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BlacKkKlansman Review - Spike Lee's Triumphant Return

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Runtime: 135mins | Director: Spike Lee | Rating: 5 Stars
As I’ve mentioned in past reviews, I’ve always had an obsession with America. Well, perhaps not an obsession, but a somewhat morbid curiosity.
To me, it has always seemed insane that a country can inspire so much hope in so many people whilst simultaneously preventing others from ever succeeding. Considering it’s frequently labelled ‘The Land of the Free’, America’s past is marred due to racism and slavery. What’s worse though, is that it is still a very real and relevant problem – and this is something that BlacKkKlansman highlights and tackles.
The film tells the story of Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) – the first African-American to join the Colorado Springs Police Department. After several weeks working in the filing department, Ron hungers for something more adventurous. This leads him to call the Ku Klux Klan pretending to be a white supremacist and then verbally infiltrate their organisation. Of course, Ron realise…

The Festival Review – A Cinematic Headline or Support Act?

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Runtime: 98mins | Director: Iain Morris | Rating: 2 Stars
Without doubt, The Inbetweeners is one of the most iconic and beloved British TV series. It was hysterically funny, highly relatable and at its most basic, a brilliant coming-of-age story about four boys during their time at school. It made you laugh, cry and then laugh even more.  
So, when I saw that Joe Thomas, who plays Simon, was starring in a new film helmed by Iain Morris, the co-creator of The Inbetweeners, I couldn’t help feeling a jolt of nostalgic excitement at the prospect of a new, unbranded Inbetweeners escapade.
Unfortunately, this didn’t turn out to be the case, and I was left disappointed.
The Festival begins with Nick (Joe Thomas) being dumped by his university girlfriend, Caitlin (Hannah Tointon). In an attempt to cheer him up, his bestfriend, Shane (Hammed Animashaun), takes him to a festival for a weekend of throwaway romance, music and mud. Unfortunately, Nick’s weekend of emotional recovery and rebounding i…