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FILM REVIEW – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

By John Fanning (Guest Writer)

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Based on John Le Carré’s novel of the same name, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is director Tomas Alfredson’s latest adaptation of a well-known book. In 2008, the Swede’s version of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s vampire horror story Let the Right One In achieved critical acclaim around the world, and with Tinker Tailor he seems certain to repeat that success. Alfredson is a master of context, his attention to detail effortlessly capturing the Zeitgeist. In Let the Right One In, he depicted the eerie isolation of a Stockholm suburb in the 1980s; in Tinker Tailor, he portrays the tiredness of 1970s Britain. This is a time of grey suits, typewriters and fallen empires, a world gripped by Cold War paranoia and political intrigue.

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FILM REVIEW – Arrietty

By Marty Mulrooney

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Arrietty is a Japanese animated film created by Studio Ghibli, based upon the 1952 novel The Borrowers by English author Mary Norton. It tells the story of Arrietty, a tiny little girl who lives with her mother and father beneath the floorboards of a house in western Tokyo. The film was released on the 17th July 2010 in Japan and was finally released in the UK on the 29th July 2011.

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FILM REVIEW – Kick-Ass

By Marty Mulrooney

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Kick-Ass is the latest in a long line of superhero flicks to hit the big screen. Based on the recent comic book series by Marvel (the film rights were actually sold before the comic went to print), I knew from the trailers it was going to be pretty insane. So I eagerly took my seat in anticipation of what would hopefully be a fresh spin on this often sadly formulaic genre.

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