Film review: LA LA LAND, from ‘Built For Speed’

La La Land is Whiplash director Damien Chazelle’s exhilarating homage to 1950’s musicals and the artists who struggle to make it in the dubious city of dreams that is LA.  Superbly crafted from its touching love story to its vibrant cinematography and sprightly musical numbers this is a cinematic experiment that works from beginning to end. Chazelle’s triumph is his

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Film review: BIRDMAN, from ‘Built For Speed’

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s idiosyncratic serio-comic take on the machinations of theatre, the decline of cinema and the fickleness of celebrity, Birdman, has been the toast of international film festivals meaning it has arrived on our shores carrying the weight of enormous expectation.  That sort expectation often leads to disappointment and that is to some extent the case here.  While this

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Film review: MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT, from Built For Speed

Magic in the Moonlight, the latest film from Woody Allen, is an engaging light-weight rom-com that explores familiar Woody Allen themes of existential angst, the search for life’s meaning and the curative power of fantasy and romance. Set in 1928, the film stars Colin Firth as misanthropic stage magician, self-proclaimed intellectual and avowed sceptic, Stanley who has earned acclaim for

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Film review: THE CROODS, from Built For Speed

The Croods is an animated film about a family of cave people which might sound like a thinly disguised rehash of The Flintstones but it’s actually a thinly disguised but very well made, rehash of most family-oriented animated films of the last few decades. The eponymous Croods are a prehistoric family whose lives are, not surprisingly, ruled by fear of

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