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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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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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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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