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Song of the Sea

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REVIEW: A suprisingly sombre tale, exploring family grief through Irish mythology,by Zoë Shacklock
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Published on July 19, 2015

   
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Phoenix

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REVIEW: A reworking of Vertigo that transforms a pulpy premise into something mythical, by James Slaymaker
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Published on July 07, 2015
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The Overlook Screening July 2015: Taste of Fear
Reasons to see Taste of Fear, showing this month at The Overlook Screening Rooms
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Published on July 06, 2015
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The Alternate Takes Approach
On the ethos and methods of this site, by James MacDowell...
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Published on March 11, 2011
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Results

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Brings added nuance and psychological depth to the rom-com formula; by James Slaymaker
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Published on June 09, 2015
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Alternate Takes

Inherent Vice
James Slaymaker discusses hyperreality, nostalgia, paranoia, and issues of adaptation in Inherent Vice
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Published on June 13, 2015
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Reviews From the 2014 London Film Festival: Part 2
James Slaymaker reviews Listen Up Philip, Jauja, and Eden
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Published on November 06, 2014
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The Avengers: Age of Ultron

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A precisely measured ensemble blockbuster; By James Taylor
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Published on April 26, 2015
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The Boxtrolls
Cat Lester the explores the different types of monstrosity presented in The Boxtrolls and the problems arising in terms of gender and class
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Published on April 23, 2015
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Reviews From the 2014 London Film Festival: Part 1
James Slaymaker reviews Hard to be a God, Ellie Lumme, From What is Before, and Pasolini
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Published on November 01, 2014
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While We're Young

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A film about family, filmmaking, and cross-generational adult communication ;by Rebecca Rae
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Published on April 07, 2015
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St. Vincent
Patrick Pilkington analyses St. Vincent in relation to themes of entertainment and utopia
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Published on March 31, 2015
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"Get Away from Her…": The Power Behind One Line in Aliens
Patrick Pilkington explores the values of heroism and wonder in the blockbuster through Ripley's most famous line...
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Published on August 23, 2014
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Chappie

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A flawed film that adds little to the genre, but enjoyable nonetheless; by Matt Denny
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Published on March 29, 2015
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Gone Girl
James Slaymaker explores how Gone Girl engages with the tension between individual and collective identity in a media-saturated landscape
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Published on March 08, 2015
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From Director Steven Spielberg
Our blockbuster symposium continues with a guest article from Paul Bullock on Spielberg and Blockbusters
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Published on August 20, 2014
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