Reviews

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      Air (4/10)


        After a global war, life has been destroyed by toxic fallout and the air is no longer breathable. Society has collapsed, and only a select few have been chosen to survive in special sleep chambers, waiting for the air to clear at some point in the future. Two engineers, Bauer and Cartwright, are woken up from their own sleep every so many months to do basic maintenance and keep an eye on the facility.


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      Love & Mercy (7/10)


        Of course I know a number of Beach Boys hits, but I can’t say I am a particur fan so I didn’t know much about -as per the movie’s tagline- ‘the life, love and genius of Brian Wilson’. Two hours later, and now I do.


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      Still Life (8/10)


        The low budget British film Still Life is about as far as it is possible to get from the Hollywood blockbuster. Eddie Marsan plays John May, a quiet office worker for a local council in London. For 22 years he has been doing the unusual job of trying to trace relatives of people that die in the borough without any immediate family, and to make their funeral arrangements.


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      Coherence (4/10)


        Coherence explores what might happen if a passing comet would put us in the kind of box that Schrödingers Cat is in…? That probably sounds a bit cryptic, but this is one of those movies best seen with as little knowledge of the plot as possible.

        It is a low budget, high-concept sci-fi that focuses on people and their relationships and behaviour as they undergo a ‘supernatural’ experience on a particular evening.


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      Sound of My Voice (6/10)


        Maggie has travelled from the year 2054 back to today, and is emerging as a cult leader with a handful of followers. The viewer follows a couple, Peter and Lorna, who infiltrate the cult in the name of investigative journalism.


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      Edge of Tomorrow (7/10)


        The idea of a time loop, whereby someone is doomed to repeat an identical day of events time and time again, is not an original one. Perhaps most famously used in “Groundhog Day” (1993) it was first used in the film La Jetee (1962) and arguably in “Turn Back the Clock” (1933). In “Edge of Tomorrow” central Europe as been invaded by aliens and there is an all out war going on against them which has not been going well.


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      Ink (8/10)


        The story is set in a world of a daily and eternal battle between two sets of creatures of the night – the Storytellers and the Incubi. The Storytellers bring people beautiful and happy dreams, whilst the Incubi bring fear and nightmares…


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      In Order of Disappearance (7/10)


        Stellan Skarsgård plays snowplow driver Nils, who one day finds out his son has died – seemingly of a drug overdose. But Nils knows his son does not do drugs, yet the local police consider the case closed. A tale of revenge follows…


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      Copenhagen (7/10)


        Game of Thrones’ Gethin Anthony plays the highly face-punchable William, an immature and selfish American travelling around Europe with his best friend Jeremy. Copenhagen isn’t on the itinerary by accident: William’s father, whom he feels some deeply unresolved emotions for, was born here.


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      Solaris (7/10)


        Comparing this 1972 Russian classic to modern cinema, it is not an easy watch in that it is extremely slow… but stick with it, as that snail’s pace is an important part of the experience. It allows you to reflect on what is going on, because frankly – it doesn’t seem to make much sense for the first hour and a half or so.


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