Page to Screen: The Cinematic Arrangement of the Cloud Atlas Sextet

With its unconventional structure, sprawling cast of characters, and a diverse mix of genres from historical drama to science fiction, David Mitchell’s Man Booker-shortlisted novel Cloud Atlas is one that even the author considered ‘unfilmable’. Prime adaptation material, then, for the Wachowskis – a writer-director duo perhaps defined more than anything else by the unerring […]

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Review: The Lighthouse

**** “Nothing good happens when two men are trapped in a giant phallus.” That’s how writer-director Robert Eggers (The Witch) describes his second feature, a curious tale of isolation and ambiguously supernatural mystery. It may sound like a joke, but it is a worryingly accurate description of the vaguely Lovecraftian, explicitly Freudian piece of psychosexual […]

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Review: Just Mercy

**** Sometimes it takes mercy to see true justice. Based on a true story and adapted from the book of the same name, Just Mercy tells the story of Harvard lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Michael B Jordan), who in the late 1980s moves to Alabama to give free legal representation to inmates on death row. Once […]

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Manga Madness: Oldboy (2003)

****½ The world of manga-to-live-action adaptations is a grim one, full of thoughtless cash-ins, overstuffed plots, and writers with little understanding of their source material. It is a place where often mediocrity is the most that can be hoped for, and the live-action companions of well-loved franchises are hidden away by fans hoping to hide […]

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Review: Jojo Rabbit

**** Johannes ‘Jojo’ Belzter (Roman Griffin Davies) is a good little Nazi. He idolizes Adolf Hitler, plunges headfirst into his training with the Hitler Youth, and won’t believe any of the unpatriotic rumours that Germany is losing the war. Though his dedication is lauded by party officials, it soon begins to waver when he discovers […]

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Hidden Gems: Tokyo Godfathers

  ****½ One cold Christmas Eve, A baby cries in Tokyo. Where is your mother? Loosely based on the 1948 John Wayne film 3 Godfathers, Satoshi Kon’s Tokyo Godfathers tells the story of three homeless outcasts who find a new-born baby abandoned on Christmas Eve and set off across the city on a quest to […]

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Manga Madness: Initial D (2005)

* Set in the world of illegal Japanese street racing, Initial D tells the story of young driver Takumi Fujiwara (played here by Jay Chou), who unwittingly becomes a legend amongst the racers of his local Akina mountain pass for the skill he demonstrates delivering tofu from his father’s shop. Originally beginning serialisation in 1995, […]

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Review: The Nightingale

**** 1825, Tasmania. Considered the most brutal of the British colonies in Australia, the island was regarded throughout the western world as ‘hell on Earth’, and as Jennifer Kent’s latest feature makes clear, for the convict women exited there and the aborigines forced violently from their land, that title is surely apt. The Nightingale tells […]

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Review: Promare

***½ The first feature from Trigger, the animation studio behind anime television series such as Kill La Kill and Little Witch Academia, Promare is a sci-fi actioner following a group of high-tech firefighters 30 years after a mysterious event lead to a subset of humans (known as the ‘Burnish’) gaining the ability to control fire. […]

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