The Dark Tapes

Michael McQuown’s collection of eldritch tales may fall a little flat due to its lack of decent special effects and a strange stylistic flow, but the ingenuity in its storytelling suggests that fans of the horror genre may have a new rising star to back.

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Kong: Mediocre Island

Despite showing hints of intelligence and nuance at times, the poorly-written characters and glaring lack of originality on Kong: Skull Island dooms it to being nothing more than another average monster movie to add to Hollywood’s already-overcrowded collection of skyscraper-sized disappointments.

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Donald Cried

Two childhood friends: a well-to-do banker and a fully-grown man-child meet again after twenty years of absence. They could not seem more different. Polar opposites: rational and irrational, cold and overtly friendly, adult and child. As Donald Cried progresses, their similarities are revealed in a way that seeks to show how layered the two characters…

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The LEGO Batman Movie

The LEGO Batman Movie follows in the steps of its BAFTA-winning predecessor (also nominated for a Golden Globe and an Oscar), which was aptly named “The LEGO Movie”, and more than holds its own. Once again using an animation style deliberately meant to look like stop motion with real LEGO bricks, the film quickly pulls…

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Fifty Shades Blander

The uninspiring, unimaginative and unsexy expectations audiences set following Fifty Shades of Grey have unsurprisingly been met in this second instalment to the Fifty Shades trilogy. James Foley’s Fifty Shades Darker is a continuation of the first film’s sketchy plotline which serves only to link the film’s underwhelming and forgettable sex scenes.

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Jackie

The assassination of President John F. Kennedy was one of the most shocking, most keenly felt tragedies of the twentieth century. Countless pieces of great art have sought to grapple with the shooting, from Oliver Stone’s paranoia-drenched JFK to Don DeLillo’s Libra. Mad Men set a typically memorable, artful episode around the incident. Just about…

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Oscar Shorts Potentials

With the Oscar nominations fast approaching, we look at two potential candidates for Best Short Film… Timecode This Spanish short about a car park security guard is stylish and intriguing, complete with a sweet, uplifting payoff. With its female protagonist working in stagnant, emotionally sterile conditions in front of a CCTV monitor, Timecode starts out…

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Assassin’s Creed

It will come as a surprise to none but the irrationally optimistic that Assassin’s Creed, a high-budget film adaptation of the hit video game series, is a bad, bad film. Boasting a distinguished cast and a promising director, this is nonetheless an aggressively nonsensical grind from start to finish. Video game adaptations of course have…

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