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First Man Review - Out of This World

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Runtime: 141mins | Director: Damien Chazelle | Rating: 5 Stars
Oh, Damien Chazelle… will you ever make a film that I don’t love? Probably not.
For those of you who don’t know, Whiplash is my favourite film. Ever. As far as I’m concerned, it is a masterpiece. Then, he directed La La Land, the infamously near-winner of the 2017 Oscars – another brilliant film.
But, rather than making me feel comfortable in his apparently safe hands, this just made me more nervous… “Can he really pull off a hat trick? Surely not…”
Well, I’m here to tell you that he did - First Man is a superb film and one you should go and see immediately.
First Man tells the story of Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling) – no introductions needed – an engineer who sky-rocketed his career through NASA to become the first man to walk on the moon. But, of course, such a dangerous mission wasn’t smooth sailing…
And this is where First Man is truly stellar – building tension.



As shown in his directorial debut, Whiplash, Damien Chazelle i…

King of Thieves Review – Did it Steal the Show?

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Runtime: 108mins | Director: James Marsh | Rating: 2.5 Stars

The Hatton Garden Heist – one of the most infamous crimes in British history.
Why? Well, not only was £14million stolen making it one of the largest thefts ever committed in British history but even more astoundingly was the age of the men who carried it out – all of them between 60-80 years old.
Of course, given the amusing and unlikely perpetrators of the crime, the story seemed perfect for a cinematic adaption. Unfortunately, though, this wasn’t the case.
Entering it I had high hopes due to the phenomenal cast comprised of aged British legends – Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Michael Gambon, Ray Winstone, Tom Courtenay and Paul Whitehouse. If we’re honest, you’d be hard pressed to find a better casting.
But, King of Thieves proves you can have the greatest cast in the world and still not steal the show. Unfortunately, despite the cast’s best efforts and undeniable charisma, chemistry and charm, the film fell flat.
For me, thi…