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The Maze Runner

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REVIEW: A disappointing film that fails to bring something new to a familiar theme, by Marta Wasik
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Published on November 15, 2014

   
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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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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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The Alternate Takes Approach
On the ethos and methods of this site, by James MacDowell...
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Gone Girl

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Explores the performative nature of human relationships in the digital age, By James Slaymaker
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Published on October 30, 2014
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Alternate Takes

Guardians of the Galaxy
James Taylor explores the themes of subversion and nostalgia in the films of James Gunn
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Published on October 28, 2014
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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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Hermitage Revealed

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A lush travelogue, sadly lacking in critical depth; by Charlotte Stevens
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Published on October 26, 2014
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Bad Neighbours
Matt Denny reconsiders the themes of irresponsibilty and gender in Bad Neighbours
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Published on October 15, 2014
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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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The Riot Club

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A timely comment on the potential vileness of the male group; by Rebecca Rae
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Published on October 14, 2014
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Devil's Knot
Jim Holden explores the narrative failures of Devil's Knot
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Published on September 17, 2014
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Miami Vice
In the fifth article of our blockbuster symposium, James Slaymaker makes the case for Miami Vice and Michael Mann's avant-garde multiplex style
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Published on August 13, 2014
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A Most Wanted Man

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Joseph Oldham lauds this adaptation of John Le Carré's 9/11 novel for its tension, atmosphere and perfomances
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Published on September 25, 2014
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Battle Company: Korengal
Deciding to focus on the experiences of the US soldiers involved reaps remarkable results
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Published on September 07, 2014
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Quantum of Solace
Guest writer Ed Smith shares his thoughts on the Craig-era Bond films, and examines the merits of Quantum of Solace
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Published on August 11, 2014
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