Author: Sam Tremayne

Margot Robbie brilliant in I, Tonya

Who doesn’t love an underdog story? In this case of I, Tonya however, what happens when that dog bites? It’s the 1990s and there is no internet, no mobile phones and certainly no memes. The news would rise and fall on the juiciest of stories and none captivated the world quite like the story of Tonya Harding, the figure skater who allegedly plotted to injure her main competition before the Olympics. For a sport known for its grace, poise and style, she had none of these, with a mean streak as cold as ice. Shot expertly and presented in...

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Gary Oldman as you’ve never seen him

He’s one of the most documented men of the 20th century, the Prime Minister whose job it was to save Britain from the tyranny of the Nazis.  With German forces on their doorstep and France and Belgium on the retreat, Winston Churchill was alone in more ways than one.  This film truly is his Darkest Hour. Rising to power as “the ship sinks”, Churchill faces opponents at every turn, even within his own War Cabinet. Only 300,000 English Soldiers remain in the entire Army, most of who are trapped at Dunkirk, trying to cross the Channel to Dover. Hitler...

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Strange title of an Oscar worthy film

Could this be the strangest film title in the modern era? If the name Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri doesn’t entice you, look a little deeper and you’ll see this is the new flick from Martin McDonagh, the man behind ‘In Bruges’ and ‘7 Psychopaths’ – the maestro of black comedy movies. Keep reading and you see a cast comprised of Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell. What’s not to like here? Well firstly, the subject matter is grim to say the least. A dark and brooding vibe proliferates throughout the whole story, infused with some very politically...

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Spoiler-free review of The Last Jedi

Come on, you must know about The Last Jedi. Do I really need to sell it to you? After a stellar year in film, 2017 ends on a big bang, in a galaxy far, far away. Directed by Rian Johnson, of ‘Looper’ and ‘Brick’ fame, Episode VIII: The Last Jedi is the ‘Empire Strikes Back’ equivalent for the new, modern trilogy – and whether it will leave the same impact is yet to be seen but holy moly is this a tight and fun movie that only the Christmas Grinch would hate. Following immediately on from Episode VII, where the...

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The Disaster Artist is a glorious mess

It is true, all of it. Well – as far we know. Apparently, test screenings of The Disaster Artist, as successful as they were, left audiences perplexed. Surely this is a fictional story right? Tommy Wiseau has to be a cartoon character. How can a mysterious immigrant with a bottomless bank account and an unknown age and lineage, jetstream into superstardom despite lacking any real acting or filmmaking skills, let alone people skills? The answer… I’m afraid I don’t know, and that is the magic of The Disaster Artist. James Franco stars and directs this mildly bio-pic tale (allegedly...

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