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A review of the new art house film “The Souvenir Part II”

January 18th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

Writer and director Joanna Hogg always intended her story to be in two parts and originally wanted to film both segments back-to-back. However, there were funding issues, so the first film was released in late 2019 but we had to wait until early 2022 for the second.  While the first part was an account of […]

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A review of the new coming-of-age movie “Licorice Pizza”

January 16th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

Paul Thomas Anderson has both written and directed a film set in California’s San Fernando Valley in the early 1970s and everything about the work – the clothes, the decor, the music, the television, the politics, even the style of the graphics – is redolent of the period. At its heart – and the movie […]

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A review of the “The King’s Man”

January 9th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

Following the commercial success of “Kingsman: The Secret Service” (2015) and “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” (2017), five years later we have “The King’s Man” which claims to be an origin story for this secret service of English gentlemen. However, none of the characters in the earlier movies feature in this prequel which is set in […]

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A review of the new film “House Of Gucci” – set to win awards

January 9th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

Any film directed by Ridley Scott – now in his mid 80s – is worth seeing and he has given us some absolute classics such as “Alien”, “Blade Runner”, “Thelma & Louise” and “Black Hawk Down”. Most of his movies are action stories but “House Of Gucci” is different. This is a film about character […]

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A review of the successful Indian movie “3 Idiots”

January 3rd, 2022 by Roger Darlington

This Hindi-language film was released in India in 2009 but I only caught up with it on Netflix on a quiet New Year’s Day over a decade later. The three eponymous characters are far from idiots: they are students at Delhi’s prestigious Imperial College of Engineering but they do have an unconventional approach to life […]

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A review of the new blockbuster “The Matrix Resurrections”

January 3rd, 2022 by Roger Darlington

“The Matrix” (1999) was a brilliantly original movie; “The Matrix Reloaded” (mid 2003) was enjoyable but lacked the originality of the first segment; “The Matrix Revolutions” (late 2003) was a disappointment with much of the same and no satisfactory explanation of what it was all about. Now 18 years later we have “The Matrix Resurrections”. […]

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A review of the classic German war film “Das Boot”

December 29th, 2021 by Roger Darlington

“The Boat” is a German war film with an interesting genesis and aftermath. In 1941, war correspondent Lothar-G√ľnther Buchheim joined German submarine U-96 on a patrol as part of the hard-fought Battle of the Atlantic. In 1973, he published a best-selling novel called simply “Das Boot” based on his experiences aboard U-96. Wolfgang Petersen then […]

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A review of the new blockbuster “Spider-Man: No Way Home”

December 19th, 2021 by Roger Darlington

After almost two years of the global pandemic, demand was high for a new Marvel movie and, if I wanted to see it in IMAX on the opening weekend, to secure a decent seat I had to attend the showing at 8 am on the Sunday morning. But it was worth it to forget the […]

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A review of the award-winning Japanese film “After Life”

December 11th, 2021 by Roger Darlington

I only heard of this 1998 Japanese film some two decades after its release when I saw a play based on it performed at London’s National Theatre. Coincidentally, just a few months later, the film was shown as part of a Japanese season at the British Film Institute which is next door to the theatre […]

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A review of the samurai film “47 Ronin”

December 9th, 2021 by Roger Darlington

A ronin is a samurai without a lord. In early 18th century Japan, 47 ronin sought to avenge the death of their master knowing that, even if they survived the endeavour, they would be put to death for breaching the authority of the shogun. This true story is very well-known to all Japanese because of […]

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