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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Vivarium Review

A young couple, Tom (Jessie Eisenberg) and Gemma (Imogen Poots), looking to start their life together in their first home, visit the sales office for a new housing development, Yonder. Despite their reluctance towards the strange estate agent, Martin (Jonathan Aris), they agree to visit the housing estate. Martin shows them house number nine – one in a seemingly endless row of identical hospital-g...

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Color Out of Space Review

After his wife’s (Joely Richardson) mastectomy, Nathan Gardner (Nicolas Cage) moves his family out to his father’s old farm to escape 21st century life – despite the fact wife Theresa continues to work remotely as a frazzled stockbroker. Their daughter Lavinia (Madeleine Arthur) has taken to the occult, practising Wiccan rituals and dressing in a tacky witch costume, flaunting an in-your-face angs...

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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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