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The Lie Tree – Book Review

★★★★★ The Lie Tree is set in the age of discovery of the world of sciences and evolution – the early 19th century. Frances Hardinge portrays a world of mystery and lies through the eyes of Faith Sunderly, a teenage daughter to the enigmatic Reverend Erasmus. In a period of male superiority women are thought of being stupid in the …

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Suffragette – Modernising Feminism

I was excited to see Suffragette, having heard that it explored the feminist movement. The film itself was incredible and the audience was left in astounded silence when the dates on which individual countries gave the vote to women were listed. The film was an emotional roller-coaster; it was gleeful when the movement appeared to stand a chance of getting …

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Spectre Review

Spectre Review ★★★ Leaving the cinema I could not help but feel disappointed at the latest release in the fluctuating quality of James Bond films since Daniel Craig’s debut. Director Sam Mendes, who also directed the critically acclaimed Skyfall in 2012 has attempted to repeat what many considered the pinnacle of the series. However this attempt has relied upon a …

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Macbeth Review

Macbeth Review ★★★★★ Practical newcomer director Justin Kurzel has managed to astound critics and casual viewers alike with his rendition of William Shakespeare’s classic. Do not be fooled this film still uses the old English dialect but is orchestrated in such a way that allows the audience to insinuate it’s true meaning. As the film poetically displays a tyrannical ruler …

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The Martian – Review

The Martian Review ★★★★★ After reading Andy Weir’s “The Martian” only a few weeks prior to the film’s release I was excited for Ridley Scott’s (Blade Runner and Alien) adaptation of an original idea that I hoped to revitalise Hollywood’s recent attempts at remaking old movie franchises. I was not disappointed as I left the cinema feeling satisfied with a …

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Five Films You Really Ought to See

While Hollywood blockbusters catch the attention of audiences nowadays, there are still those rare glimpses into the media abyss that shine bright. Here are five films which may have sneaked under the radar…. Children of Men (2006)- While few have seen Alfonso Cuaróns cinematographic masterpiece, this films offers tension that many modern horrors films lack and while this does not offer any …

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Pitch Perfect 2 Review

Upon hearing there was a sequel to the film about acapella singing I was excited but also apprehensive. Sequels can either be really good or just plain awful. There seems to be no in between. Shrek, die hard and dirty dancing to name a few (I mean did you even know there was a sequel to dirty dancing?) The film opens with a …

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Avengers: Age of Ultron

Before you start reading this, I warn you, if you haven’t seen this film yet and plan on doing so stop reading here. Just as we thought superhero films couldn’t get any better, Joss Whedon pulls another magical show out of the hat. Age of Ultron is the direct sequel of The Avengers (2012) and all the usual suspects come …

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Jurassic World – First Thoughts

  The trailer for Jurassic World has only been out for a few weeks, and you can already see just how popular this film is going to be. It will be the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park franchise, the first one having been released in 1993 (Jurassic Park), where a new themed island is overrun by the dinosaurs themselves. Four years later …