Tag: Michael Fassbender

Alien: Covenant (2017)
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Alien: Covenant (2017)

Set ten years after the events of Prometheus, the sixth entry in the Alien franchise (I refuse to count Alien vs Predator and AVP: Requiem) finds us on-board the Covenant on an intergalactic IVF mission. After a freak accident jolts the crew out of cryosleep, a signal from an inhabitable […]

SXSW 2017 – Song to Song (2017)
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SXSW 2017 – Song to Song (2017)

Famously reclusive and sparing in his output, Terrence Malick used to be the mercurial auteur prototype. It helped that his small canon proved worthy of all the extravagant praise thrown its way. Then he suddenly stepped the productivity up; a move creating initial delight that has faded under the tedium […]

SXSW Film Festival 2017 Preview
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SXSW Film Festival 2017 Preview

The annual mid-March South by Southwest (better known as SXSW) shindig has just about everything going for it. Taking place in hip Austin, it’s perhaps best known as a musical festival, but the film portion has grown in importance as the years roll by, premiering exciting new releases from big […]

Assassin’s Creed (2016)
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Assassin’s Creed (2016)

Everybody knows that movies based on video games have, at best, a ropey reputation. Yet even after Warcraft became the most recent title to disappoint, all eyes immediately turned to Assassin’s Creed hoping it would be the exception to the rule. There were reasons to be optimistic: not only is […]

The Light Between Oceans (2016)
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The Light Between Oceans (2016)

Beware babes in boats I’m wondering when it’s going to dawn on somebody that the touted new Swedish-born star Alicia Vikander has terrible diction. She’s mumbling and whispering again in the emotionally overwrought The Light Between Islands, in which Tom (Michael Fassbender) is a shell-shocked World War I vet who […]

TIFF 2016 – Five Things We’ve Learned
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TIFF 2016 – Five Things We’ve Learned

We watch films for fun but pure entertainment isn’t all they’re good for. Sometimes they even teach a thing or two. Now the 41st edition of the Toronto International Film Festival has drawn to a close, here are the top five lessons to take away: 1. The RAF needs to […]

TIFF 2016 – Trespass Against Us (2016)
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TIFF 2016 – Trespass Against Us (2016)

Michael Fassbender has been a lot of things in his career. From androids to demented slave owners, sex addicts and paedophiles, he doesn’t mind taking on a challenge. Chameleon that he is, his turn in Trespass Against Us still comes as something of a surprise. Adam Smith’s debut feature casts […]

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
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X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

In 2004, Bryan Singer left the X-Men franchise in favour of the ill-fated Superman Returns, which resulted in Fox terminating his production contract and Brett Ratner signing up to direct the lacklustre X-Men: The Last Stand. 12 years on, Singer reunites with screenwriter Simon Kinberg to release the threequel fans […]

Interview with Macbeth director Justin Kurzel
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Interview with Macbeth director Justin Kurzel

To celebrate the DVD and blu-ray release this week of the acclaimed Macbeth, we have an exclusive interview with its Palme d’Or nominated (in 2015) director Justin Kurzel. In the interview Justin candidly discusses, amongst other things, the cast and his reasons for taking on Shakespeare… Macbeth was released on […]

LONDON 2015 – Steve Jobs (2015)
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LONDON 2015 – Steve Jobs (2015)

In 2013, US screenwriter Joshua Michael Stern directed Ashton Kutcher in a biopic about former Apple CEO Steve Jobs.  Met with lacklustre reviews, it has been dismissed as ‘the biggest, flashiest piece of fan fiction’ by a former Apple employee.  Now, Trainspotting director Danny Boyle and Social Network screenwriter Aaron […]