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What’s on: Outside Screenings at Stratford-upon-Avon

That’s right – the Picturehouse outside screenings return to Stratford-upon-Avon Arts festival for a second year running, and it’s a very exciting line-up this year! The films will begin at around 9.00, depending on the sun, and there will be music, snacks and a bar on site from 8.00. Fancy dress is of course encouraged!…

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Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Shall we begin with the previous film? I didn’t enjoy it all that much. In fact, it’s probably my least favourite of all Marvel films. It felt unbalanced, and more like the opening paragraph of AVENGERS ASSEMBLE than anything else. However, Joss Whedon gave old Captain America an injection of personality in his mega-movie, and…

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Review: Tokyo Fist

Shin’ya Tsukamoto is one of my favourite Directors. From the insane, frenetic TETSUO through to the dark (and superb) KOTOKO I love pretty much everything I have seen of his. This release from Third Window Films gave me an opportunity to watch TOKYO FIST for the first time, and a real treat it is. A…

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Trailer: Inside Llewyn Davis

The Coen Brothers return, and frankly, I’m excited. INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS is the story of a folk singer in Greenwich Village, New York in the early 60′s, and his cat. I’m sure I’ll post more about this over the coming months, so here’s the trailer to begin with. Inside Llewyn Davis Facebook.

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Review: Captain Phillips

Tom Hanks…Somali Pirates…Based on a True Story. Does this sound like the perfect combination for a thriller? It certainly gave me palpitations. In this fantastically tense drama Tom Hanks plays Richard Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama container ship – which was hijacked in 2009 whilst sailing off the coast of Somalia. The vessel was boarded by a small band…

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Review: Red River

Once upon a time, many moons ago, Westerns ruled cinema. Despite various recent attempts, it does not look like they will be back; modern audiences have moved on. RED RIVER shows us just what a shame this is, as we are losing a great setting for fantastic drama and character work.

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Review: Macbeth (Little Angel Theatre)

I have recently begin to appreciate Shakespeare, and am in the fortunate position of seeing most of his plays for the first time at the moment. Macbeth, however, is the one that I do know. I studied it at school, and earlier this year saw the cinema broadcast of Kenneth Branagh’s version (1). With this…

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Review: Sake-Bomb

A road trip ‘buddy’ film, in which Naoto arrives in Los Angeles from Japan in search of lost love, and his cousin Sebastian is unwillingly put in the position of helping him on this mission, and introducing him to America. As with all road trip films, the entertainment and friction is caused by the clash…

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Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life

SPOILER ALERT: This article is spoilt by a rather silly attitude and bad jokes One of the major failings of modern British TV sketch comedies has been the over-reliance on reoccurring characters, and the simple repeated catchphrase to raise to laughs. It under estimates the viewer’s intelligence and stifles the writer’s ability to (or demonstrates…

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