Iron Fist (2017)

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The latest Marvel/Netflix series and the introduction of the last member of ‘The Defenders’. ‘Iron Fist’ marks the last step before the big team-up that began with Daredevil in 2015. So, now we have met the entire assemble, the question is, how does Iron Fist fare as its own series? and, how does it compare to all we have witnessed thus far in this Marvel/Netflix relationship. There are some spoilers.
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) Cheat Sheet.

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Welcome to the first of hopefully many, in a new series I am calling ‘Cheat Sheets’. For those unfamiliar with the term, it means a concise set of notes which enables the reader to become familiar with the subject without having to read through various textbooks, or in this case watch particular films. So, each week I shall be writing a Cheat Sheet for classic films, there won’t be any rhyme or reason for choosing each film, other than simply popping into my head. Oh, and of course, there will be spoilers.

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Nocturnal Animals (2016)

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“A fool always finds a greater fool to admire him” Nicolas Boileu.

I must begin this article by profusely apologising to everyone, men, women and children alike. I pride myself on my ability to critic and analyse a film with a clear mind, but on this occasion, I have been a blind fool. Months ago, when I first watched this film I was blown away by the passion, the style, the Mise en Scene of the piece. I sang its praises to anyone who would listen about how this film was one of my favourites of last year. Then something quite fantastic happened, Continue reading

American Pastoral (2016)

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Ewan McGregor both directs and stars in the Philip Roth adaption of the novel by the same name, he is joined by Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning in this exploration of turbulent family life.

There are spoilers in this review.
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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

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Directed by Edward Zick, starring Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Aldis Hodge, Danika Yarosh and Patrick Heusinger.

A government conspiracy that Jack Reacher must uncover the truth behind if he is to clear both his name and Turner’s (Smulders), whilst also protecting Samantha a girl who might be his daughter.
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Taboo

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Created by Chips Hardy, Tom Hardy and Steven Knight. Starring Tom Hardy, David Hayman, Jonathan Pryce, Oona Chaplin, Edward Hogg, Stephen Graham, Franka Potente, Michael Kelly, Tom Hollander, Mark Gatiss and many many more.

From the start, I must make this absolutely clear, before I am heckled or have rotten fruit thrown at me online, this article is full of Spoilers. So, if you are reading this as a taster because you are unsure whether the show will appeal to you, do not read my review, watch the series and then return. You have been warned.

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Free State of Jones (2016)

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Directed by Garry Ross, starring Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali and Kerri Russel. A confederate army deserter, Newton Knight (McConaughey), returns home to Mississipi and leads a group of fellow deserters in an uprising against the local Confederate Government.

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Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

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Directed by Mel Gibson, starring Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Luke Bracey, Vince Vaughn and Rachel Griffiths. In WWII Army Medic Desmond T.Doss served during the battle of Okinawa, though he refused to hold a rifle owing to strong religious beliefs, he saved 75 lives.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

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Directed by Tim Burton, starring Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel L.Jackson, Ella Purnell, Dame Judi Dench, Rupert Everett, Allison Janney, Chris O’Dowd, Terence Stamp. When Asa Butterfield’s character Jacob is left a task by his late Grandfather to find the home for peculiar children that he once attended, Jacob discovers a sinister plot awaiting him.
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