Film & TV reviews

Norskov: Season 2

Reviewed by Lou Fulco

It has been two years of waiting to see what has become of the residents of the seaside town called Norskov. The wait has been more than worth it. At the end of Season 1 we saw that Casper had been a…

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Blue Planet II

Reviewed by Bronte Coates

Seventeen years have passed since the BBC released the original Blue Planet nature documentary. Described as the first-ever comprehensive series on the natural history of the world’s oceans, it was b…

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The Handmaid’s Tale

Reviewed by Lian Hingee

Hulu’s elegantly produced adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s book of the same name, The Handmaid’s Tale has won a slew of awards, including the Golden Globe for Best Television Series and the Emmy for O…

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Ali’s Wedding

Reviewed by Sharon Peterson

I go to the cinema quite regularly, but for some reason I overlooked Ali’s Wedding. I probably wouldn’t have picked it up on DVD either, except that I agreed to do our DVD buyer a favour and write th…

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Kedi

Reviewed by Amanda Rayner

‘Kedi’ is the Turkish word for cat and an ideal title for this documentary by director Ceyda Torun, which focuses on the cats of Istanbul. Thousands of cats roam the city streets; one of the strength…

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Prime Suspect 1973

Reviewed by Suzanne Steinbruckner

It’s very satisfying to go back in time and watch the origin story of a character you’ve come to know well from a long-running series. In Prime Suspect 1973, that’s exactly what happens, as newcomer …

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The Salesman

Reviewed by Stella Charls

With The Salesman, acclaimed writer-director Asghar Farhadi offers up another analytical yet deeply empathetic film about modern Iranian society under a repressive regime. Here, as with his previous …

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Big Little Lies

Reviewed by Jo Case

Fantasy dreamscape flashes to nightmare, and back again, in the HBO limited series Big Little Lies, based on Liane Moriarty’s bestselling novel and masterfully directed by Jean-Marc Valee (Wild). Eve…

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Witnesses: Season 2

Reviewed by Lou Fulco

Let’s call this latest offering from the French what it really is: another superior piece of crime television. Interpret it as the next chapter of Nordic Noir if you must, but don’t forget that Franc…

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River: Season 1

Reviewed by Lou Fulco

SPOILER ALERT… Fifteen minutes into British crime drama River and you are hooked.

River (Stellan Skarsgard) and his partner ‘Stevie’ (Nicola Walker) discuss the virtues of singing out loud and relea…

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