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The Wolf of Wall Street Review

With a bright colour palette, brazen extravagance and lively soundtrack you’d be forgiven for expecting one of the most un-Scorsese-like films yet. While it’s certainly one of his most daring inventions, beneath the surface lays the familiar crime epic the great director made his name with. Continue reading The Wolf of Wall Street Review

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Killing Them Softly Review

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“I like to kill them softly, from a distance. Not close enough for feelings”

Andrew Dominik’s third feature film Killing Them Softly is a loose adaptation of George V Higgins’ 1974 novel Cogan’s Trade and follows enforcer Jackie Cogan who is hired to restore order after a robbery at a mob-protected card game causes the local criminal economy to collapse. For his neo-noir crime thriller Dominik reunites with Brad Pitt and frees himself from the shackles of popular cinema convention to deliver a visceral piece of Americana.

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Lawless Review

“I’m a Bondurant. We don’t lay down for nobody”.

Much like his famed western, The Proposition, Hillcoat’s latest film displaces the conventional setting of the genre. While his previous film presented Australian history with the genre codes of the traditional western, Lawless occurs decades after the typical western setting, but once again indirectly, but deliberately criticises America’s past. Continue reading Lawless Review