The Despicable Invasion of Cinema? A Defence of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

“Film is pop art. It is not whether it’s auteur cinema or not; that’s a false distinction. Cinema is cinema.” – Denis Villeneuve Denis Villeneuve is a filmmaker who embraces what cinema is, and what cinema can achieve. He understands, through the synergetic style of his films and by his sentiment above, that the discourse […]

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REVIEW: mid90s (2019)

Jonah Hill has graced our screens in roles that have brought both laughter and melancholy, traits that overlap in movies such as “Superbad” and even “21 Jump Street”. It comes as no surprise then that he would make his feature-length directorial debut with a coming-of-age tale that juggles both comedy and drama. “mid90s” joins the […]

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REVIEW: Ad Astra (2019)

Director James Gray, who has made a name for himself with his grounded, New York-set dramas, reaches for the skies in Ad Astra, his Brad Pitt-leading Magnus Opus. He takes the run-of-the-mill space exploration movie and infuses enough creative and authorial expressivity to place it on the podium among science fiction’s most artistic triumphs.  Brad Pitt […]

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INTERVIEW: Eleanor Worthington-Cox Chats About Her First Leading Role in “Gwen”

William McGregor’s feature-length debut Gwen also marks an exciting milestone for its young star Eleanor Worthington-Cox, who makes her debut in a leading role as the titular star. It’s a terrific performance, one I called ‘simply revelatory’ in my review of the film. With roles in The Enfield Haunting, Maleficient and Britannia, Worthington-Cox is an experienced actor despite her age, and […]

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INTERVIEW: ‘Gwen’ Director William McGregor Talks About the Resonance of Folk-Horror

Folk-horror has had somewhat of a cinematic revival of late. With big-budget, studio-backed folk terrors like The Witch, Midsommar and Apostle all resonating well with audiences and critics alike, it comes as no surprise that up-and-coming independent filmmakers are being inspired by these fables and gravitating towards similar projects of their own. William McGregor, most known for his contributions to […]

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REVIEW: Gwen (2019)

Most known for his contributions to British television, ranging from BBC’s gothic costume-drama “Poldark” to Channel 4’s raucous teen-comedy “Misfits”, writer-director William McGregor makes his feature-length debut with “Gwen”; a slow-burning, candle-lit exploration of an implosive family unit set in rural, 19th Century Snowdonia. It’s a folk tale, yet another take on the horror sub-genre […]

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REVIEW: X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019)

With the monumental success of Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame slowly coming to a halt, the monolithic finale to a franchise that has changed the landscape of the 21st Century blockbuster, it seems that 2019 is a bittersweet year for the superhero genre; a year where our beloved heroes say their goodbyes (for the time being, of course). Following […]

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