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

A strange mash-up of M Night Shyamalan’s better work and Meet the Parents, the socially perceptive, comedy-inflected horror film Get Out is an impressive directorial debut for Jordan Peel. Here, Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) is the boyfriend nervously heading to a first encounter with his girlfriend’s parents. He’s particularly anxious because his white girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) hasn’t mentioned to

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Film review: START TREK: BEYOND, ‘Built For Speed’

With their emphasis on cgi spectacle and their failure to reproduce the wonderful indelible characters and philosophical story lines that made the TV series (particularly the original and the Next Generation) such a success, the Star Trek reboot films have often been an empty experience. The latest instalment in the series, Star Trek: Beyond is much the same although a

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Film review: TOMORROWLAND, from ‘Built For Speed’

Tomorrowland, which stars George Clooney, Britt Robertson and Hugh Laurie is based on the Disneyland exhibit of the same name.  Adapting an amusement park concept to the big screen generally produces diabolical results; Pirates if the Caribbean anyone?  Tomorrowland is even more confused and convoluted than anything in the Pirates franchise but it is occasionally a visually spectacular sci-fi adventure.

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Film review: INSURGENT from ‘Built For Speed’

Insurgent is the second instalment in that other dystopian, post-apocalyptic young adult series, Divergent.  For those unfamiliar with the saga, it follows the standard template for the young adult adventure genre: sensitive but feisty teen girl Triss (Shailene Woodley) becomes a freedom fighter battling an oppressive government and it’s smug leader, the ice cold Jeanine (Kate Winslet) and hooks up

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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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