Film review: MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT, from Built For Speed

Magic in the Moonlight, the latest film from Woody Allen, is an engaging light-weight rom-com that explores familiar Woody Allen themes of existential angst, the search for life’s meaning and the curative power of fantasy and romance. Set in 1928, the film stars Colin Firth as misanthropic stage magician, self-proclaimed intellectual and avowed sceptic, Stanley who has earned acclaim for

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Film review: FADING GIGOLO, from Built For Speed

Fading Gigolo is the Woody Allen film you have when you don’t have a Woody Allen film.  Apart from an appearance by Woody himself, the film features a romanticised upscale New York setting, Jewish humour and cultural insights and jaunty jazz music all built around a quirky yet moving romance.  With its low-budget look and heavily filtered cinematography by Marco

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Film review: BLUE JASMINE, from Built For Speed

Following the disappointingly light and fluffy To Rome with Love, Woody Allen returns to form with Blue Jasmine, a confronting drama that explores the perils of downward mobility and self-delusion. Cate Blanchett, plays Jeanette or Jasmine French, a formerly wealthy Park Avenue snob who, as a result of her late husband Hal’s (Alec Baldwin) philandering and shifty business deals, has

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Film review: TO ROME WITH LOVE, from Built For Speed

After the wonderful nostalgic fantasy Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen’s European tour hits a major pothole with the uninspired To Rome with love.  This frothy, feather-light film features mostly unsympathetic characters in the midst of mild romantic dilemmas that are rarely interesting or funny. The film has four main story threads all of which examine the strange corrupting lure of

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