Beauty and the Beast (2017)

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Live-Action remakes seem to be the core of Disney’s nostalgia fuelled campaign, enabling those childhood favourites to have a serious makeover and to favour, to an extent, human leads rather than solely exploring animation. A campaign that began with ‘Alice In Wonderland’ has seen a number of Disney classics graduate from animation to CGI worlds by taking advantage of the huge advancements in technology, as seen in ‘The Jungle Book’, with ‘The Lion King’, ‘Dumbo’ and ‘Aladdin’ next on the list.

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Logan (2017)

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“Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dyling of the light” Dylan Thomas.

One actor playing one character for seventeen years, appearing in nine films which include three trilogies, all within the comic book genre. For Hollywood, that’s a mighty impressive record. It’s been an extraordinarily rare opportunity to watch a character develop over such a longevity, particularly in a franchise that broke the mould for the superhero genre. To be part of both a collaborative effort in the X-Men films and experience the intensive scrutiny and focus of a spin-off trilogy, is something quite unheard of.
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Baby Driver (2017)

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Reboots, sequels, prequels, franchises, remakes. These five terms have come to dominate and loiter around the film experience of late. Whether it’s exploring the high seas with yet another failed ‘Pirates of The Caribbean film’, or watching Tom Cruise and his bouncy hair run around some exotic land in a failed and unnecessary franchise reboot, there seems to be no end in sight. As evidenced by last week’s trailer release for the upcoming ‘Jumanji’ reboot that no one asked for. Most of these films have created an atmosphere of repetition, sluggishness and stifling boredom, because for every thrilling ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’, we are then exposed to yet another moronic Transformers film that again, very few asked for.
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Moonlight (2016)

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Identity and acceptance are two themes that course through this film, one which explores the life of a gay black man living in the rough area of Miami, exploring the black community and the many difficulties they face. Moonlight is an incredibly rich intellgent story and essential viewing owing to its exploration of many themes such as homosexuality and drug culture. The film is further bolstered by both the incredible number of positive responses and the many awards it has accumulated. Now, I won’t speculate on numbers regarding who has seen this film and who hasn’t, nor am I going to condemn you for having missed this experience in cinemas, but the film is out now on DVD, so you know, hint hint.
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John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

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There is an abundance of action films lead by leading male protagonists. Many of whom nowadays can be seen either clad in spandex, performing death-defying spectacles involving aeroplanes and extremely tall buildings, or driving very fast cars over submarines. Though I do have a personal preference for those spandex clad heroes (Yes, I know how that reads). There is one male action character whose antics in his first film caught my attention and though he does drive an impress muscle car and wear a fantastic array of suits, it’s not James Bond.
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T2 Trainspotting (2017)

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Trainspotting first graced our cinemas in 1996, however, it took me another 20 years to finally watch the cult classic. Ridiculous I know as a prior film student, but it took a fantastic film marathon at a friend’s house for me to finally sit down watch it. Trainspotting is arguably one of the most powerful representations of the drug culture, unique owing to not only its refusal to be set in a glamorised format but also because of its unconventional manner, such as the film’s poster. Trainspotting explores a profoundly dark and seedy narrative, with scenes made from the stuff of nightmares, but with what I can only imagine to be realistic scenarios when things inevitably go wrong.
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Jackie (2016)

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The Kennedys are a fascinating family, full of intrigue, sorrow, success and blighted by a future they were denied by helicopter accidents, their own personal flaws and most famously of all, a bullet. If any of these references seem alien to you, then I urge you to explore the family history, read their stories, listen to their voices, and watch the many adaptations from over the years exploring the different generations, from Joe to Jack and onto Christopher.
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Assassin’s Creed (2016)

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Video games as a format primarily work because as the player you are in control of a character within a narrative, thus placing you in the moment. This is also why in my opinion the horror genre is now best depicted in video games. So, depending upon the game, you must complete a series of tasks such as learning how this new world works, and how to adapt to your environment. You must also make important decisions regarding your character’s various upgrades before finally deciding how to best utilise all you have learned to your advantage when you inevitably face the bosses along the way. These are some of the most fundamental reasons why people play video games, and is an element you cannot presently incorporate into film.
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Silence (2016)

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I’ve always been fascinated by religion, more so now in my early twenties than I have been previously. I grew up reading condensed forms of passages from The Bible, reciting the lord’s prayer each morning at my primary school. When I transitioned to my secondary school I attended weekly chapel services, singing hymns and sitting once a week in the crypt to listen to sermons from the school Chaplin. I find Cathedrals and Churches to be some of the more beautiful and fascinating pieces of architecture, as they serve as a testament of the faith that others have to a deity, and I have been fortunate enough to visit many Cathedrals such as the one in Durham, as well as those in Italy and France.

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The Birth of a Nation (2016)

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Nate Parker is an ambitious man, directing, writing and starring as the lead in his first feature film. ‘The Birth of a Nation’ explores the historically significant story of Nate Turner in 1831, whose actions are believed to have been the spark for events such as, The Civil War and abolishment of slavery 33 years later. Nate Turner was a slave who became a preacher and travelled with his master across the country, preaching to other slaves whose masters feared they were not being as subservient as they ought to be.  Continue reading