Review: The Lost City Of Z (2017)

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British explorer Perry Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam) and his search for an ancient civilisation deep within the Amazonian forest is the focus of James Gray’s existential, slow-burning adventure. It’s sumptuously shot by cinematographer Darius Khondji, the expanse brimming not only with dangers, but also with endless possibilites for both discovery and enlightenment. Continue reading “Review: The Lost City Of Z (2017)”

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Review: Live By Night (2017)

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Ben Affleck writes, directs and stars in this visually sumptuous, yet clunky adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s 1920s set crime novel, in which he plays the prodigal son of a cop who ties himself to the Italian mob in hopes of exacting revenge. It’s not as clear cut as that, the script weaving in many extraneous subplots involving an impressive array of supporting actors, each better than the material they’re awarded (Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana and Chris Messina all have roles). Continue reading “Review: Live By Night (2017)”

Review: American Sniper (2015)

2015/01/img_0138.jpg Clint Eastwood tackles the real-life tale of a skilled but emotionally troubled war hero in the well performed and fitfully powerful drama American Sniper. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) saves countless lives in Iraq with his pinpoint accuracy, but struggles to accept his actions and return to normal life with his wife (Sienna Miller, nicely sympathetic in an underwritten role) and children. Continue reading “Review: American Sniper (2015)”