film review

The Top 10 Films of 2020 List: The WTF Team Recommends

In a year in which many of our most anticipated releases have been pushed back to 2021 or beyond it's been a funny old time to try and write a top 10 films list, with a few complaints of there being ''slim pickings.'' Yet whilst 2020 has been a difficult year for film there have still been some real treasures released. From franchise revivals to silly popcorn flicks with underseen indie gems in between, here are the top films recommended by each of the WTF team... Mysteree's Top 10 Films 10. Bad Boys For Life: Long overdue but the duo didn’t miss…
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Review: Does George Clooney’s The Midnight Sky reach stellar heights?

Clooney directs and stars in this Sci Fi thriller about humanity's escape from a doomed earth The Midnight Sky is George Clooney's seventh feature film as director, based on the novel Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton and distributed by Netflix it attempts to turn lofty sci fi concepts into crowd pleasing fare. Clooney stars as Dr. Augustine Lofthouse, a scientist with terminal cancer living at a remote research base in the Arctic circle. In the opening scenes of the film we learn that some cataclysmic event has befallen Earth (whether this is nuclear, biological or chemical is never explained)…
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Wonder Woman 1984 Review

Wonder Woman 1984 is an exciting and memorable superhero thrill ride that's relevant to anyone in need of inspiration and belief right now In a world where every hero wants to be an anti-hero, truth is subjective and doing the right thing is optional, Wonder Woman 1984 is the remarkable reminder we all needed of the power of good and honesty. Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot partner to bring us a delightful dose of action, comedy, and fabulous eighties' nostalgia tied together in a movie spectacle the likes of which we haven't seen this year. Wonder Woman and Cheetah battle…
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Mank Review: David Fincher’s Love Letter to Hollywood’s Golden Age

Gary Oldman stars in this movie about movie making; the story behind the writing of Orson Welles' Citizen Kane The titular Mank is Herman J. Mankiewicz (here played by Oldman,) at one time the highest paid screenwriter in Hollywood and winner of the Academy award for Best Original Screenplay 1941 for one of the most highly celebrated films of all time: Citizen Kane. Mank and Orson Welles (Citizen Kane's director, star and co-writer) very publicly disagreed about the value of their respective contributions to the film leading to a feud about credits that had to be settled by the Screen…
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Happiest Season Review: Kristen Stewart Charms in Holiday Rom Com

Family secrets come out in heartwarming and pioneering festive rom com Happiest Season, from actress turned director Clea DuVall Netflix have revitalised the Christmas movie market in the last few years churning out countless family movies and silly rom coms of immense popularity despite often questionable quality - so it's no surprise that other studios are now starting to get in on the act. Happiest Season is being distributed by US streaming giant Hulu and promises all the relaxing festive charm you hope for in this gloomy time of year. The film stars Kristen Stewart as Abby and Mackenzie Davis…
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Antebellum Review – What would you do if you suddenly found yourself trapped by historical hate?

Antebellum is a bold, brutal and provocative trip down a rabbit hole of racial hatred Firstly, a warning. If you find portrayals of racism and dehumanisation of black people uncomfortable or too upsetting to watch then this might not be the right film for you, or at least you may need to skip the first half hour. Antebellum means a time before or what existed before a war.  It is mostly used in relation the American civil war, where the United States were at war with the thirteen break away 'Confederate States of America' who were unwilling to accept not…
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Kajillionaire Review – A crime drama that’s much more drama than crime

Kajillionaire is sweet tale of personal emancipation. A young lady trapped in an emotional cage, yearning for love and a freedom she can't comprehend until a stranger shows her a way out. Kajillionaire is the latest family crime drama from the mind of Miranda July. But don’t be misled by the ‘family crime drama’ moniker. This is not the Sopranos or The Godfather but something vastly different and on a much smaller scale. Kajillionaire is about a family of grifters made up of the father Robert played by Richard Jenkins, the mother Theresa played by Debra Winger and their daughter…
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Review: On The Rocks

Bill Murray reunites with director Sofia Coppola for this lighthearted comedy starring Rashida Jones Laura (Jones) a New York mother of two in her late 30's becomes convinced that her workaholic husband is having an affair with his assistant. When she tells her eccentric playboy father (Murray) he insists they get to the bottom of it, and the two set out on a private detective style mission, stalking the husband (Marlon Wayans) around the city. On The Rocks reunites Murray with writer/director Sofia Coppola for their second feature film together after 2003's Lost In Translation for which they were both…
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Netflix Review: The Trial of the Chicago 7

The Trial of the Chicago 7 continues a long tradition of using film to shine a light and bring awareness to injustice Written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7 is a courtroom drama based on the real-life trial of the titular ‘Chicago 7’ – a group of anti-war, left wing activists who were charged with inciting riots at the 1968 Democratic Convention. Despite having screenwriting credits on films as far back as 1992s A Few Good Men as well as more recent screenwriting duties on films such as Moneyball, The Social Network and Steve Jobs…
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LFF 2020 Review: Ammonite

Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan get cosy in Victorian romantic drama Ammonite, the closing film of the 2020 BFI London Film Festival Ammonite is the second feature film from British writer/director Francis Lee. His first film God's Own Country won awards and hearts all over the world, making Ammonite one of the most anticipated releases of 2020. Kate Winslet stars as Mary Anning, (a real figure though this is a fictionalised version of her life) a skilled paleontologist who now with her years of fame behind her ekes out a living finding and selling fossils on the Dorset coast. Her…
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