Big Screen, QUESTS

SCREEN QUEST: RAW

REVIEW RAW is an unsettling film that gets under your skin and stays there like a terrible, tunnelling disease. Some of the early scenes are the most compelling as Justine (Garance Marillier) joins her older sister Alexia (Ella Rumpf) at veterinary college. The newbie is thrown into a radical hazing that provides both the trigger […]

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Big Screen

KONG: SKULL ISLAND

To many critics, Kong is always – and only – the A-list original and Peter Jackson’s handsome remake. They forget that RKO went for cheap thrills with SON OF KONG and get snooty when Dino De Laurentiis’s enjoyable KING KONG and KING KONG LIVES swing into view. However, there has been another parallel universe – one of island gods […]

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Off-screen

KILLER

A review of KILLER by Philip Ridley. Directed by Jamie Lloyd. Performed by John Macmillan. Shoreditch Town Hall, 02.03.17. Three monologues. One actor. A derelict basement. Headphones. Darkness. The audience is seated in a square, chairs facing outwards. A voice runs through the drills: you should be hearing this in your left ear… left, left, LEFT! The lights go […]

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Big Screen

THE EAGLE HUNTRESS

(2016) 1hr 27min Regardless of the veracity – and relative superficiality – of this handsomely staged documentary, the stirring sight of eagle and hunter owning the air never gets old. In moving pictures? Any and every time the eagles take flight. Featured image: THE EAGLE HUNTRESS (2016)

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ARRIVAL

(2016) 1hr 56mins For all its elegant design and calm control of mood, this alien invasion movie makes the Shyamalan sin of assuming that keeping a story from the audience is the same as telling a story. It’s not, and the quivering close-ups become exercises in dragging the plot out rather than explaining its leaps […]

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