Alison Lesley

Alison is currently finishing up her BA Double Major in Literary + Cultural Studies and Creative Writing, with aspirations of becoming a screenwriter.

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Ralph Breaks the Internet Review

Six years after the events of the first film, Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly) is now much adored by his fellow video game characters and has settled into a happy routine, hanging out in the power strip after a hard day’s work as the antagonist of the game ‘Fix-It Felix’. Meanwhile, Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman), Ralph’s best friend since the events of the last film, confesses her boredo...

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Eighth Grade Review

Like many adolescents, Kayla (Elsie Fisher) spends her time glued zombie-like to her phone, scrolling infinitely through social media. She makes online videos for an almost non-existent audience of followers on how to improve their social lives, without taking her own advice. She fumbles her way through the middle school social hierarchy, has a goal to finally find a best friend and a crush on the...

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Mary Poppins Returns Review

Have you ever wondered whether Mary Poppins can do sick BMX tricks? Thank god someone’s finally answered that question, and the answer is yes – of course she can. Mary Poppins is floating back into cinemas after a 54-year absence from our screens. The magical nanny (Emily Blunt) returns to seventeen Cherry Tree Lane, bringing along her unconventional discipline methods and moral lessons. Michael B...

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Mortal Engines Review

Mortal Engines is set 1000 years in the future, after the Earth’s crust was shattered and much of civilisation lost in an horrific quantum war. To the east, the permanent city of Shan Guo prospers in passivity, and to the west, mechanised cities rumble across the wastelands, with predator cities like London devouring smaller, roving miner cities. Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar), a troubled young woman w...

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Anna and the Apocalypse Review

T’was the night before Christmas … when a zombie apocalypse threatened the sleepy town of Little Haven. Anna (Ella Hunt) and her friends John (Malcolm Cumming), Steph (Sarah Swire), Chris (Christopher Leveaux), and Lisa (Marli Siu), wake to find a zombie virus has infected their town, and most of the world, right before the Christmas holidays! The gang must sing and slash their way to survival, fe...

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Review

The second instalment of the Harry Potter spin-off franchise, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, takes magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to London and Paris on orders from Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) to hunt down the obscurial Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller). Newt is joined once again by no-maj baker Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler), femme fatale Queenie Goldstein (Alison Sudol), ...

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Ghost Stories Review

Paranormal investigator Professor Goodman (Andy Nyman) investigates a trio of real supernatural sightings left behind by the great paranormal debunker Charles Cameron. The surviving witnesses recount their nightmarish tales; a night watchman with an estranged daughter is haunted by the decisions of his past; a disturbed young man is hunted down by a creature in the woods; a wealthy father-to-be se...

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American Animals Review

In the Special Collections room of the Transylvania University Library, guarded by a small amount of plexiglass and an elderly librarian, sits some of the most valuable books and manuscripts in America. American Animals is based on the unbelievably true story that was dubbed the ‘Transy Book Heist’ back in 2004. College freshmen Spencer Reinhard (Barry Keoghan) and Warren Lipka (Evan Peters), diss...

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Searching Review

It’s a parent’s worst nightmare: a missing child, a teenager suddenly not contactable in our hyper-connected world. When David Kim’s (John Cho) 16-year-old daughter Margot (Michelle La) stops answering her phone, David fears the worst. After reporting his daughter missing, and with the help of Detective Vik (Debra Messing) the investigator assigned to the case, David dives into Margot’s cyber-hist...

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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Review

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is the sequel nobody asked for but most people will go and see, probably with their mothers in tow. Shimmying into cinemas ten years after its predecessor Mamma Mia!, this half prequel, half sequel is like the florid daydream of a carefree teenager – blue skies, Grecian seas, beautiful smiling people, Cher is there. The film follows Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) as she rebui...

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Virginia Minnesota – Revelation Film Festival

The death of a former matriarch of a reformation house for wayward girls forces three young women to return to the home they shared fifteen years earlier. But one beneficiary is absent – Addison (Aurora Perrineau) who refuses to return to the home, still troubled by the death of a young girl that took place there shortly before the institution was closed down. Before the reading of the will can ta...

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The Breaker Upperers Review

Fifteen years ago, Jen (Jackie van Beek) and Mel (Madeleine Sami) were cheated on by the same man at the same time. But they’ve since gotten over being the ‘other women’ in each others’ lives, and have made a business and a profit out of the morally ambiguous work of breaking up other unhappy couples. However, tensions rise between the ride-or-die partners and best friends when Mel starts a sexual...

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