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Friday 18 March 2016
Film

film review: the wait

Jennifer Bisset
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The Wait (originally L’Attesa) is a French/Italian two-hander featuring Juliette Binoche and Lou de Laâge, two generations of talented French actresses, who unfortunately suffer under the weight of simple material that is—seemingly out of necessity—over-directed. Debut director Piero Messina is young as directors go (he’s in his thirties), and has an eye for intriguing and abstract visuals…
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Wednesday 9 March 2016
Film TV

why netflix’s master of none should be compulsory viewing for male feminists

Jennifer Worthing
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Debuting to critical acclaim at the end of last year, Netflix has recently announced that Master of None – the comedy with a delightful penchant for bluntly calling out inequality – will be returning for a second season. Created by Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation) and Alan Yang (a producer on Parks), Master of None…
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Wednesday 2 March 2016
Film

film review: hail, caesar!

Marie Davis
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Hail, Caesar! is about a day in the life of Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin), a devout Catholic who works as a “fixer” for the fictional Capitol Studios in early 1950s Hollywood. Essentially, his role is to keep the image of the studio from deviating from the norms of the time, that of white Christian wholesomeness….
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Tuesday 1 March 2016
Film

lipmag at the oscars: 2016

Jade Bate
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  #OscarsSoWhite #OscarsSoStraight #OscarsSoMale. Yep, this year’s Academy Awards sure had a lot of criticisms and controversies heading into the ceremony. The Academy has since attempted to rectify the diversity problem within their membership, but this will happen over many years. This year’s Oscars were set to look almost like an exact replica of last…
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Monday 29 February 2016
Film

film review: room

Emma Robinson
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Resilience thy name is woman. Room, the latest film by director Lenny Abrahamson (known for 2014’s Frank and 2012’s What Richard Did), based on the book of the same name by Emma Donaghue, tells the singular story of Joy ‘Ma’ Newsome (Brie Larson) and her seven-year captivity in a tiny room with her son Jack…
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Friday 26 February 2016
Film

deadpool and consumer scepticism: a different kind of superhero

Caitlin Gordon-King
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Superheroes are in vogue. In 2016 alone, Hollywood will release films about Wonder Woman, Doctor Strange, the X-Men, Captain America versus the Avengers, and Batman versus Superman. The capes are back, with ripples of American pride flowing underneath. This outpour amounts to an endless bag of stale popcorn packaged in a picture of Chris Hemsworth’s…
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Tuesday 23 February 2016
Film

film review: 45 years

Marie Davis
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  Kate (Charlotte Rampling) and Geoff (Tom Courtenay) are six days away from celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary, when Geoff receives a letter informing him that the corpse of an ex-lover has been finally been found after her tragic fall in the Swiss Alps over fifty years prior. It’s a truly grizzly, melodramatic death for…
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Monday 22 February 2016
Film

film review: brooklyn

Jade Bate
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The alienation of the immigrant experience is a common narrative device in cinema. Whether it’s a young Vito Corleone glimpsing the Statue of Liberty for the first time in The Godfather: Part II or the Mexican illegal immigrants at the center of A Better Life, the prospect of finding a future in a far away…
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Wednesday 17 February 2016
Film

film review: spotlight

Jennifer Bisset
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Journalists can change the world. At least that was once true, when in 2001 the “Spotlight” team of The Boston Globe – through months of investigation – exposed the systematic child abuse of over 70 priests in the highly Catholic Boston area. If true stories of Pulitzer-winning journalism are your cup of tea, you’ll find…
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Tuesday 16 February 2016
Film

i believe in the radical possibilities of pleasure, babe: a discussion about masturbation and Sticky: A (Self) Love Story

Kiah Meadows
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Sticky: A (Self) Love Story, is a documentary by freelance writer and director, Nicholas Tana, about a topic that, as his film addresses, is engaged in by nearly ninety percent of people, but is talked about by almost none: masturbation. The film asks kindergarten teachers, rabbis, porn stars and everyone in between to talk about…
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Saturday 30 January 2016
Film

film review: carol

Jade Bate
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It’s difficult to think of a recent film more exquisite and more perfect than Carol. It may seem too soon to call the film a masterpiece, but I can confidently say that it is truly up there with some of the greatest movies of recent times. More importantly, it takes its place alongside Brokeback Mountain…
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Friday 29 January 2016
Film

film review: the hateful eight

Giuliana Cincotta
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Set sometime after the Civil War, and apparently contained within the same universe as 2012’s Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight introduces us to Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson), a bounty hunter on route to the town of Red Rock to cash in on his deadly efforts. But on this cold day in…
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Wednesday 30 December 2015
Film

film review: joy

Marie Davis
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After first watching the trailer for Joy, I had little idea of what the film was about, except that it starred Jennifer Lawrence as Joy—a strong, successful woman who, at some point, cuts her hair. And since its release, the debate as to what this film is really about has not settled, with reviewers each…
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Friday 25 December 2015
Film

film review: suffragette

Jade Bate
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  There are literally thousands of historical films that document the tragedies and triumphs of men. From war epics to biopics about world leaders, scientists and rock stars, according to the cinema the history of mankind is considered to be more important than the history of womankind. That’s not to say that there aren’t a…
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