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Review: L7: Pretend We’re Dead, Doc’n Roll Film Fest, HOME, Manchester

May 31, 2018 Comments Off on Review: L7: Pretend We’re Dead, Doc’n Roll Film Fest, HOME, Manchester

In recent years, the music documentary seems to have come into its own, germinating out between the paving stone formula of talking head hindsight and nostalgia, proliferating like weeds of unexpected empathy and wasteland beauty.

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Jaws in Concert, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Review: Jaws in Concert, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

April 10, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Jaws in Concert, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

There’s trouble in the water for the residents of Amity Island as swimmers are picked apart by a great white shark.

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Ghost Stories

Film Review: Ghost Stories

April 9, 2018 Comments Off on Film Review: Ghost Stories

An interesting thing can happen when a genre has been around long enough to acquire fans.

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Film Review: Have a Nice Day

April 7, 2018 Comments Off on Film Review: Have a Nice Day

Have a Nice Day is something of an oddity.

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Film Review: Ready Player One

March 26, 2018 Comments Off on Film Review: Ready Player One

Are computer games just for kids?

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Review: Suffragette, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

March 15, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Suffragette, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

Manchester was the birthplace of the women’s suffrage movement so it was fitting that, on International Women’s Day, in the centenary of the first women to be given the vote (but only those over 30, mind, and if they owned property), the Pankhurst Trust held a special showing of the 2015 film Suffragette.

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Luo Wei, Wave Transmitter, install at CFCCA NOW show, image courtesy of on the brink studio

Review: NOW – A dialogue on female Chinese contemporary artists, CFCCA and HOME, Manchester

February 25, 2018 Comments Off on Review: NOW – A dialogue on female Chinese contemporary artists, CFCCA and HOME, Manchester

There’s an old saying in China that ‘women hold up half the sky’.

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Film Review: The Post

February 7, 2018 Comments Off on Film Review: The Post

You may well blanch at the thought of yet another Hollywood ‘based on a true story’ film whose needle is stuck in the vinyl of JFK, LBJ, Vietnam, Watergate, Nixon etc etc – that endless broken record the Americans play while they gaze into the grubby bits of their political navels.

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The Last Jedi

Film Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

December 18, 2017 Comments Off on Film Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Just two Christmasses ago, the prospect of a new Star Wars film felt like a gob-smacking novelty.

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Film Review: Paddington 2

November 16, 2017 Comments Off on Film Review: Paddington 2

Three years ago, when the first Paddington feature film was released, expectations were seriously low.

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