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A Little Chaos (2014)

Alan Rickman returns to the director’s seat after seventeen years for A Little Chaos, a period drama about the principal gardener of King Louis the XIV of France. André Le Nôtre (Matthias Schoenaerts) is looking to employ landscape architects to help put balance and order in the gardens commissioned by the King (Alan Rickman). He chooses…

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Trap-ease (2015)

Wi111ow Theatre, in collaboration with writer Miriam Calleja, performed Trap-ease, a work described as a ‘physical poem’, a combination of poetry and physical theatre. There was an overall narrative that kicked off with Tim (Brandon Shaw), his sister Sheila (Alba Florian Viton) and his former girlfriend Luisa (Naomi Said) auditioning for a part. The three then met at…

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Pleased to meet you. Who are you? I am Alba Florian Viton, a girl with an excessively long name and also a creature of the theatre. Declare your spirit animal. Cat. Because cats are capable of absolutely anything. ♥ You wake up and you realise that you’re edible. What kind of food are you? An avocado. I believe…

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Pleased to meet you. Who are you? If I am what I eat, then I’m delicious and interesting, but I can also be fast and easy. If I am what I write, then I’m poetic (buy my book Pomegranate Heart b%$^*()s!) If I am what I read, then I’m probably a depressed Eastern European. If I…

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Inherent Vice (2014)

Paul Thomas Anderson‘s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon‘s gumshoe novel was one of the most anticipated films of last year and given the track record of both director and novelist, this seemed to be a marriage made in heaven. Shasta Fay Hepworth (Katherine Waterston) makes an unexpected call to her former boyfriend Doc Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix). She…

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Jupiter Ascending (2015)

The Wachowskis are giving M Night Shyamalan a run for his money as Jupiter Ascending, their foray into space opera, marks a new career-low for the team that gave us gems like Bound  (1996) and The Matrix (1999). Alien royalty squabble about who has which planet, Earth being a particularly alluring bone of contention because it’s…

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Lucy (2014)

Luc Besson‘s latest action chick flick is a potpourri of several other films (including ones directed by Mr Besson himself), one that starts off with a bang only to sizzle into the sort of pedantic ludicrousness that not even an ambitious, delectably over-the-top third act can overcome. Lucy (Scarlett Johansson), a young student currently residing in…

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Whiplash (2014)

Damien Chazelle‘s Whiplash is an impassioned, gritty account of a student and his mentor, one that looks like, but is not, Music Genius 101. Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller) is a student at the esteemed Shaffer Conservatory of music. He is extremely ambitious, envisaging himself a first-class drummer and jazz musician. Music teacher/conductor Terence Fletcher (J…

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Into the Woods (2014)

Rob Marshall‘s take on the Tony-award winning Broadway hit is a tame and dismaying mash-up of half a dozen fairy tales that, unlike many of its protagonists, refuses to venture down any paths other than the ones much travelled. Baker (James Corden) and Wife (Emily Blunt) discover that the reason behind them not having any children…

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Soul Boys of the Western World (2014)

George Hencken‘s film charts the rise, success, lull, disbandment, lawsuit and inevitable comeback of Spandau Ballet, one of the most popular bands of the Eighties. The documentary employs a chronological template. It starts off from the very beginning, chronicling the early days of the band; how they met, and, most interestingly, their hangouts. We are taken on a…