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Alison Lesley

Alison has a BA in Literary and Cultural Studies and Creative Writing, and has just completed her BA Honours in Creative Practice Screenwriting.

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The Lighthouse Review

Amidst an eerie fog and the unrelenting moan of a foghorn, two men arrive at an island to fulfil a lonely month-long shift of tending the lighthouse. Thomas Wake (Willem Dafoe) is grizzled, autocratic, and demanding – an experienced keeper with an unholy devotion to the lighthouse lamp. His second-in-command is Ephraim Winslow (Robert Pattinson), a young timber labourer from Canada, running from h...

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The Peanut Butter Falcon Review

The Peanut Butter Falcon follows Zak (Zack Gottsagen), a young man with Down Syndrome, who escapes from the nursing home in which he lives in order to follow his dream of joining a professional wrestling school run by his hero, the Salt Water Redneck. Eleanor (Dakota Johnson), Zak’s carer, is tasked with bringing him back to the residential care facility, and hunts him down, despite her reservatio...

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Cats Review

Abandoned on the streets of London, Victoria the White Cat (Francesca Hayward) is quickly taken in by a tribe of cats called the Jellicles, who attend the yearly Jellicle Ball where their leader Old Deuteronomy (Judi Dench) chooses one cat to go to the Heaviside Layer. Makes sense, right? Cats is an adaption of the similarly-titled stage play by Andrew Lloyd Webber, which itself is based off T.S. ...

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Jojo Rabbit Review

Towards the end of the Second World War, Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis) is excited to join the Hitler Youth and go on a training camp. A fanatical young boy, Jojo is irredeemably loyal to the ideology of the Nazi Party – so much so that his imaginary best friend is a child’s impersonation of Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi). However, Jojo is conflicted when he discovers his single mother Rosie (Scarlett J...

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Joker Review

Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) is a wannabe stand-up comedian who pays the bills working as an abused Rent-A-Performer clown. His ironic chalky face paint masks the fact that Arthur suffers from several severe psychological illnesses, the most evident being a chronic medical condition from a childhood trauma that makes him laugh maniacally, uncontrollably, at inappropriate moments. Arthur is an ou...

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Angel of Mine Review

Lizzie (Noomi Rapace) lost her baby daughter in a fire seven years ago, and hasn’t been the same since. Now divorced from her husband (Luke Evans) and struggling to adequately mother her young son (Finn Little), Lizzie begins spiraling back into grief after seeing a young girl, Lola (Annika Whiteley), whom she is convinced is her long-lost daughter. Lizzie befriends the girl’s parents (Yvonne Stra...

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Yesterday Review

Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) is a failing singer-songwriter, with dreams of making it big, but who has never managed to snag a gig with an audience of more than half a dozen people. When a solar flare knocks out the world’s electricity for twelve seconds, Jack is simultaneously hit by a bus and thrown into an alternate timeline where several world-wide phenomenon have never existed. Jack is the only ...

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2040 Review

Damon Gameau (creator of That Sugar Film) goes on a journey to uncover what 2040 might look like for his four year-old daughter, Velvet, if humans embraced positive solutions to climate change and implemented regenerative change immediately with already available technologies. 2040 is an uplifting documentary. It’s refreshing to hear somebody preach about how great the future could be, rather than...

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Dumbo Review

Max Merdici (Danny DeVito) sinks his money into the investment of a new baby elephant for his struggling travelling circus, and hires returned veteran Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) to take care of the pachyderm. However, Dumbo is no ordinary elephant; born with comically oversized ears, Dumbo, with the help of Farrier’s children Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins), learns to fly. When amus...

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Greta Review

Frances McCullen (Chloë Grace Moretz) works as a waitress in Manhattan and lives in a spacious loft apartment with flatmate Erica (Maika Monroe). When Frances finds a bag on the subway, she dutifully returns it to its owner – an elderly foreign widow named Greta Hideg (Isabelle Huppert) who, since her daughter moved away to Paris, has become increasingly lonely and isolated. Thankful for Frances’ ...

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On the Basis of Sex Review

“A court ought not be affected by the weather of the day, but will be by the climate of the era.”  And so it was. For those who weren’t already aware of the force-of-nature that is the Notorious RBG after the 2018 documentary that examined her decades of work as well as her rise to pop culture fame, On The Basis Of Sex provides another reason to give the name ‘Ruth Bader Ginsburg’ a Google. On The...

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Arctic Review

After crashing his plane in the Arctic some months ago, a solitary man (Mads Mikkelsen) survives in a frozen wasteland through meticulous and unending routine, waiting to be found. When his chance at rescue goes awry, he must decide whether to stay put, or risk life and limb against the elements and rocky terrain in the hopes of reaching an outpost before it’s too late. Arctic, a survival drama sh...

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