Film & TV reviews

The Bridge: Season 3

Reviewed by Jason Austin

As with the last two seasons of this exemplary Swedish/Danish co-production, this third season of The Bridge opens with a puzzle in the form of a murder. This time, Helle Anker, the founder of the fi…

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War And Peace: Season 1

Reviewed by Marie Matteson

Tolstoy’s War and Peace is the classic of classics. Andrew Davies is perhaps the man most synonymous with adapting classics for the BBC. Davies brought us the yardstick by which every other Sunday ni…

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The Young Montalbano: Volume 2

Reviewed by Lou Fulco

It has been over three years since the first season of this brilliant Italian crime drama was made available, but the wait has been worth it. This new series was supervised by the writer of the origi…

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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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