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The Fold Review

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The theme of grief is one frequently explored in cinema, though commonly with somewhat cliched, banal repercussions, as a subject we’ve often seen dealt with a detrimental indelicacy. However in John Jencks’ debut feature The Fold, we scrutinise over the notion with intrigue, acutely studying how people can react to such anguish, in what proves […]



The HeyUGuys Instant Watching Guide – March 24th 2014

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Not much to speak of in the pre-amble this week except that From Dusk Till Dawn episode 2 on Netflix continued in fine form and presented an interesting and somewhat unique version of a vampire which was actually quite scary. If you have written this off because it sounds cheap and forced (admittedly on paper […]



G.B.F. Review

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Darren Stein’s sparkling comedy G.B.F. is one of those typical American high-school set productions where every character looks like they’re more likely to be picking up their own children from school, rather than actually study there. Nonetheless, this merely sets the precedence for a picture that requires a suspension of disbelief in order to enjoy, […]



Salvo Review

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There’s nothing quite like an Italian Mafia movie. They are cinematic by their very nature, oozing style, sex and masculinity. They are made for the big screen, and Salvo, the latest offering from Italian duo Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza, is certainly no exception. It has all the hallmarks of an exciting, modern thriller, yet […]



Captain America: The Winter Soldier Review

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Where Captain America: The First Avenger was an efficient if slightly underwhelming piece of superhero entertainment, the star-spangled hero’s second solo outing helmed by Community’s Anthony and Joe Russo is an altogether different beast; multi-layered and action-packed, it’s Marvel’s best standalone film yet and easily the best representation of the character on screen thus far. […]



About Last Night Review

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When two star-crossed lovers in this Steve Pink production settle down to indulge in Edward Zwick’s About Last Night…, in that instance you realise that though sharing the same name as the 1986 endeavour, this is by no means a straight up remake, instead more of a contemporary reimagining of sorts, paying homage to the […]



Yves Saint Laurent Review

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Made with what looks like the full seal of approval from the late designer’s fashion empire (he passed away in 2008), Yves Saint Laurent isn’t quite the fawning hagiography it could have so easily been, yet it’s not the most stimulating and probing portrait, either. It’s a handsome-looking, if sedate affair, which benefits immensely from […]



Göteborg International Film Festival: Powerless Review

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400 million people in India have no access to electricity. Screened at the Göteborg International Film Festival, Powerless (Katiyabaaz) is a highly charged documentary that tries to shed some light on India’s gigantic electric dilemma. The film focuses on two inhabitants of the city of Kanpur, India, both representing different sides of the system. One […]



Muppets Most Wanted Review

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Given the deserved critical acclaim of The Muppets preceding endeavour, it was something of a concern to see lead star and co-writer Jason Segel opt out of the opportunity to get involved in their latest project Muppets Most Wanted. However who better to pass on screenwriting duties to, than the director himself James Bobin – […]



A Long Way Down Review

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Following on from his delightfully whimsical comedy Heartbreaker, French director Pascal Chaumeil has now tried his hand in the English language, adapting Nick Hornby’s novel A Long Way Down. Teaming up with writer Jack Thorne – who penned the incredibly devastating This is England TV series, it’s fair to say that their contrasting styles was […]



The HeyUGuys Instant Watching Guide – March 17th 2014

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So as promised I watched the first episode of From Dusk Till Dawn the series and….pretty damn good actually. It starts off with a scene that will come to mean more as the series wears on and which calls back to the second straight to DVD From Dusk Till Dawn sequel Hangman’s Daughter which dealt […]



Veronica Mars Review

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The line between television and cinema at present, is suitably blurred, as the comprehensive, all-embracing nature to American series at the moment is justifiably likened to feature films, and the crossover has never been more evident than in the likes of True Detective, for instance. It’s therefore come as little surprise to see Rob Thomas […]



Göteborg International Film Festival: Suzanne Review

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French female director Katell Quillévéré follows her celebrated debut, Love like Poison, with an intimate family drama, Suzanne. The drama, which had its Nordic premiere at the Göteborg International Film Festival,  tells the story of a working class family consisting of a widowed father (François Damiens) raising his two daughters, Suzanne (Sara Forestier) and Maria (Adéle Haenel). […]



The Rocket Review

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The repercussions of the past are felt in more ways than one in The Rocket – an elegantly-told and spirited yarn which hints at a magical realism, while keeping its (at times, sobering) feet firmly on the ground. In the dilapidated, war-scarred country of Laos, an old superstition deems a baby named Ahlo (Sitthiphon Disamoe) […]



Ironclad 2: Battle For Blood Review

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Writer-director Jonathan English got surprisingly lucky with the first Ironclad (2011) film, as it offered a thrilling/shocking blood thirst of video-gaming proportions, as well as an impressive cast, including Paul Giamatti, Brian Cox, Derek Jacobi, Charles Dance and the dashing James Purefoy. Still set in the harsh surroundings of 13th Century Britain, post the Great […]



Plot For Peace Review

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The opening shot to this fascinating documentary shows an unassuming man playing a card game, accompanied by a voiceover. The setting itself feels theatrical, as though subsequent events are a new fictional-feature spin on the release of one of the world’s most iconic statesmen, Nelson Mandela, and the end of Apartheid in South Africa. We […]



The Machine Review

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The Machine arrives in British cinemas with a prestigious BIFA award to its name, acknowledged in the Raindance category, which celebrates innovation in low-budget, independent cinema. It’s safe to say this accolade was a judicious decision, in a film that pushes the boundaries of what can be achieved on such a modest sized allowance. Director […]



Need for Speed Review

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You know when you’re casually walking down the street, and some lunatic drives past you at an obscene amount of miles an hour? You think, that driver is a moron, right? Well, Scott Waugh’s Need for Speed is a movie full of morons. These people just have a total disregard for road safety and it’s […]



The Invisible War Review

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While we’ve all been caught up in the buzz of this year’s Academy Awards, deliberating over nominations and who’ll win what, it’s a contender from last year’s event which is now set for a theatrical release in the UK, as we solemnly prepare for Kirby Dick’s unsettling Oscar nominated documentary The Invisible War. The film […]



The Stag Review

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The mighty stag still holds a lot of comedy value, so much so Jon Turteltaub tried to do a geriatric version of The Hangover recently with Last Vegas that spawned a lukewarm response, even with a stellar cast onboard. Debut writer-director John Butler has tried to cash in on this fertile ground with his Irish […]



Bullet Review

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Seasoned actor Danny Trejo has reinvented himself as the titular role in the Machete franchise, a series of films that ridicule B-movie, action flicks. However, despite evidently aware of the flaws and limitations of the genre, he’s now turned up in Nick Lyon’s Bullet, a film that is identical to those of which are being […]