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Our take on... Twenty One Pilots: Trench.

Our take on... Twenty One Pilots: Trench.

October 08, 2018

For a band who seemed to appear out of nowhere in 2015 with the hit single “Stressed Out”, Twenty One Pilots (in their current line-up of Josh Dun and Tyler Joseph) have been on the go since 2011 and “Trench” represents their third record for label Fueled By Ramen following “Blurryface” in 2015...
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Our take on... Kodaline: Politics of LIving

Our take on... Kodaline: Politics of LIving

October 08, 2018

The first thing that you notice on this album when the first track “Follow Your Fire” kicks in is the ultra smooth production that makes this an incredibly radio friendly proposition. Almost every song on the album is a potential radio single and the band have clearly been influenced by the likes of One Republic and Imagine Dragons in the way that they write their songs now with arenas in mind, the lyrics being sung back to them by tens of thousands...
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Our take on... Deadpool 2

Our take on... Deadpool 2

September 12, 2018

This time, Ryan Reynolds returns in the red suit, and a budget that’s more than double that of the original, and it shows. The action is bigger, the fights are better, but it still retains the crude sense of humour from the original...
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Our take on... I Feel Pretty

Our take on... I Feel Pretty

September 11, 2018

Following on from the success of “Trainwreck”, and after a couple of stand up specials, Amy Schumer returns to the screen in this new movie in which she stars as Renee Bennett. Renee works in the back office of a cosmetics firm run by Avery LeClaire (Michelle Williams), but Renee suffers from feelings of serious insecurity about her looks and confidence...
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Our take on... Narcos: Season III

Our take on... Narcos: Season III

September 01, 2018

While it would have been pretty easy for Netflix to wrap up “Narcos” with the death of Pablo Escobar at the climax of season 2, there is a lot more story to be told about the Colombian drug trade following his death, namely in the form of the Cali Cartel... 
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Our take on... Avengers: Infinity War

Our take on... Avengers: Infinity War

August 29, 2018

Ten years, eighteen movies, six Infinity Stones, and one Infinity Gauntlet have brought us here: the film that Marvel have dubbed the most ambitious crossover in movie history, “Avengers: Infinity War”. The only question is does the film live up to expectations? Of course it does, not only that but it surpasses them easily...

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Our take on... Rampage

Our take on... Rampage

August 24, 2018

The story starts with an accident aboard a space station which inadvertently causes the work being done there to land on earth, infecting George and two other animals that go on a, well, rampage...
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Our take on... Pacific Rim: Uprising

Our take on... Pacific Rim: Uprising

August 20, 2018

This was an absolute breeze to watch as it cracks along at a great pace and is massively helped by the charisma of the leads, especially Boyega and Spaey. It’s a thoroughly enjoyable monster/robot smash ‘em up that trades in the deeper elements of Del Toro’s original for thrills, laughs, and more citywide destruction than you can shake a giant robot fist at...
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Our take on... A Quiet Place

Our take on... A Quiet Place

August 20, 2018

The title of this film works on a number of levels. It describes how the characters live their lives, it describes what America, has become in the world of the film, and it also describes the best way to watch the film. Turn off the lights, turn down your phone, and immerse yourself in this brilliantly made thriller from first time director, co-writer, and star John Krasinski (“The Office”) that also stars his real-life wife, Emily Blunt (“The Girl on the Train”) and a couple of excellent young actors as their on-screen kids...
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Our take on... Ready Payer One

Our take on... Ready Payer One

August 08, 2018

“Ready Player One” is set in the far flung future and features a heavy dose of fully CGI characters and environments, and is set in both the real world and the virtual world of “The Oasis”. If you can imagine a version of “The Matrix” except entry to The Oasis is voluntary!...

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Our take on... Mary Magdalene

Our take on... Mary Magdalene

July 26, 2018

This is a beautifully shot and scored film that doesn’t grandstand in the way religious films have in the past. The big events are portrayed in a very low key manner that works for the film, and the performances are very subtle, particularly the two leads. It’s a film that has the potential to move you, remove the pre-conceived notions of Mary Magdalene, and is one you could be thinking about for some time after watching it.
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Our take on... Red Sparrow

Our take on... Red Sparrow

July 18, 2018

Having worked together on three of the four “Hunger Games” films, director Frances Lawrence reunites with star Jennifer Lawrence for this adaptation of the novel of the same name by Jason Matthews. What we get here from the two is a very well shot, but at times tough to watch, espionage thriller which provides Jennifer Lawrence with her best performance since “Winter’s Bone” in 2010...
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