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SPOTLIGHT // Jasper Jones

Jasper Jones director Rachel Perkins’ engrossing and enthralling adaptation of Craig Silvey’s iconic Australian coming of age novel, takes us back to a time when childhood dreams were all about Continue reading “SPOTLIGHT // Jasper Jones”

SPOTLIGHT // T2 Trainspotting

The opening few minutes of Danny Boyle’s introspective and retrospective T2 Trainspotting should come with a warning, but more on that later.

Surprisingly, Boyle’s first image is not in Scotland, but Amsterdam, where we see Renton (Ewan McGregor) pounding a treadmill, Continue reading “SPOTLIGHT // T2 Trainspotting”

SPOTLIGHT // Moonlight

Early on in Barry Jenkins’ poignant, intimate and introspective Moonlight, the line ‘At some point you have to decide who you want to be’ is dropped. Moonlight focuses on what happens when society doesn’t allow you to Continue reading “SPOTLIGHT // Moonlight”

THE WEEKLY // Lion

The cinema is full of stories of impossible feats, outrageous scenarios and more often than not, a happily ever after. Once in a while, a film arrives that reminds us that truth is stranger than fiction. Continue reading “THE WEEKLY // Lion”

THE WEEKLY // Passengers

A luxury (and beautifully crafted) space carrier is taking 5000 people on a 120-year journey to colonise a new planet, Homestead II. Everyone on board is in deep hibernation, sleeping peacefully while the ship, Avalon, functions on Continue reading “THE WEEKLY // Passengers”

SPOTLIGHT // Nocturnal Animals

Nocturnal Animals, the second film from fashion designer Tom Ford, is a stylised yet substantial thriller, in which LA art gallery owner Susan Morrow’s (Amy Adams) world is shattered by the arrival of a dark and violent Continue reading “SPOTLIGHT // Nocturnal Animals”

SPOTLIGHT // I, Daniel Blake

After watching I, Daniel Blake, a friend asked: ‘Did you enjoy it?’ My first thought was, does anyone actually enjoy Ken Loach films, a director who over the past 40 years has tackled some of the grittiest social economic problems of the UK?  My answer though, Continue reading “SPOTLIGHT // I, Daniel Blake”

SPOTLIGHT // The Light Between Oceans

The Light Between Oceans is a sweeping and at times weepy drama, based on the 2012 Australian book of the same name by M.L. Stedman, her debut novel. This post-World War I story focuses on a lighthouse keeper (Michael Fassbender) and his Continue reading “SPOTLIGHT // The Light Between Oceans”

THE WEEKLY // A United Kingdom

Based on the true story of Prince Seretse Khama of Bechuanaland (now Botswana), who in the 1940s shocked the world when he married a white woman from a typing pool in London, Continue reading “THE WEEKLY // A United Kingdom”

THE WEEKLY // The Girl On The Train

As an avid reader of what a friend of mine calls “domestic noir”, I was understandably excited to hear of the adaptation of Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train – especially following the success of the adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. My excitement faded, however, Continue reading “THE WEEKLY // The Girl On The Train”

THE WEEKLY // Sully

Flying planes his whole life, there is little Chesley “Sully” Sullenburger hasn’t come across Continue reading “THE WEEKLY // Sully”

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