Film Review: Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

Based on Ted Bundy‘s former girlfriend Elizabeth Kendall‘s memoir, The Phantom Prince: My Life with Ted Bundy, and directed by Joe Berlinger, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is told from Kendall’s point of view as she refused for years to acknowledge that her boyfriend was a serial killer. Following the courtroom frenzy that ensued in 1970s America, headed by Judge Edward Cowart (John Malkovich), the film tells the story of when Kendall, then a young single mother (Lily Collins), met Bundy (Zac Efron) whilst he was studying law. Bundy soon became famous for committing several heinous crimes against women, despite her disbelief.

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Film Review: Avengers – Endgame

The 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and the fourth Avengers film, following on from last year’s Infinity War and once again directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Avengers: Endgame picks up with the surviving members of the Avengers and their allies – including Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), War Machine (Don Cheadle), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), Nebula (Karen Gillan), and Rocket (Bradley Cooper) – as they must work together to reverse the damage caused by Thanos (Josh Brolin). and restore order to the universe once and for all, no matter what consequences may be in store.

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Book Review: Peter Green And The Unliving Academy

Written by Angelina Allsop, Peter Green And The Unliving Academy follows a 14-year-old boy who can’t remember how he died. All he has are his pyjamas, a silk tie, and a one-way bus ticket to Mrs Battisworth’s Academy and Haven for Unliving Boys and Girls, a strange and spooky school for dead orphans like himself. The Unliving Academy has everything, from vampires in the hallways, to monsters in the cafeteria, to ghosts in the basement. And that’s just the teachers; the students are far stranger.

As Pete learns to fit in with his new supernatural schoolmates, he starts to discover his own uniquely undead abilities and even begins enjoying his life after death. But he just can’t shake the feeling that he’s forgotten something (or somebody!) important. Somebody he left behind in the land of the living. Somebody he loved very much. Somebody who’s in terrible danger.

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Book Review: The Wife Between Us

“I was happy, I think, but I wonder now if my memory is playing tricks on me. If it is giving me the gift of an illusion. We all layer them over our remembrances; the filters through which we want to see our lives.”

Written by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, The Wife Between Us is a 2018 thriller that follows a jealous ex-wife who is obsessed with her replacement, a younger woman set to marry the man she loves. But not all is at it seems in this twisted and manipulating story. Exposing the secret complexities of an enviable marriage and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love, your assumptions will all be proven wrong when Nellie and Vanessa finally come face to face.

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Film Review: Serenity

Directed by Steven Knight, Serenity follows Baker Dill (Matthew McConaughey), a fishing boat captain who leads tours off a tranquil, tropical enclave called Plymouth Island. He lives a quiet, sheltered life, which is soon shattered when his ex-wife, Karen (Anne Hathaway), tracks him down with a desperate plea for help. She begs Dill to save her and their young son from her new, violent husband, Frank (Jason Clarke). She offers him $10 million to take him out to sea on a fishing excursion and to throw him to the sharks. Karen’s appearance thrusts Dill back into a life he’d tried to forget, and as he struggles between right and wrong, his world is plunged into a new reality that may not be all that it seems.

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Weekly Sky Cinema Premieres (4th – 10th March)

Since I don’t get to the cinema to see new releases that often anymore, this is my new weekly feature reviewing the latest releases on Sky Cinema Premiere (and in turn, Now TV). I will write a short review and rating for each of the films that I have watched and then give you the details for the ones that I didn’t get a chance to see.

Sky Cinema Premiere add a new film onto their channel every single day. This week’s feature sees the release of Fat Camp, Kissing Candice, Come Un Gatto In Tangenziale, Curvature, Jurassic World 2: Fallen Kingdom, Patrick, and Backstabbing For Beginners. Let’s have a look and see what’s worth watching this week.

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TV Review: Three Identical Strangers (Channel 4)

Aired in February 2019, Tim Wardle‘s documentary Three Identical Strangers follows three young men in 1980s New York, who were all adopted as six-month-old infants to separate parents in 1961. One day, they meet each other and find out they’re triplets who were separated at birth. But their quest to find out why turns into a bizarre and sinister mystery.

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TV Review: Louis Theroux – The Night in Question (BBC Two)

Aired on BBC Two in March 2019, The Night in Question sees Louis Theroux head to a number of US college campuses and come face-to-face with students accused of sexual assault. At the start of this journey, Louis meets a neuroscience major called Saif Khan, who has been accused of raping a fellow student. His university is investigating the claims separately, even though Saif has been found not guilty in a court of law. Louis also meets young women whose claims of sexual assault have previously fallen on deaf ears, but whose experiences are a powerful reminder that there is now a broader understanding of what sexual assault looks like.

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TV Review: Leaving Neverland (Channel 4)

Aired on Channel 4 in March 2019, Leaving Neverland sees the testimonies of two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who, now in their 30s, allege that they were sexually abused as children by the singer Michael Jackson. At the height of his stardom when he was 34 years old, Jackson began long-running relationships with two boys, aged 7 and 10 at the time, and their families. The documentary, directed and produced by the British filmmaker Dan Reed, premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and examines the effects on the boys and their families.

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