Film review: ‘DARK WATERS’ by Nick Gardener from ‘Built For Speed’

Based on real events, legal drama Dark Waters starring Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway and Tim Robbins is a potent and vital (if occasionally clichéd) David and Goliath story that resonates with today’s ever-increasing concerns about the liveability of our environment. The film exposes some of the sinister chemicals that fill the modern world and the powerful corporate forces that put

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Film review: ‘AVENGERS: ENDGAME’ by Nick Gardener from ‘Built For Speed’

After 11 years and a seemingly endless procession of ear drum and eyeball pummelling films, the first phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes to a close with the three-hour behemoth Avengers: Endgame. This collision of superhero action flick, high-tech sci-fi film, Tolkienesque fantasy epic and pompous Wagnerian myth has so far received reviews verging on the orgasmic with some

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Film review: SPOTLIGHT, from ‘Built For Speed’

Spotlight depicts the Boston Globe newspaper’s 2001 inquiry into allegations of child sexual abuse by members of Boston’s Catholic clergy. As a detailed dramatisation of a major piece of investigative journalism, Spotlight follows in the esteemed tradition of films like Zodiac and All the President’s Men. The film reveals how, in 2001, the Globe’s newly-appointed Chief Editor, Marty Baron (Liev

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Film review: THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, from ‘Built For Speed’

Avengers: Age of Ultron is the 11th Marvel comics cinema adaptation and the series is feeling a little tired.  The first Iron Man and Avengers films cleverly balanced dynamic action with cheeky humour and an inventive vision of futuristic technology but the many Marvel superhero films that have followed, including Age of Ultron, have, unfortunately, become tiresome and infuriatingly cluttered

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