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Welcome to Alternate Takes, a place for exciting and in-depth discussions of all aspects of cinema. Written by critics, academics, and students of cinema for a broad readership; an extended piece on our ethos and approach can be read here.

Unlike other film review sites, we review new films twice. The first review is a spoiler-free evaluation that gives away as little as possible to potential viewers. This is a review to read before you see the film. When you return from the cinema, you can then read our Alternate Take: a longer, more in-depth examination that discusses whatever it was that we found to be most interesting about the film.

As well as this, we also provide regular features that give detailed and passionate arguments about any, and all, the areas of film that we love, hate or have just plain thought too long about.

We hope to provoke lively debate and sharing of ideas so don\"t hesitate to comment on articles, or email us your ideas, congratulations and flagellations at You can follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Letterboxd. Check back regularly to read our latest reviews, features and Alternate Takes. Tell your friends. Spread the word.


Editorial Team: Matt Denny, Patrick Pilkington, Josh Schulze, Leanne Weston.

Founder & Editor-in-chief: James MacDowell.

Production: Chris Williams.

Contributors: Hannah Andrews, Roy Ashman, Finn Ballard, Robert Blain, John Bleasdale, Mair Bosworth, Cindy Carlsson, Matt Denny, Lucy Donaldson, Pete Falconer, Jake Finbow, Greg Frame, Tilde Fredholm, Adam Gallimore, Ivan Girina, Jim Holden, Tom Hughes, Nike Jung, Neon Kelly, Catherine Lester, Dario Llinares, James MacDowell, Chris McQuain, Douglas Morrey, Jo Oldham, Kevin Pearson, Patrick Pilkington, Nic Pillai, Megan Porter, Simon Ramshaw, Josh Schulze, Zoë Shacklock, James Slaymaker, Charlotte Stevens, Tom Steward, James C. Taylor, Lauren Thompson, Tim Vermeulen, Rick Wallace, Marta Wasik, Owen Weetch, James Whitfield, Victor Wong, James Zborowski, and Martin Zeller-Jacques.

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This article was published on July 20, 2005.