*** Dir:  Olivier Assayas (15, 105 mins) An unconventional ghost story that examines spiritual crisis, Assayas’ film reunites him with emo-queen Kristen Stewart after the excellent Clouds of Sils Maria. Stewart plays a personal shopper to a celebrity, travelling from fashion house to fashion house to pick out expensive clothes for her boss to wear. […]

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST | FILM PREVIEW

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Bill Condon (PG, 123 mins) After the box office bonanzas that greeted its live action remakes of Cinderella and The Jungle Book, Disney continues to plunder its back catalogue for remakes. The 1991 animated classic was nominated for an Oscar for best film, had superb tunes and charm to boot, this looks set to […]

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KONG: SKULL ISLAND | FILM PREVIEW

KONG: SKULL ISLAND | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Jordan Vogt-Roberts (12A, 120 mins) King Kong is the granddaddy of all monster movies. The 1933 black and white original with the giant gorilla on top of the Empire State Building is an iconic movie moment. It’s been recreated twice, in 1976 with Jessica Lange and some cheesy puppetry and by Peter Jackson in […]

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ELLE | FILM PREVIEW

ELLE | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Paul Verhoeven (18, 130 mins) Provocative and disturbing, the director of tabloid baiting hits Basic Instinct and Showgirls, giddying violent adventures Starship Troopers and Total Recall returns with his most uncomfortable film to date. Isabelle Huppert is superb as an icy Paris video games executive, whose top selling game has such queasy highlights as orc rape. […]

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WALES ON FILM | FEATURE

WALES ON FILM | FEATURE

From Pembrokeshire to Snowdonia, Nathan Roach highlights some of Wales’ top filming locations to visit this year. Dunraven Bay Known as Southerndown beach to the locals, this beach is known for its breathtaking views, the odd fossil hidden beneath its stones, and the busy clicker-clatter of studio hands, having previously welcomed Doctor Who, Sherlock, and […]

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RULES DON’T APPLY | FILM PREVIEW

RULES DON’T APPLY | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Warren Beatty (12A, 127 mins) An indulgent mess of a film, that still mostly entertains but remains unsatisfying and is all the more disappointing as this may be 79-year-old Hollywood legend Warren Beatty’s last film. He plays Howard Hughes, the eccentric millionaire with real mental health issues, here unfortunately mostly played for laughs, […]

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DON’T TAKE ME HOME | FILM PREVIEW

DON’T TAKE ME HOME | FILM PREVIEW

Wales’ triumphant performance in the Euros last year feels like a distant dream, and we still almost can’t believe it. If you want to relive their historic victory, this film will definitely succeed in doing so. Following the epic journey of Chris Coleman’s side, this film will bring back memories that will last a lifetime. Named after the song bellowed by Welsh football […]

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LOGAN | FILM PREVIEW

LOGAN | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: James Mangold (15, 120 mins) Hugh Jackman’s last hurrah as the adamantium clawed Wolverine marks a change in tone from his previous outings. More in the vein of Mark Millar’s Old Man Logan series of stories, with the elegiac feel of Westerns like Unforgiven, this has Logan stripped back to his basics, vulnerable and […]

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