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12 Years A Slave Review

Adapted from Solomon Northup’s 1853 memoirs of the same name, 12 Years A Slave recounts his harrowing true story as a free man who is abducted and sold into slavery. He leads a pleasant life in New York with his family and it promises to be even better when he’s offered a lucrative job as a musician, but when Solomon wakes up in chains, his dark journey begins and Steve McQueen’s film never stops for breath. Continue reading 12 Years A Slave Review

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Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom Review

During the UK premiere of Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, a week after its US debut, news broke of Nelson Mandela’s death and people across the world united to mourn the loss of one of history’s greatest heroes. In a moment of impossible timing, Justin Chadwick’s adaptation of the late anti-apartheid revolutionary’s autobiography was transformed from a biopic into a eulogy. And it succeeds in this new context as a sentimental obituary that reminds audiences of the man and his achievements, unfortunately it fails to offer any fresh information that even the most casual viewer won’t know on their way in. Continue reading Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom Review

Lincoln Review

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It belongs to the ages

Steven Spielberg is a cinematic legend and his countless masterpieces have gripped audiences for over forty years. Whether it’s timeless children’s adventure films or visionary science fiction his productions have inspired countless filmmakers and conquered many genres. But the genre he is possibly most renowned for are historical epics. In the commemorative year of the emancipation proclamation Spielberg directs his biopic of President Abraham Lincoln.

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