Supersonic

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For a brief couple of years, Oasis defined the music of the mid 1990s. Arrogance, swagger and controversy were constant companions, but their music struck such a chord within the UK and beyond, that for a while, they were simply untouchable.

Supersonic turns the spotlight on these early years, from their first single in 1994 to culminating in arguably their pinnacle moment: the 1996 sell-out shows at Knebworth, where they played to over 250,000 fans. This was a key moment in the band’s career, as for once, a flicker of self-doubt crept in – could they really sell out such an iconic venue, twice?  In the end, two and a half million people, almost 4% of the UK population, applied for tickets and if they had wanted to, Oasis could have played sold out shows for a week. (more…)

The Light Between Oceans

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The Light Between Oceans is a sweeping and at times weepy drama, based on the 2012 Australian book of the same name by M.L. Stedman, her debut novel. This post-World War I story focuses on a lighthouse keeper (Michael Fassbender) and his wife (Alicia Vikander) who rescue and then raise a baby they discover adrift in a rowing boat. The lighthouse provides safety and solace to all, though this disappears when the family is recalled to the mainland. (more…)

Captain Fantastic

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Captain Fantastic takes us deep into the forests of the US Pacific Northwest, where Ben (Viggo Mortensen) and Leslie (Trin Miller) have, for the last decade, been living off the grid in self-imposed isolation and raising their six children how they see fit. However, after tragedy strikes, the family are forced out of the forest and confront the world they have been hiding from, which leads to an engrossing and enthralling drama centred on what happens when idealism crashes into reality. (more…)

Sully (2016)

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A lot can happen in 208 seconds. And this is how long it took Captain Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger (Tom Hanks), to successfully land his US Airways flight 1549 on New York’s Hudson River, after losing both engines to multiple bird strikes just after take-off, and saving all 155 passengers and crew on board.

Interestingly, Sully is being marketed as the feel-good movie of the year and while the through line is rightly one of celebration, Clint Eastwood, directing in his usual minimalist style, chooses to focus the majority of the film on events after the landing, where it is clear that Sully is feeling pretty far from good.
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War Dogs (2016)

  • Director – Todd Phillips
  • Starring – Jonah Hill, Miles Tellar & Ana de Armas
  • Writer – Stephen Chin, Todd Phillips & Jason Smilovic (screenplay).  Guy Lawson – Rolling Stone article “Arms and the Dudes’
  • Year – 2016
  • Running Time – 114 mins

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In 2004’s Old School, director Todd Phillips brought us the outrageous Frank the Tank streaking his way through the night.  This time round it’s a very different kind of tank in Phillips’ latest offering, War Dogs, a black comedy about bullets, bros and bazookas.

Following in the footsteps of the far superior The Big Short, War Dogs is another film to take comedic aim at greed, those who profit from instability and, in this case, actually reap the spoils of war.  While not entirely successful, it is an interesting departure from the recent Hangover trilogy and does succeed in being Phillips’ most accomplished movie to date. (more…)