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07.04.17 What's On?

07.04.17 What's On?
07.04.17, Free Fire Having attacked John Wick 2 as nonsensical gun-porn, it might appear hypocritical of me to feature Free Fire as the most enticing screening this weekend. I am trying to understand my own decision. The film looks fun, in a deliberately retro 1970s kind of way. The cast looks promising, especially the clash of opposites: quiet, my...
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What's On? 30.03.17

What's On? 30.03.17
What's On? 30.03.17 I'll start with Ghost in the Shell , because I've effectively been waiting for this film since I heard it was in production last year. Having reviewed the anime version (1995) upon which it's based, I'm going into this with the gentle let-down of having already read three-star reviews. Bearing in mind I wasn't 'crazy' about the ...
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What's On? 23.03.17

What's On? 23.03.17
What's On? 23.03.17 This weekend there's a sci-fi with Jake Gyllenhaal called Life and I don't know how to react to it. I love a visually fantastic sci-fi; the Tom Cruise movie Oblivion is an example of the kind of eye-candy I could happily watch and not be affected by the silly, committee-manufactured ending. Even Matt Damon's Elysium was . . . we...
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What's On? 16.03.17

What's On? 16.03.17
What's On? 16.03.17 I am both fascinated and repelled by ghost stories. I began watching The Ring on my own and then decided not to, at a certain point, early on. Similarly with Paranormal Activity , I started to watch it alone some years ago, and couldn't cope with it, despite its fear coming from tricks with shadows and sounds. There's a ghost st...
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What's On? 09.03.17

What's On? 09.03.17
What's On? 09/03/17 Should I go and watch Logan ? There are no easy answers, despite the strong reviews. The X-Men did nothing for me, though I do have a soft spot for the third in the series, when they're fighting on Alcatraz Island; Vinnie Jones being tricked by Ellen Page into running into a wall. But the others? The characters are too two-dimen...
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What's On? 03.03.17

What's On? 03.03.17
What's On? 03.03.17 A dilemma arises when you've watched too many good films consecutively. Moonlight , which won best film last week at the Oscar's, needs no introduction, while the film I watched after it, the German comedy Toni Erdmann was arguably even better, or at least, it was for me. Prior to both, I watched John Wick 2 ; it renewed my fait...
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What's On? 24.02.17

What's On? 24.02.17
What's On? 24.02.17 La La Land is being flaunted in Cameo cinema right now, not only a sure-fire winner for the coming Oscars but a film for our times, so says a Guardian journalist who condemns the film/musical. It's a musical of solipsism and uncaring, grasping individualism, so also says the journalist . . . To be honest, that kind of condemnati...
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What's On? 16.02.17

What's On? 16.02.17
What's On? 16/02/17 I am desperate for a big, loud, mindless film this weekend. I look at the great five-star movies on release, Moonlight and Manchester By the Sea , and I nod my head approvingly. I may even enter the cinema and at the last second take the moral high ground and buy a ticket. Or I might buy a ticket for John Wick 2 instead. I misse...
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What's On? 02.02.17

What's On? 02.02.17
What's On? 02/02/17 There are brilliant films that pass you by, and then when it's time, when your calendar opens like clouds unveiling sunshine, the cinema has nothing for you. Or is this just being fussy? Manchester By The Sea remains there, it still looks moving and well-acted (about a loser adopting his dead brother's son), and L...
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What's On? 26.01.17

What's On? 26.01.17
What's On? 26/01/17 I'm in Edinburgh and it's only the day after Burns Night, so I have to mention T2 (Trainspotting 2) , which is showing this weekend at the Cameo and probably everywhere in Edinburgh. Actually, I'd like to mention the smoke-machine-laden, shiny and spot-light lit premiere for T2 at Fountainpark last week, because I really didn't ...
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What's On? 19.01.17

What's On? 19.01.17
What's On? 19/01/17 Nothing fills me with foreboding like the release of a film with a cross-dressing male. My experience is they're usually psychopaths (literally: Psycho , 1960) or some similarly unhinged murderer, like in Dressed to Kill (1980) or Silence of the Lambs (1991). No less uncomfortable are the films that play it for laughs (Some Like...
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What's On? 14.01.17

What's On? 14.01.17
What's On? 14/01/17 I fell in love with Underworld when it came out in 2003. What a great time in my life, that was, back in Szczecin in Poland. I had a really nice girlfriend, believe it or not, an American of shiny reddish hair and angelic skin who was passionate about directing cinema. We produced a school play, and watched great films together ...
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What's On? 15/12/16

What's On? 15/12/16
What's On? 15/12/16 I was once a hard core fan of Star Wars. Born in the seventies, I remember Return of the Jedi (1983) was wonderful, was in fact the centre of my universe. I remember the hype on early morning news, the playground re-enactments, the Panini sticker book that my brother managed to complete with his friend. When you're eight years o...
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What's On? 08.12.16

What's On? 08.12.16
What's On? 08/12/16 I've just spent an hour copying and pasting the names of eighty-three transgender people killed in hate crimes, then cutting up the papers and attaching blue-tak to each piece. They'll go on display tomorrow at the Trans Remembrance event I'm organising. Yes, it feels disturbing to do something so banal, involving the names of a...
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What's On? 02/12/16

What's On? 02/12/16
What's On? 02/12/16 Limp and ashamed, I hang my head and say it's unlikely I'll be going to the cinema this weekend. I will be in Leeds (I've never been to Leeds) at a conference on gender. At least I hope I will be, as I've spent several hundred pounds on hotel, train and the conference itself (which I aim to scrape back via funding that I don't y...
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What's On? 25/11/16

What's On? 25/11/16
What's On? 25/11/16 First of all, no, I didn't review last week's movie, Dead Man , the postmodern Western directed by Jarmusch and starring Johnny Depp. I think it was a slightly underwhelming film, though I loved the soundtrack (Neil Young, riffing on an electric guitar, apparently in front of the film as he was watching it). It's the kind of fil...
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What's On? 18/11/16

What's On? 18/11/16
What's On? 18/11/16 The Jim Jarmusch season continues at The Cameo . As reviewed already, I watched Magic Train last Saturday and it was fine, in a whimsical kind of way. Memphis looked like a dead town in the film, the director was obviously going for that effect, and perhaps it resonates, a gentle mocking of the 'Grail quest'. Perhaps I'll experi...
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What's On? 10/11/16

What's On? 10/11/16
What's On? 10/11/16 I was all set to go this weekend to watch the Amy Adams sci-fi, Arrival , when to my dismay, I found another film I should go and watch instead - one of those movies you know you need for your hipster development. A film by a director whose work I've wanted to see more of, Jim Jarmusch. His film The Limits of Control r...
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What's On? 3/11/16

What's On? 3/11/16
What's On? 3/11/16 Having eagerly pored over Empire Magazine for my monthly dose of cinema news, I can report back to you all with the insight that November will be remembered as the month of the actress Amy Adams. For some (like my friend Yesenia), Adams is the innocent girl in Enchanted , to others (like me), she's the sly and multi-layered con a...
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What's On? 27.10.16

What's On? 27.10.16
What's On? 27.10.16 After enjoying Louis Theroux's My Scientology Movie last weekend, I did think about watching a Tom Cruise film this time. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is there in the cinema, dangling attractively like a free subscription to be audited. Yes, it's probably just a harmless bit of fun and nothing more ( Jack Reacher , not Scientolog...
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