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Film Reviews by Calum Maclean

The Death of Stalin – film review by Calum Maclean

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Directed by Armando Ianucci Screenplay by Armando Ianucci, David Schneider, Ian Martin and Peter Fellows Based on The Death Of Stalin by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin Cast – Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Jeffrey Tambor, Michael Palin, Jason Isaacs, Andrea Riseborough, Rupert Friend, Paul Whitehouse, Adrian Mcloughlin, Olga Kurylenko, Paddy Considine Running Time – […]

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T2 Trainspotting review by Calum Maclean

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T2 Trainspotting Directed by Danny Boyle Written by John Hodge Adapted from Trainspotting and Porno by Irvine Welsh Cast – Ewan McGregor, Ewan Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle Running Time – 117 minutes Though it’s only January, it’s hard to imagine another film arriving with a greater mix of anticipation and apprehension this year. […]

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Moonlight, Written and Directed by Barry Jenkins – review by Calum Maclean

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Moonlight Written and Directed by Barry Jenkins Based on In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney Cast – Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders, Alex Hibbert, André Holland, Jharrel Jerome, Jaden Piner, Janelle Monae, Naomie Harris, Mahershala Ali and Patrick Decile Running Time – 110 Minutes Hotly tipped to be one of next year’s […]

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A Night of Horror Podcast review by Calum Maclean

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A Night of Horror is a new podcast series produced in Scotland by Kathleen Kidd. The series consists of six short episodes so far, with more planned for the New Year. Each episode tells a macabre short story, building an unnerving atmosphere with committed vocal performances from the cast and a subtly eerie score.    Fans […]

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The Fog of Srebrenica review by Calum Maclean

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The Fog of Srebrenica Filmed, Directed and Produced by Samir Mehanović Edited by Laura Carreira Music Composed by Nigel Osborne The Fog of Srebrenica is a powerful new documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Samir Mehanović, telling the story of one of the most horrific acts of genocide in the later twentieth century. Using testimony from witnesses […]

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Sid and Nancy 30th Anniversary Edition, Film Review by Calum Maclean

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Sid and Nancy 30th Anniversary Edition Directed by Alex Cox Written by Alex Cox & Abbe Wool Cast – Gary Oldman, Chloe Webb, David Hayman, Debby Bishop, Andrew Schofield, Courtney Love, Xander Berkeley, Perry Benson, Tony London, Barbara Coles, Iggy Pop & Kathy Burke Alex Cox’s 1986 depiction of the life, love, and self-destruction of […]

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Star Trek Beyond review by Calum Maclean

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Star Trek Beyond Directed by Justin Lin Written by Simon Pegg & Doug Jung Cast – Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Sofia Boutella & Idris Elba Star Trek Beyond is the third in the J.J Abram’s produced reboot series and, like its predecessors, is enjoyable, totally […]

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Ghostbusters (2016) review by Calum Maclean

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Ghostbusters (2016)Directed by Paul FiegWritten by Katie Dippold & Paul FiegCast – Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth, Charles Dance, Michael Kenneth Williams, Cecily Strong, Andy Garcia, Matt Walsh, Neil Casey, Ed Begley Jr, Zach Woods The first trailer for this reboot of the 1984 original was the most disliked in […]

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Elvis & Nixon – film review by Calum Maclean

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Elvis & NixonCertificate 15Directed by Liza JohnsonWritten by Joey Sagal, Hanala Sagal and Cary ElwesCast – Michael Shannon, Kevin Spacey, Alex Pettyfer, Colin Hanks, Evan Peters, Tate Donovan, Sky Ferreira and Johnny Knoxville One of the strangest meetings of twentieth century cultural figures is the inspiration for this slight yet enjoyable film. On December 21 […]

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The Nice Guys film review by Calum Maclean

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The Nice GuysWritten by Shane Black and Anthony BagarozziDirected by Shane BlackCast – Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice, Matt Bomer, Margaret Qualley, Keith David and Kim BasingerRunning Time 116 minutes After watching The Nice Guys I’ve come to the conclusion that Shane Black should direct movies more often. As a screenwriter he created the […]

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Where You’re Meant To Be review by Calum Maclean

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Where You’re Meant To Be  Directed by Paul Fegan  Cast – Aidan Moffatt, Sheila Stewart Running Time – 76 minutes Due to be released on June 17, Where You’re Meant To Be is a funny and deeply poignant documentary exploring the conflict between tradition and innovation in the arts.  Through the efforts of former Arab […]

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Sing Street – review by Calum Maclean

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Sing StreetWritten and Directed by John CarneyCast – Ferdia Walsh–Peelo, Lucy Boynton, Jack Reynor, Aiden Gillen, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Don Wycherley, Ben Carolan, Mark McKenna, Percy Chamburuka, Conor Hamilton, Kelly Thornton, Karl Rice, Ian Kenny and Lydia McGuinessRunning time 105 minutes There is a moment in John Carney’s Sing Street where one character tells another […]

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The Jungle Book – review by Calum Maclean

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The Jungle BookDirected by Jon FavreauScreenplay by Justin MarksCast – Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Walken, Giancarlo EspositoRunning Time – 105 minutes I went into this one with a bit of scepticism.  The 1967 Disney animation has always been one of my favourite musicals, with its iconic […]

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Eye in the Sky film review by Calum Maclean

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Eye in the SkyDirected by Gavin HoodWritten by Guy Hibbert Cast – Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman, Aaron Paul, Barkhad Abdi, Jeremy Northam, Ian Glen, Pheobe Fox and Aisha TakowRunning Time – 102 minutes At this time of year, with the saturation of superhero franchises and big budget Disney remakes, it’s easy to overlook a smaller, […]

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Room – film review by Calum Maclean

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Directed by Lenny Abrahamson Cast – Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen, Sean Bridgers and William H. Macy Running time – 118 minutes The difficulty in recommending Room, which I absolutely do, is that part of the enjoyment comes from a sense of mystery.  In my opinion this is a film best enjoyed with as […]

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10 Cloverfield Lane – review by Calum Maclean

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Directed by Dan Trachtenberg Cast – Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman, John Gallagher Jr Running Time – 103 Minutes The film opens with Michelle, (played brilliantly by Winstead), leaving her boyfriend after what he describes as a ‘fight’.  Driving down a long road in rural Louisiana, listening to radio reports of a series of blackouts […]

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Spotlight – film review by Calum Maclean

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Directed by Tom McCarthy Cast – Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Brian d’Arcy James, Stanley Tucci, Billy Crudup and an uncredited voice cameo from Richard Jenkins. Arguably the biggest surprise of the 88th Academy Awards was the Best Picture victory for Spotlight.  The film had already secured Best Original Screenplay, […]

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