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By Kirstie Dyke

Film: Alice in Wonderland

Starring: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham- Carter

Director: Tim Burton

Rating: *** 1/2

Fans of Lewis Carroll’s The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland will be disappointed; Tim Burton’s Alice is hardly recognisable from the ones who have gone before. Sure, there is a cake that makes Alice taller, a drink that makes Alice smaller and most of the much-loved characters remain (although I did notice the absence of my favourites, the Mock Turtle and the Duchess with her pig baby.) Read the rest of this entry »


Review by Jo Isaac

Film: Nowhere Boy

Starring: Aaron Johnson, Anne-Marie Duff, Kristin Scott Thomas.

Director: Sam Taylor-Wood

Rating: *****

As a major Beatles and John Lennon fan I was excited but a little apprehensive about the new film ‘Nowhere Boy’. The film documents around two of Lennon’s teenage years, and anyone who knows his story will be aware that it is a sad and sensitive tale that must be treated with great care by a film maker.

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By Emma Ede

Title: Watchmen

Director: Zack Snyder

Rating: ****

“Who watches the watchmen?”

Watchmen is the comic book adaptation that most comic book fans never thought would happen. It has been attempted numerous times, and had been judged un-filmable. That is, until Zack Snyder, following his work on 300, agreed to take the project on. Read the rest of this entry »

By Samantha Hilton

The award ceremonies were held within a few days of each other in February. Both events had good winners, but some people may think otherwise! Read the rest of this entry »

Title: Australia

Director: Baz Luhrmann 

Reviewed by Emma Ede   Rating: **** 

“Just because it is, doesn’t mean it should be.” 

When I saw the trailers for Australia, I didn’t think that it would be quite my cup of tea. With a running time of 165 minutes – that’s 2 hours, 45 minutes – I assumed that it would be more than a little long winded, for a film with a plot largely based, at least during the first half, around herding cattle. The trailer highlights the romance of the story as its main selling point. This, I think, is a flaw in the marketing.   Read the rest of this entry »

by James Bunyan

Rating:  **

Sean William-Scott, the famed Stiffler, hasn’t actually been in any good movies since the last American Pie, so there was a little hype for this latest comedy, which I was told, probably by a blind deaf guy, that it was great. Read the rest of this entry »

Australia  Director: Baz Luhrmann

Starring: Brandon Walters as Nullah; Nicole Kidman as Lady Sarah Ashley; Hugh Jackman as The Drover

Time: A gruelling 165mins

Rating: **

Reviewed by Jenny Rose 

After reading many reviews of Australia that described it as an epically tedious and overwhelming picture obviously devoted to the country itself, I walked into the cinema with fairly low expectations. However I was pleasantly surprised; for all its faults that I had been aware of before I saw it, Australia turned out to be unexpectedly entertaining and at times powerful and successful in portraying the messages that it intended to.   Read the rest of this entry »

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