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Queenie – a flawless illustration of black womanhood ★★★★

Queenie is a young journalist in London: trying to find cheap, non-mouldy accommodation, struggling to get an internship or success on dating apps. In the meantime, she enjoys cartons of ice cream while watching Pride and Prejudice. Queenie is a…

The Invisible Man – The ultimate cat and mouse ★★

I am a sucker for all things horror. The blood, gore, jump scares, and cinematic screams are all well and good, but the perfect horror has to have a great twist to prevent it from becoming a horror for the…

Escape from Pretoria – You won’t believe it’s a true story ★★★★

Based on true events, Escape From Pretoria follows Tim Jenkin (Daniel Radcliffe) who was arrested for distributing leaflets against the South African apartheid regime. He was subsequently imprisoned for twelve years, along with his colleague Stephen Lee (Daniel Webber), both…

Things We Didn’t Talk About When I Was A Girl – Difficult to read – difficult to put down ★★★★★

In Things We Didn’t Talk About When I Was a Girl, Jeannie Vanasco achieves the extraordinary: She explores rape culture by using language to set herself free. Vanasco’s assailant is Mark, a friend she met at the age of thirteen.…

March 2020 – films, TV shows, plays, albums, and books to look forward to

After a culturally poor February, you will be glad to hear that there is much more to look forward to in March! Films Continuing with the theme of horror films from February: personally I am extremely excited for the release…

Waiting for Anya: Not worth the wait ★★

Tackling the Holocaust warrants bravery and rendering such a tragedy into fiction for young audiences is a noble intention. Upon first glance, I assumed Waiting for Anya would possess the same brilliantly powerful flare as The Boy in the Striped…

My 4 (very long) days of online dating

Illustration by Colette Fogarty Despite having heard a number of horror stories over the years, last week I decided to brave the stormy seas of popular dating apps – for review purposes, of course. This probably makes me a catfish,…

Just Mercy – redemption, justice, and more besides ★★★

Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx star in this refined, fresh, yet emotionally bruising interpretation of the relationship between lawyer and client. Walter McMillan (Foxx) is put on death row, convicted for murder on the basis of flimsy evidence and…

What’s coming up: February 2020 in film, in print, on TV, and on stage

Films Perhaps the most anticipated film in February is Birds of Prey, the Suicide Squad spin-off, which says a lot about the quality and quantity of choice this month. Starring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, the film follows her metamorphosis…

1917 – Sam Mendes’ meticulous craft has no limitations

This World War One drama can be summed up very simply: Lance Corporal Schofield (George MacKay) and Lance Corporal Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) are asked to deliver an important message behind enemy lines in order to prevent an attack which could…