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Notebook Reviews: SPHERE

Barry Levinson – 1998. Sphere is an under-appreciated, but enjoyable science fiction film from director Barry Levinson. The first 3/4 of this big screen adaptation of Michael Crichton‘s novel is great stuff, but the film literally loses [...]

December 29, 2021

Uncovering Curiosities: Ed Zwick’s DEFIANCE

There have been a slew of holocaust dramas over the years which attempt to show the Second World War from different cinematic perspectives. For 2008’s Defiance, director Ed Zwick decided to focus on Jewish refugees fighting for their [...]

September 20, 2021

Remembering The Cinematic Atrocity That Is MOVIE 43

Movie 43  totally beefed-it at the box office during its theatrical release in 2013 but its $6 million budget mean that it tuned a profit after grossing $8.8 million at the US box office and $32.4 million globally. This comes despite a top tier [...]

August 17, 2020

Wes Anderson’s ISLE OF DOGS Isn’t Just For Kids

The general gist is that Movies In Focus are rarely does animation – but Wes Anderson‘s 2018 film Isle of Dogs is a mini-masterpiece Anderson’s stop-motion feature is a gem of a movie. It might be animated, but this exceptionally put [...]

July 7, 2020

Review: A RAINY DAY IN NEW YORK Is Woody Allen On Autopilot

A Rainy Day In New York is Woody Allen’s 48th film as writer-director and while it’s far from his best work, it does have a certain amount of zing to it. Not bad for a director who is now in his 85th year! Rainy Day In New York sees Gatsby [...]

May 30, 2020

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