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The Birth Of A Nation (2016)

I’ll be completely honest, before going to see The Birth Of A Nation I had no idea or knowledge of the controversy that has surrounded the life and career of Nate Parker. Had I been more educated on the star/writer/director’s previous actions and opinions, I may just have joined the significant boycott taking place around…

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The Edge Of Seventeen (2016)

The coming-of-age story has always been a genre of film for which I have a massive soft spot. Perhaps I enjoy the melodramatic themes and tensions that always seem to go along with bildungsroman, perhaps I am trying to escape from my adulthood, or perhaps it lies in the simple fact that every single one…

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Moana (2016)

Hold on, what is this? A new Disney film that isn’t related to an already existing Disney property? I can’t believe it! With recently released and upcoming remakes and reboots of some of the studios biggest hits taking up the majority of Disney related news of late, before even knowing anything about Moana, I was…

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Allied (2016)

Well, isn’t the life and career of Brad Pitt satisfyingly cyclical? Amidst the media frenzy of his divorce from Jennifer Aniston all those years ago, his big screen venture comprised of a fairly middling romantic spy drama with a twist of deception. Cut to 2016 and the media frenzy of his divorce from Angelina Jolie,…

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Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (2016)

Shhh, quiet, can you hear that? That’s the sound of the Harry Potter cinematic army roaring back in to the theatres en mass  for the first time in five years! It’s been a long wait, and though this new adventure in the wizarding world does not in any way involve a certain young boy with…

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American Pastoral (2016)

By all accounts, the journey to adapt Philip Roth’s 1997 novel American Pastoral to the big screen has been a long and arduous one. With development starting way back in 2003, the rights for the film had been switched from studio to studio without ever really getting off the ground, that is, until Paramount Pictures…

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Arrival (2016)

Welcome to week two of Amy Adams appreciation fortnight. For the last few years, it seems that there has been a trend for the latter half of the year to bring us a science-fiction adventure that breaks out of it’s genre confines and finds appeal with the mass audience. Of late, films like Gravity, Interstellar…