‘Mean Girls’ – 15 years on and still ‘Fetch’

The endlessly quotable Mean Girls (Dir. Mark Waters, 2004) celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. From sleepover institution to cult-classic, the gaudy fashion, clever one liners, and that rendition of ‘Jingle Bell Rock’, is ingrained in the minds of every teen of the noughties. As fresh as ever, the comedy only gets more ‘fetch’ with…

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Best Of 2019 So Far – Emily Gett

As we are halfway through 2019 already, the team at Flip Screen asked us to pick our top five releases of this year. For me it wasn’t too much of a hard choice as there has been some stand-outs this year already! Notable mentions that have just missed the mark include the ridiculously good John…

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REVIEW: “Refrains From Re-Treading Old Ground” – ‘Toy Story 4’ (2019)

In Toy Story 4, the toys are on a road trip with their new owner Bonnie, who we met at the end of the last film. Out of the whole gang, Bonnie’s most beloved toy is Forky, a toy she made from bits of old rubbish during her kindergarten orientation day. Forky is extremely nervous,…

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REVIEW: “The Ultimate Feel-Good Romantic Comedy” – ‘Always Be My Maybe’ (2019)

Always Be My Maybe is the ultimate feel-good romantic comedy. It may be a little cheesy at times but it is full of charm, and does wonders for representation by showcasing a realistic Asian-American relationship at its core. Sasha Tran (Ali Wong) is a successful celebrity chef, not-so-happily engaged to a handsome older man, and…

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SUNDANCE REVIEW:”A Glossy, Well Put Together Comedy” – Late Night (2019)

Late Night is a glossy, well put together comedy, but it’s slick Hollywood outer shell shouldn’t be mistaken for conventionality. Mindy Kaling’s signature quirky humour, and the underlying commentary about minorities working in the entertainment industry, keep the film fresh and relevant. Emma Thompson plays Katherine Newbury, the host of a late night talk show…

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SUNDANCE REVIEW: “A Story Told With Complete Honesty” – ‘The Farewell’ (2019)

Billi (Awkwafina), a young Chinese-American woman living in New York, finds out that her beloved Nai Nai (Shuzhen Zhao) is dying of cancer back in China, and that her family has chosen to keep the woman in the dark about her condition. To give the family an excuse to spend time with their grandmother before…

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REVIEW: “Honest Depiction of Grief With Hilarious Performances” – Thunder Road (2019)

Jim Cummings’ writes, directs and acts for his debut feature film Thunder Road, expanded from his award winning short of the same name. The story follows police officer Jim Arnaud (Jim Cummings), who we are introduced to bearing all with a very personal, and unusual eulogy at his mother’s funeral. Jim is downtrodden by life,…

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REVIEW: “Lacks Lightness and Humour” – ‘Detective Pikachu’ (2019)

Based on the trading cards and video games that caused a global sensation, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu welcomes fans to Ryme City, a bustling metropolis where both humans and Pokémon live together in harmony. After the sudden supposed death of his father, young insurance salesman Tim Goodman (Justice Smith) travels to the city where he meets…

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REVIEW: “Falling victim to the pitfall of ‘style over substance’” – ‘Mid 90’s’ (2019)

Falling victim to the pitfall of ‘style over substance’, Jonah Hill’s directorial debut pays so much attention to getting the aesthetics correct that character development and plot suffer and are pushed to the side-lines.

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REVIEW: “Genuinely Unnerving Without Taking Itself Too Seriously” – ‘Greta’ (2019)

A naïve young girl named Frances (Chloë Grace Moretz) finds a lost handbag on the subway, and against her roommates warnings takes it to the address found on a driver’s licence in the bag. The bag belongs to a lonely widow named Greta Hideg (Isabelle Huppert), and the two strike up an unlikely friendship, bonded…

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