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Shakespearean in violence, Asian in execution. Park’s beautiful visuals, fluid and full of momentum, create a brilliant technical piece of filmmaking. Including a twist so emotional, it damages you. The villain is a true description of villainous, exerting all his will in revenge. Although dark and twisted, it maintains humor and the ability to still be moving. It’s filled to the brim with visceral shocks and an impact that is hard to shake. Spike Lee claims that this “re-imagining” is akin to covering a song. It is in no way an attempt to remake the film. It’s unlikely that…

Any film centred around the notorious organisation Wikileaks was bound to attract fire from all sides, so it comes as a surprise that The Fifth Estate has had such a quiet release. Benedict Cumberbatch plays controversial figure Julian Assange in the early years of the website, attracting worldwide fame and criticism in equal measure. Bill Condon, best known for his work on the Twilight Films, directs this biopic about the life of Assange and his ties to the organisation Wikileaks. The script is based in part on Inside Wikileaks, the book by former spokesperson for the organisation Daniel…

It is hard to believe that it was back in 2006 that James McAvoy won the BAFTA Rising Star Award. Since then he seems to have gone from strength to strength. Adapted from the controversial novel by Irvine Welsh, McAvoy plays DS Bruce Robertson, a corrupt member of the Lothian Constabulary who is in line for promotion. He will attempt this by any means necessary.  However, his life is dominated by casual sex, cocaine and heavy drinking. His addictions eventually get the better of him and he starts to have a mental breakdown. McAvoy is the best thing about the…

By Jack Nicol There has been plenty of negative reaction to Ben Affleck being cast as Batman for The Man of Steel sequel. Public reaction has been largely negative, with 71% of tweets sent in the first hour of the announcement being negative. That’s 71% of 96,000 tweets. Ten percent were quick to mention Affleck’s previous outing as a superhero in 2004’s Daredevil. Fans who disliked the choice created a change.org petition urging Warner Bros. to “remove Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne in the Superman/Batman movie”. The petition currently has over 94,967 signatures. The outcry, while predictable,…

Ever since the influx of new cast members, online forums have insisted that Glee was going downhill fast.  It now seems that the series will finally draw to a close at the end of series 6, with director and show-runner Ryan Murphy announcing the news on the 16th of this month. He also revealed he had planned the last season around Finn and Rachel’s storyline, with the whole show ending with them. The sudden death of leading man Cory Monteith back in July means he has to rethink the series: “I knew what the last shot was — he was in…

Fresh from stealing the spotlight in last summer’s blockbuster The Avengers, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) has returned for another bout in his Iron Man suit. “Nothing’s been the same since New York” says Stark hauntedly setting the tone for the movie. Plagued by nightmares of his near-death experience in The Avengers, the billionaire superhero is not quite himself. It turns out that saving the world from an alien army led by a Nordic demi-god can have that effect on you. His panic attacks are getting worse, he can’t sleep and his relationship with Pepper is suffering. Iron Man 3…

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