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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…

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John Wick (2014)

John Wick sees Keanu Reeves doing what he does best, kicking ass to the tune of gunfire, crunching bones and dead bodies hitting the floor. John (Mr Reeves) receives a posthumous gift from his recently deceased wife, a Beagle puppy whose companionship he finds comforting. But an unfortunate chance encounter with Iosef (Alfie Allen) leaves John with a dead…

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Boyhood (2014)

Richard Linklater‘s quietest of epics is a coming-of-age tale in which we see the protagonists come of age right in front of our very own eyes. Mason Jr (Ellar Coltrane) is a six-year-old boy living with his high-strung mother Olivia (Patricia Arquette) and sister Samantha (Lorelei Linklater). His father, Mason Sr (Ethan Hawke), is a puer aeternus,…

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Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

One of the most hotly anticipated films of the year, Sam Taylor-Johnson‘s adaptation of E L James‘s eponymous raunchy and badly written novel, finally makes it to the screen. Ana Steele (Dakota Johnson), an undergraduate at the Washington State University, agrees to interview billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) instead of her friend Kate (Eloise Mumford).…

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The Guest (2014)

Adam Wingard‘s The Guest is a nostalgic throwback to Eighties’ B-movie mindless action flicks, which is not the same as saying that it’s a bad film. David Collins (Dan Stevens) is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan. On his return to the US he pays a visit to the Petersons, his late best friend’s family.…

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Enemy (2013)

Dennis Villeneuve‘s adaptation of José Saramago‘s 2002 novel The Double is a gripping thriller that is surprisingly short of thrills but weird enough to whet and satisfy the appetite of those viewers who are looking for an alternative to the more mainstream fare. Adam Bell (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a history professor whose life is as drab…

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American Sniper (2014)

Clint Eastwood directs a biopic of sorts about Chris Kyle, a sniper who holds the dubious honor of being the deadliest marksman in US military history, having amassed 160 confirmed kills during four tours in Iraq. Chris (Bradley Cooper) enlists in the US Navy after watching on television the aftermath of the 1998 US embassy bombings…

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St Vincent (2014)

Theodore Melfi’s debut is a heartwarming if predictable feature starring Bill Murray as the titular ‘Saint’, in a role that begs for Mr Murray to have his own adjective, one that describes these endearing misanthropes that the actor interprets so well. Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher) and his mum Maggie (Melissa McCarthy) move to a new neighbourhood next door…

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Revival (2014)

Despite him being a household name with something like 50 bestselling novels under his belt, it’s still somewhat of an event when Stephen King releases a new novel, and with Revival, his latest, the fanfare is justified. It’s 1962, and Jamie Morton is outside playing with his toy soldiers. The ominous shadow of the new…

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Sullied flesh that melts: Jutta Heim (2014)

F’dak l-appartament ta’ żewġt ikmamar Erik Xerri reġa’ sab l-imħabba waqt li tilef is-sens ta’ ħin u ta’ żmien, u għal mumenti sa tilef is-sens ta’ spazju wkoll għax tant ħassu mqanqal li nesa li kien f’art oħra. L-imħabba ta’ art barranija differenti minn dik ta’ daru, l-istess bħas-skiet u r-riħa tal-kutri. Donnu anki d-dlam…