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Alicia Vikander

Tulip Fever (2017)

Internet critics have exaggerated: Tulip Fever is not a lifeless flop. It is imperfect, occasionally uncomfortable, but not disastrous. Although the film does not reach its full potential, its qualities, which consist of that potential,…

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…

Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words

Hollywood is and always has been, a hypocritical place. From it’s earliest days the all powerful studio bosses put out an image of their stars as wholesome, clean living, family people, who’s sole purpose was to bring entertainment and fun…

Jason Bourne (2016)

The Bourne continuation He's back, and it's not even necessary to add anything to his name. "Jason Bourne" is enough. After nine years off, and Tony Gilroy's able but rather dispiriting 2014 spin-off, Damon has donned the mantle again.…

Jason Bourne

It's been almost 15 years since we first saw Matt Damon figure out his identity while beating up lots of people in the fantastic 2002 action thriller The Bourne Identity. That film was followed by two sequels, and THEN we also got The…

Ex Machina (2015)

Put this in your search engine and smoke it Ex Machina takes up the perennial topic of artificial intelligence. And it throws in other themes: a slaves' revolt, digs at über-rich CEO's and über-nerds whose brilliance verges on autism,…

Up for a challenge

Never let it be said that 'man of the moment' Eddie Redmayne isn't up for a challenge.  Hardly has the dust settled on the young Brit's critically acclaimed portrayal of the theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking in the award…

Ex Machina (2015)

Since writing Dredd in 2012, novelist and screenwriter Alex Garland has been pretty quiet. After novels such as The Beach and The Coma, he moved his creative efforts to the big screen, writing the screenplays for Danny Boyle films 28 Days…

Testament of Youth (2014)

Similar to last year’s The Railway Man, the awards season wouldn't be complete without a war epic.  Originally slated to be released as part of the UK’s World War I celebrations, the adaptation of the first installment of Vera Brittain’s…