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Blackhat – Film Review

(Written for Filmoria)

If it hasn’t been nominated for an award, films released in during the early months of January and February can often get over-looked. Without some kind of nomination slapped on to the poster we’re unlikely to even give it a second thought. This is probably the reason why many films are given this release date in the first place; get it out of the way early, and maybe critics won’t catch on to what a flop it was.

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Ex Machina – Film Review

Written and directed by Alex Garland, Ex Machina follows a young programmer at an internet-search giant, Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), who is selected to participate in a breakthrough experiment in artificial intelligence, at the private mountain estate of the company’s reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). Caleb has been chosen to be the human component in a Turing Test, where he must evaluate the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan’s latest experiment, Ava (Alicia Vikander).

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The Babadook – DVD Review

Written and directed by Jennifer Kent, The Babadook centres on a single mother, Amelia (Essie Davis), who, plagued by the violent death of her husband, struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ six-year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman). With his fear that there’s a monster lurking in the house, after a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up mysteriously, Sam’s hallucinations spiral out of control. But Amelia soon discovers a sinister presence all around her, and it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.

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American Sniper – Film Review

Directed by Clint Eastwood and based on Chris Kyle‘s autobiography American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, with screenplay by Jason Hall, American Sniper stars Bradley Cooper as Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle. Kyle’s pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. But there was much more to this true American hero than his skill with a rifle. But upon returning home to his wife (Sienna Miller) and kids after four tours of duty, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.

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Foxcatcher – Film Review

Directed by Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher tells the peculiar true story of the greatest Olympic Wrestling Champion brother team, Mark (Channing Tatum) and David Schultz (Mark Ruffalo). As they train for the 1988 games in Seoul, the brothers join Team Foxcatcher, led by multimillionaire sponsor John du Pont (Steve Carell), in hope of receiving the best training and to change the face of wrestling as an Olympic sport. But their union isn’t quite as innocent as it once seemed, with the brothers’ suspicious union with Du Pont leading to unlikely circumstances.

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Birdman – Film Review

Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman follows a washed-up actor, Riggan (Michael Keaton), who once played an iconic superhero. Now, as he mounts a Broadway play, led by stars Lesley (Naomi Watts) and Mike (Edward Norton), in a bid to reclaim his past glory, he must overcome his ego and family troubles and get back on track with his life and career and fix the bond with his daughter Sam (Emma Stone).

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The Theory of Everything – Film Review

Directed by James Marsh, The Theory of Everything takes a look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) and his wife, Jane (Felicity Jones), and is in turn based on Jane’s memoir, Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of – time.

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