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Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman

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He was so far gone into the worlds his characters inhabited that it was the only way to get any insight into the portly, ginger NY man behind all these faces. If there’s anything we’ve learnt about him since it’s quite simple: Hoffman was a person getting by in this brief life with enough courage to make his mark in his chosen field of acting…

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REVIEW: The Counselor (Ridley Scott – 2013)

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Directed by Sir Ridley Scott and starring five of the biggest actors in recent years, McCarthy’s script plays out like someone who has never read a 101 manual on screenwriting before. It’s a daring piece that breaks all the rules we’ve come to expect and should be appreciated as such. The story is a familiar one—drug deal gone bad—but the consequent playing out isn’t so familiar, more a hashing of regret.

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REVIEW: FRUITVALE STATION (Ryan Coogler – 2013)

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Fruitvale Station is the tale behind a very real video that would otherwise go ignored by the greater populace. It humanises these blunt pixels and creates a meaning behind the loud bam that ultimately ended the life of a man that’s doing what we’re all doing in this life: just trying to get by and support his loved ones.

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REVIEW: Blancanieves (Pablo Berger – 2013)

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Frank Zappa once remarked in 1989 “it isn’t necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or ice – there are two other possibilities: one is paperwork, and the other is nostalgia.” Equal parts prophetic and overtly dramatic, it’s an idea that has certainly rung true. Especially when considering the last twenty years of cinema: remakes have ruled and endless sequels have been the candy for the major studio’s craving of bacon.

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DOUBLE REVIEW: A Hijacking (Tobias Lindholm – 2013) & Captain Phillips (Paul Greengrass – 2013)

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In the space of a couple of weeks, cinemas will play host to two films of a very similar nature: A Hijacking and Captain Phillips. Both films concern the, well, hijacking of a freighter by Somali pirates. But this synopsis is where the sameness ends. Both succeed for different reasons and both endings will leave you jaw agape, writhing on the floor in shock

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