Film review: ‘JULIET, NAKED’ by Nick Gardener from ‘Built For Speed’

Based on the Nick Hornby novel, the low-key but quirkily charming Juliet, Naked is, like many Nick Hornby stories, a gentle but insightful examination of romance and middle-aged male music obsession. Rose Byrne stars as Annie, a woman living in an English seaside town with her Media Studies lecturer boyfriend Duncan (Chris O’Dowd). Their relationship has been largely built around

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Film review: MAGGIE’S PLAN, from ‘Built For Speed’

Somewhere between endearingly quirky and irritatingly pretentious writer director Rebecca Miller’s Maggie’s Plan is the latest in what could be termed the alternative rom-com genre, a filmmaking style typified by the works of Noah Baumbach. It’s also part of that growing cinematic sub-genre, the Greta Gerwig film, in which Gerwig plays the lovably ditzy but still capable and philosophical young

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Film review: PREDESTINATION, from Built For Speed

The genesis of Predestination seems to have been a competition to come up with the most brain-twisting time travel story imaginable. Never has a film folded in on itself quite like Predestination.  Based on the Robert Heinlein short story All You Zombies and touching on other time travel and sci-fi films such as Looper, Time Cop and Minority Report, Predestination

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Film review: BEFORE MIDNIGHT, from Built For Speed

Amid the onslaught of chaotic, brain-pummelling effects-driven computer games posing as movies comes romantic drama Before Midnight, a film that actually relies on character development and intelligent dialogue. Before Midnight is the concluding chapter in the trilogy director Richard Linklater began in 1995 with the much-praised Before Sunrise.  That film saw itinerant American student Jessie (Ethan Hawke) and French student

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