Film review: ‘QUEEN AND SLIM’, by Nick Gardener from ‘Built For Speed’

The touching and highly relevant romantic crime drama Queen and Slim reworks the Thelma and Louise ‘couple on the run’ story to incorporate the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement. In a scenario that could have been plucked from recent headlines, Tinder dating African American couple, defence attourney, Queen (Jodie Turner-Smith) and the unassuming Slim (Daniel Kaluuya) are pulled over while driving

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

Jane Austen’s comedy of manners, Emma set the template for today’s romantic comedy/dramas and even inspired teen films like Clueless. The latest cinema adaptation of Austen’s much-loved 1815 novel, starring Anna Taylor-Joy, Johnny Flynn and Bill Nighy, is an enjoyably spirited romp that again reveals why Emma is such an enduring story. Emma Woodhouse is introduced as ‘handsome, clever and

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Film review: MY COUSIN RACHEL, by Nick Gardener from ‘Built For Speed’

Based on the Daphne Du Maurier novel, My Cousin Rachel is a period melodrama with a touch of Hitchcockian mystery. While well-performed by an impressive cast that includes Sam Claflin and Rachel Weisz, the film’s minimalist plot, leisurely pacing and odd tonal shifts make it a slightly unsatisfying experience. Sam Claflin plays young English country gent Phillip Ashley who, since

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