Review: Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (2016)

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This spin-off from Harry Potter – scripted by J.K. Rowling – is occasionally charming, sometimes too flimsy. Instead of the Boy Who Lived, our hero is Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), an eccentric wizard on stopover in New York whose collection of magical beasts – of which come in all different sizes, some friendly and others not so much – is unintentionally unleashed. Continue reading “Review: Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (2016)”

Review: Jupiter Ascending (2014)

 

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Sibling writer-director duo The Wachowskis follow-up Cloud Atlas with preposterous and flavourless sci-fi fantasy Jupiter Ascending. Jupiter (Mila Kunis), a resentful maid, discovers she’s a reincarnated otherworldly space princess who – with the help of interplanetary warrior Caine (Channing Tatum) – must stop a tyrannical leader from harvesting Earth. Continue reading “Review: Jupiter Ascending (2014)”

Review: The Theory Of Everything (2014)

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/924/13942284/files/2015/01/img_0109.jpg The love life of famed theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking is the focus of The Theory Of Everything, a warm and beautifully acted, yet unfortunately dilute biopic. In the 1960s, Stephen (Eddie Redmayne) meets and falls in love with arts student Jane (Felicity Jones). Over the marriage that follows, both Stephen and Jane must deal with Stephen’s increasing disability while trying to hold onto a semblance of normality. Continue reading “Review: The Theory Of Everything (2014)”

Review: Les Misérables (2012)

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Victor Hugo’s decades-spanning novel Les Misérables has been the subject of countless adaptations since its initial publication in 1862, the latest of which hails from The King’s Speech director, Tom Hooper. He has stripped the tale of ex-convict Jean Valjean’s quest for redemption through revolution-era France down to its core and captured the fraught emotion and difficult subject matter – poverty, prostitution, crime and corruption – through powerful, live on-set Continue reading “Review: Les Misérables (2012)”