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Piranhas: Film Review

“I was never any good at football.” So says 15-year-old Nico (Francesco Di Napoli), when ageing Camorra boss, Don Vittorio (Renato Carpentieri) asks him why he doesn’t try to get rich through the ‘beautiful game,’ rather than the very ugly game of...

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Anywhere but Benidorm!

I never expected that we would buy a second home abroad and I never expected to write a book about it, but that is the joy of life’s journey. As one of my friends commented: “You have now exorcised the agony and the ecstasy of being a part-time...

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Sir Patrick Stewart and Katie Holmes in Life with Music

Life with Music: Film Review

I confess that, as a man well on the road to decrepitude, the thought that a charming, beautiful and much younger woman – say, Katie Holmes – might fall for me is an appealing fantasy. If ever I reach Sir Patrick Stewart’s age, even the...

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To the Stars

To The Stars: Film Review

To the Stars is an uplifting coming-of-age story from the producers of It Follows and Midnight Special. Martin Thomasson reviews: Small town Oklahoma at the dawn of the 1960s; no place for a wild child, no place for anybody with dreams they hope...

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Rosamund Pike as Marie Curie and Sam Riley as Pierre Curie in Radioactive, directed by Marjane Satrapi. Photo: Laurie Sparham.

Radioactive: Film Review

Radioactive is the Directorial brain child of Iranian-French filmmaker, Marjane Satrapi, known for her Oscar nomination for the 2007 phenomenon, Persepolis. It charts the life of Marie Curie (neé Marie Sklodowska). Marjane Satrapi didn’t appear to...


Kylo Ren’s restored helmet in STAR WARS: EPISODE IX. Lucasfilm Ltd. (c) 2019 ILM and Lucasfilm Ltd.

A Standing Ovation at the Cinema

Sometime in the mid-1970s I, and about 90% of a fair-sized crowd, got to our feet to applaud and then cheer, not a football match or a ‘live’ show, but a film. What’s more, this wasn’t Hollywood or a West End premiere. This was a matinee at the...