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Sarah’s Key

This film jumps between two periods of time. The first is Paris in 1942, principally what was known as the Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup – which resulted in thousands of Parisian jews sent to Auschwitz for extermination. What made the event even more notorious is that the French Police were complicit in the roundup (something President Click here to read more…

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Cemetery Junction

So here we are, my first ever film review and it’s (drum roll please . . . ) Cemetery Junction. What? I hear you cry for despite the involvement of Ricky Gervais this film came and went with relatively little fanfare which is a shame as there is quite a lot to admire here. The Click here to read more…

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Les Diaboliques

Rated at number 4 on the imdb horror chart I very nearly gave up on this film. But my perseverance was rewarded eventually with some classic suspense and thriller that, rumour has it, inspired Hitchcock’s approach to Psycho. Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot, it tells the story of how a woman and her husband’s mistress kill Click here to read more…

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The Thing

Kurt Russell stars in John Carpenters’ remake of the 1951 classic, though it is actually more widely recognised as an alternative adaptation of JW Campbell Jnr’s “Who goes there?“. This version is set in US laboratory in the Antarctic (not the North Pole) and is home to a team of researchers who are victims of Click here to read more…

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Ghost Ship

The tale of the Mary Celeste surfaces quite quickly in this story of a salvage crew who find an abandoned ship. But as the rather grizzly prologue to this film suggests, this is more than just a ghost ship. It holds secrets that are slowly unlocked as the film proceeds. It is no secret, however, Click here to read more…

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Ring

Tragedy comes to one part of suburban Tokyo (if there is such a thing) when a group of teenage friends die in mysterious circumstances on the same day. One of the victims aunties’ investigates and discovers that, in accordance to a popular urban myth, they had all watched the same video tape then received a Click here to read more…

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Little White Lies

One might have thought that if your good friend was involved in a near fatal accident that visiting him in intensive care would rank slightly higher than going off on holiday. Not for this bunch of self obsessed 30 somethings. Every year, Max, a successful restaurant owner, invites a group of friends to his beach house Click here to read more…

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Barry Lyndon

Based on the 1844 novel by William Makepeace Thackeray, the story chronicles the rise and fall of Irishman Redmond Barry (Ryan O’Neal). His ascent in society through a mixture of luck and deviousness finds him rubbing shoulders with the aristocracy. He eventually finds himself husband to a wealthy and beautiful widow, father to newborn son Click here to read more…

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Biutiful

Ever been on holiday to Barcelona? Personally I think it’s over-rated but after you watch this film you’ll wonder why anyone would ever want to go there. This is the side of the Spanish playground that the tourists definitely don’t see. In his first feature film since Babel, Iñárritu returns with the bleak, harrowing but Click here to read more…

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The Tourist

It beggars belief that I am writing this review after wasting 1 1/2 hours of my precious time on this film, but I feel it is my responsibility as a reviewer to save others from similarly wasting valuable paint drying time. On the surface it looks vaguely promising. Elise (Jolie) after receiving a mysterious note Click here to read more…

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