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: “A Subject Struck With Gold” – ‘Life In the Doghouse’ (2018)

To begin with, I will admit, with a heavy heart: Life In The Doghouse is not an outstanding documentary. The film finds itself abiding to a generic documentary style that does not make heads turn. However, and I cannot stress this enough, Life In The Doghouse has struck gold with its subject. Danny and Ron’s…

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REVIEW: “Say No to the Dress!” – ‘In Fabric’ (2019)

What if the dress fits too well to say no? This is precisely what happens in Peter Strickland’s horror-comedy In Fabric. A beautiful red dress with a deadly curse is passed from person to person during the department store, Dentley & Stoper’s, busy winter season. The film centers the story of Sheila (Marianne Jean-Baptiste), who…

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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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REVIEW: “A Perfectly Fine Experience” – ‘Dating After College’ (2019)

For any Asian-American growing up in the 2000s to early 2010s, Wong Fu Productions was almost required viewing. Before films like Crazy Rich Asians or To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before hit our screens, Wong Fu Productions’ YouTube channel was one of the only places where we could see ourselves represented as something other…

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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: “One of the Strongest Directorial Debuts in History” – ‘Booksmart’ (2019)

Some films are filled with kinetic energy that has you leaving the theatre full of life. Something that hits a raw nerve deep down that only the truly greats know how to exploit. Olivia Wilde’s Booksmart does just that. She has filled her film with so much comedy and heart that it will last as…

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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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BFI FLARE REVIEW: “A Reminder That Everyone Needs a Little Bit of Faith” – ‘Tucked’ (2019)

A reminder that “everyone needs a little bit of Faith.” There may not be a more wonderful way to start a film than the iconic first notes of Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I Will Survive.’ Tucked immediately shows Jackie (Derren Nesbitt) commanding the stage in a sky-high wig and stunning frock miming to the song. Jackie is…

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‘Captain Marvel’ (2019): Getting Back Up Again

WARNING: This article contains very mild spoilers for Captain Marvel. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been watching Marvel films since I was a kid. The first film I can vividly remember watching was Thor with my Dad, just on the off chance it was on, and being completely suckered into this fantastical whirlwind…

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