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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is officially a cinema sensation, bringing a record-breaking £23.75m worth of people into the cinema during its first three days of UK release. By contrast, The Tree of Life, which some big noises … Continue reading

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The Tree of Life

Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life is a high-minded, high-concept, sincere and solemn film. It begins with what appears to be a ray of light and some choral music, then a fifteen-minute surge of words and images – boys playing, … Continue reading

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A Separation

Every so often a film comes along which reminds you of the power of simple, unfussy storytelling. A Separation, a drama about two families in Iran, doesn’t contain any clever camera angles or suggestive imagery; it doesn’t play with narrative form … Continue reading

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Putty Hill

When there’s not much on at the mainstream cinemas, you can always rely on the ICA for something a little bit different. Casting its eye over the friends and family of Cory, a recently deceased drug-addict, this American indie flick sits strangely and … Continue reading

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Jan Švankmajer’s Alice

The other night I was lucky enough to attend a screening of Jan Švankmajer’s unique take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, showing as part of the Barbican’s newly launched animation season ‘Watch Me Move’. This 1988 stop-motion/ live-action hybrid was a … Continue reading

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Life in a Day

Life in a Day is a self-proclaimed ‘historic global experiment’, commissioned by Google, who asked YouTube users to ‘capture a glimpse’ of their everyday lives on 24th July 2010 and send it in. The resulting footage (over 4500 hours of … Continue reading

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Another week, another sporting documentary praised by critics for being about ‘more than just the sport itself’. I don’t really understand this as a point of particular acclaim. Surely sport – especially sport which someone has deemed worthy of a documentary … Continue reading

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