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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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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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More Human Than Human – Revelation Film Festival

Are robots going to replace us? Will robots eventually steal our highest paid, most prized jobs? Can an artificial intelligence be creative? These are the questions raised by directors Tommy Pallotta and Femke Wolting (directors of The Last Hijack from Revelation 2014) in their documentary More Human Than Human, as Pallotta attempts to replace himself with a ‘camerabot’, an artificially intelligen...

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The Cleaners – Revelation Film Festival

Every minute of every day millions of posts are uploaded to social media for its approximately 3 billion collective users to view and share. Every post that is reported has to be assessed by someone. The unfortunate job of cleaning up our social media messes is outsourced by major companies like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to third party companies in developing nations like Manila. With a target...

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Brothers’ Nest Review

Brothers’ Nest follows brothers Terry (Shane Jacobson) and Jeff (Clayton Jacobson) as they return to their rural childhood home in the early hours of a cold morning. As becomes apparent, their mission (or Jeff’s mission with a coerced Terry following suit) is to murder their step-father Roger (Kim Gyngell) and make it look like a suicide in order to guarantee their inheritance of the property afte...

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Incredibles 2 Review

It’s been too long, dahlings. Disney-Pixar has finally released the sequel to their 2004 film The Incredibles. If you haven’t seen the original, The Incredibles revolves around a family of Supers with unique powers. There is Bob Parr (Richard T. Nelson) a.k.a Mr. Incredible with his super strength, Helen Parr (Holly Hunter) a.k.a Elastigirl with her super stretch, and their children, angsty teenag...

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Cargo Review

In a dystopian apocalypse, Andy (Martin Freeman) and Kay (Susie Porter – Hounds of Love, Underbelly), along with their infant daughter Rosie, travel into rural Australia, fleeing the devastating outbreak of an incurable, zombie-like virus. When Kay, and subsequently Andy, are bitten and infected with the virus, Andy has 48 hours to find a safe place for his daughter. Desperately fighting against t...

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Unsane Review

Sawyer Valentini (Claire Foy), a financial analyst, moves from Boston to Philadelphia in an attempt to flee her stalker, David Strine (Joshua Leonard). Still suffering panic attacks and paranoia, she seeks professional help, and finds herself involuntarily committed to a mental institution, where the nurses and administrators drug her and attempt to keep her interned as long as her insurance will ...

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The Death of Stalin Review

When Josef Stalin (Adrian McLoughlin) drops dead of a cerebral haemorrhage, his boot-licking inner Party members struggle for power in this absurdist farce by Armando Ianucci (Veep, In The Loop). Deputy Georgy Malenkov (Jeffery Tambor) decides only he can take the place of their ‘irreplaceable’ and dearly-departed dictator. But not forever. Amongst those vying for power are the morally fickle stat...

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Love, Simon Review

Simon Spier (Nick Robinson) lives a ‘totally normal’ life, except for one big secret he’s kept hidden from everyone – he’s gay. He finds solace and community in his online correspondence with another anonymous closeted gay student at his high school, whom he only knows as ‘Blue’. When another student leaks their private emails, Simon has to suddenly come to terms with his new public identity. Love...

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