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Film review: Believe

Jul 21 2014

While the blockbusters are dominating the summer box office, it would be all too easy to overlook the lower budget films on offer.  Which means that film makers have to be just a bit more imaginative when it comes to attracting an audience.  Take Believe, for example, which is released this Friday, 25 July.

It’ll get decent distribution in cinemas but, so that it reaches a wider audience, it also launches on the same day on Sky Movies.  And, from the day after, it’s available on demand.  All subscribers will need after that is a rainy Sunday afternoon to sit down in front of this unassuming piece of football fantasy.

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Film review: Boyhood

Jul 08 2014

When a film takes years to make, it’s often not a good sign.  Richard Linklater’s Boyhood took a total of 12 – and there’s absolutely nothing to worry about.  He wanted it that way.

It follows Mason (Ellar Coltrane) as he grows from a six year old boy to a young man of 18, going off to college.  But there’s no change of actor.  Instead, the director took the novel, and more realistic, approach of using the same actor all the time.  Every year over the course of 12 years, the same cast and crew re-united to film the next stage of the story, so we watch Mason grow before our very eyes.

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Film review: How To Train Your Dragon 2

Jul 07 2014
How To Train Your Dragon 2

It’s been a good year for animation.  We’ve already had the frantic energy of The Lego Movie and the colour and rhythm of Rio 2, while Disney’s Planes:Fire and Rescue and Guillermo del Toro’s intriguing Book Of Life are still to come.  But for now we’ll just have to settle for what could be at the top of the pile come the end of 2014.  How To Train Your Dragon 2.

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Heads Up! Future Films: Boyhood

Jul 04 2014

It may have been 12 years in the making, but Richard Linklater’s Boyhood wasn’t a film beset with production problems.  That timescale was deliberate.

The director wanted to follow a boy growing up so, once a year for those 12 years, the same cast and crew got together to film the next stage.  But it isn’t just the boy’s story: it’s just as much about his sister, mother and father.  And, as Linklater and his cast reveal in this footage, it was a unique experience for everybody involved.

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Film review: Chef

Jun 23 2014

Time for the grown-ups to go to the movies.  Book the baby sitter, the table at your favourite eating house and the tickets for your local flix.  Chef is in town!

Make sure that you visit the restaurant before you see it though, because this is a film about great food and Twitter.  The last thing you should do is see it on an empty stomach! The food, from a whole new menu to a more down-to-earth Cubano, is so mouthwatering you can almost smell it.  The film isn’t far behind.

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