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A Film Review on the Maze Runner

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Maze Runner: It sounded like the name of some computer game- a territory that I dare not and will never trespass on (Me playing League of Legends is the epitome of ‘disaster’). However, when my 45- year old mother told me how ‘amazing’ the film was – I had to see it. Maze Runner chronicles the experiences of a group of adolescents trying to escape from a Maze, called the…

One Hundred Foot Journey (Review): Michelin-star worthy

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One Hundred- Foot Journey reminds me of a cardamom-spiced sticky toffee pudding. I admit, my expectations were not high to start with, thanks to my pet peeve of shunning away from any film with “Journey” in its title (Don’t even talk about “Journey to the Centre of the Earth”). Nevertheless, I decided to give the movie a shot, purely to honour my (self- proclaimed) identity as a ‘Foodie’. It is,…

Oscars 2014

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BY KOKO OWUSU Last Thursday saw rising Hollywood star, Chris Hemsworth and the Academy president, Cheryl Booth announce the nominations for the most anticipated film event of the year: the 86th Academy Awards. Films looking to sweep up awards on the March 2nd awards ceremony include 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle and Gravity. In the run up to the star-studded event, we will review the strong contenders for the…

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – Review

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – Review

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BY JEFFREY MO THREE STARS One of the first things one notices about Ben Stiller in “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” is how much he has aged. He plays the title character in his trademark, endearingly awkward way, although the greying around his temples makes him ever slightly less endearing and slightly more pathetic – once you reach a certain stage in life, you can’t be the ‘lovable loser’…

Anchorman 2 – Review

Anchorman 2 – Review

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BY VIKKI HUI After the success of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), the dream team is back with the much-anticipated sequel. This sequel strives for 119 minutes of non-stop entertainment, just like its central plot based on 24-hour news. Ron Burgundy’s story resumes, as he continues to struggle balancing Veronica Corningstone’s successes, who is now his wife, as an anchorwoman with his own career as an anchorman. As…

A Long Walk to Freedom – Review

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BY ISABELLA MOSSELMANS Nelson Mandela was an inspiration. He has been universally recognised as the most important historical figure of our generation. This, therefore makes it very difficult for a film to do his life justice. His autobiography A Long Walk Freedom was breathtaking. Justin Chadwick’s film is somewhat less captivating but definitely worth watching. The film opens with beautiful scenery of rural South Africa, specifically Nelson Mandela’s Xhosa village…

Day of the Flowers – Review

Day of the Flowers – Review

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By ANURADHA SANTANHAM & KOKO OWUSU At first glance, John Robert’s ‘Day of the Flowers’ (2013) is highly reminiscent of Bruce Robinson’s The Rum Diary (2011) with a Wonder Years meets Judd Apatow opening reel juxtaposed with 60s Britpop-like music in the background. ‘Vintage’ footage of children presumably in the 1970s with their family all in all creates a very pleasant, smiley montage. The sunny, happy locales are extremely inviting…

Captain Phillips – Review

Captain Phillips – Review

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By LILY KENDALL My only concern as I filed into Tom Hanks At Sea II was that I might get an irrepressible urge to shout “WILSONNNN!” at the screen with alarming regularity. However it soon became apparent that in Captain Phillips at least, Hanks would have much more on his plate than toothache and an enigmatic basketball. This latest flick from director Paul Greengrass (Bourne Supremacy/Ultimatum) depicts the real-life highjacking…

Blue Jasmine – Review

Blue Jasmine – Review

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By AISHWARYA REDDY 5/5 Stars First and foremost Cate Blanchett is captivating. She turns all of Allen’s trademark motifs into an exercise in elegance. Her character is substantial. Part crazed, part kind, wholly delusional and perpetually well dressed. Can’t be easy to pull off I’m sure but she nailed it. Any Oscars going her way are certainly well deserved, by all means. The story is simple enough. When the fortunes…

The Invisible Woman – Review

The Invisible Woman – Review

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By EMMA FORTH 4/5 Stars Everyone’s heard of Charles Dickens, but considerably less know of Nelly Turnan, the young woman who was to become his secret lover until his death. Based on the novel by Claire Tomalin, The Invisible Woman charts the complicated relationship between the iconic, celebrated Dickens (Ralph Fiennes) and burgeoning actress Nelly (Felicity Jones). The film is anchored by screenwriter Abi Morgan (Shame, The Iron Lady) around…