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: BERLIN SYNDROME, by Nick Gardener from ‘Built For Speed’

Cate Shortland’s latest film, Berlin Syndrome may have young travellers reconsidering that planned European backpacking holiday. Here, Teresa Palmer plays Clare, a troubled and reserved young Australian woman backpacking in Berlin. After spending a night with a seemingly nice young German teacher, Andi (Max Riemelt) at his isolated apartment, she awakes the next morning to find he has locked her

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Film review: SPLIT, from ‘Built For Speed’

Director M. Night Shyamalan made his name with twist-laden Twilight Zone-esque supernatural thrillers such as the Sixth Sense and Unbreakable. These cleverly constructed and visually distinctive films saw him labelled a wunderkind and for a while each new film was greeted with enormous expectation. Unfortunately, his films became progressively worse with thin plots leading to increasingly implausible or anti-climactic twists…and

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Film review: 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE, from ‘Built For Speed’

The question has plagued the internet for months, is 10 Cloverfield Lane a sequel to JJ Abrams’ breakthrough 2008 movie Cloverfield? With a marketing campaign offering tantalising snippets of footage, the film has already had movie fans salivating with expectation. This film is a minefield of spoilers so to reveal too much about the plot would be unfair. This does,

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Film review: NON-STOP, from Built For Speed

Liam Neeson’s latest film Non-stop will no doubt have had action junkies salivating. The no-nonsense title and a poster that features Neeson blasting away with a pistol in the middle of an aeroplane cabin, suggests a Taken-style parade of relentless and mindless action.  Those who delight in cinematic carnage may, however, be slightly peeved to discover that, aside from a

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