Film & TV reviews

Utopia: Season 2

Reviewed by Elke Power

If you watched the first season of Utopia, you probably have high expectations for the second. If you haven’t seen the show before, but are familiar with the uncannily accurate and hilarious 90s news…

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The Legacy: Season 2

Reviewed by Jason Austin

If you’ve not yet watched the first season of The Legacy, and I thoroughly recommend that you do, I would suggest you turn away now as there are spoilers coming.

The legacy that gives this family dr…

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House of Cards: Season 3

Reviewed by Marie Matteson

House of Cards Season 3 begins not at Episode 1 but at Chapter 27. It has become apparent that House of Cards is not a show structured season by season, but rather as a grand morality play, and we ar…

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That Sugar Film

Reviewed by Stella Charls

Australian actor Damon Gameau’s documentary opens with the sweetest montage I’ve ever seen. Colourful lollies, bright bottles of soft-drink, the rainbow displays that line our supermarket shelves. Th…

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Orange is the New Black: Season 2

Reviewed by Marie Matteson

Set in a fictional American women’s minimum security prison (Litchfield), the arrival of Orange is the New Black garnered a lot of well-deserved praise for its portrayal of women so rarely seen in TV…

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Small is Beautiful

Reviewed by Stella Charls

It feels like we’re experiencing a golden age of indie documentary filmmaking. Thanks to crowdfunding and streaming services, we’re spoilt for choice as viewers, yet while this staggering array of vo…

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The Witnesses

Reviewed by Lou Fulco

With all the excitement and press favouring the new wave of Nordic noir that seems to run in endless supply onto our shelves, it is easy to understand how many wonderful series from other European na…

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Nightcrawler

Reviewed by Stella Charls

The first thing you notice about Lou Bloom is his face. As Nightcrawler’s anti-hero, Jake Gyllenhaal’s physical transformation is striking – gaunt and vascular, with wide, sunken eyes and an eerily t…

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Advanced Style

Reviewed by Emily Harms

Ari Seth Cohen started his blog, Advanced Style, when he moved to New York four years ago. Inspired by his own grandmother’s unique personal style and the impossible-to-ignore ‘gorgeous and stylish w…

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The Fall: Season 2

Reviewed by Marie Matteson

The second series of The Fall picks up 10 days after the end of series one, so if you haven’t seen that I’ll wait while you go and watch 5 hours of absorbing, glacial darkness.

A crime drama revolvi…

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