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22 September 2021

TV Review - Help: Heart-wrenching portrayal of Covid care home crisis

'Help' is a heart-wrenching story of a care home in Liverpool for people with dementia. When the Covid-19 crisis hits the home, the main protagonist, Sarah, is faced with loss, pressure and difficult

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25 August 2021

Film Review: Martin Eden

Martin Eden is an Italian film based on Jack London's 1909 novel. I highly recommend it. Jack London set his novel in the US, the film moves the story to Naples in the 1920s and 1930s.

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26 May 2021

Film review: Nomadland

Sombre poem on human connection and solidarity: After the Great Recession of 2008 hit, the factory at the heart of Empire was shut down. Fern, a widow in her sixties, is suddenly compelled to leave the town she built her life around, taking off in her

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24 March 2021

Film Review: Moxie

A springboard for discussion about sexism in schools: Netflix's new film Moxie, based upon a book of the same name, might provide a springboard for further discussions around sexism in schools but does not, as one reviewer put it "offer a blueprint for a revolution."

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17 March 2021

Judas and the Black Messiah - taste of Fred Hampton's politics, with lessons for fighting oppression today

Film Review: Before watching the movie, my expectations were set low by Hollywood's history of diluting radical politics, but also by the movie's soundtrack which included track names like "Rich N*gga Problems"

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24 February 2021

Film Review: The White Tiger

The White Tiger, a film based on the bestselling novel by Aravind Adiga, depicts the story of a young man's bid to overcome caste and social oppressions to become a self-made person.

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17 February 2021

Film Review: Dear Comrades!

The film 'Dear Comrades', produced by the Russian film-maker Andrei Konchalevsky, came out last year and won the Special Jury Prize at the 2020 Venice Film Festival.

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9 December 2020

TV review: Red, White and Blue

More than just diversity - we need democratic, working-class control of the police: The BBC recently aired the film 'Red, White and Blue' from the Steve McQueen mini-series 'Small Axe'

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2 December 2020

TV: The Social Dilemma

The Social Dilemma is a film recently produced by Netflix, exploring the impact of social media on society

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25 November 2020

CripTales: A painful reflection of a system that pits us against each other

To mark the 25th anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act, the BBC has produced a series of short films called 'CripTales'

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7 October 2020

Film: 'Sick' - 'They've got people looking in the wrong direction'

'Sick' is a heart-wrenching drama/documentary that uses the real stories of benefit claimants battling, and sometimes losing to, the system to claim Personal Independence Payment, and also work capability assessments for Employment Support Allowance.

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22 July 2020

Exciting Cuban spy thriller exposes US-sponsored terrorism

Action-packed and exciting, Wasp Network is a spy thriller that tells the story of the 'Cuban Five'

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17 June 2020

Film: Da 5 Bloods - entertaining but politically constrained

Spike Lee's new film 'Da 5 Bloods', featuring four black American army veterans of the Vietnam War who meet up again in modern-day Ho Chi Minh City, has been released on Netflix just as racism and the class system that ferments it are in the forefront of the minds of millions of people

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11 March 2020

Film: Greed directed by Michael Winterbottom

It was refreshing to watch a mainstream film exposing the madness and exploitative nature of the capitalist system, writes Barbara Clare, Stevenage.

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26 February 2020

Weinstein found guilty

A jury in New York City found Harvey Weinstein guilty of rape and sexual assault on 24 February. More trials are ahead for the multimillionaire film producer.

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19 February 2020

Brilliant Korean film exposes class inequality

Cinema - Parasite: It's the rich who are the real parasites

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30 October 2019

Film reviews: Sorry We Missed You by Ken Loach

"A stark reminder of the inhumane lengths bosses will go to under capitalism to increase their profits": "Let's get one thing straight, you don't work for us, you work with us". Those words from the boss's mouth in the opening scene of Sorry We Missed You get turned into a sick joke over the course of the film

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9 October 2019

Film review: Joker - Sympathising with a monster created by today's incendiary conditions

The most striking thing about this film is how gritty and believable it is. Based on the origin story of one of the most iconic comic book villains of all time, and situated in Gotham City, a carbon copy of New York City, this film is set in the 80s.

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13 February 2019

'Green Book' film: a timely reminder of racism in the USA

It's been called a buddy/road trip film in the tradition of 'Driving Miss Daisy' - it is much more than that and yet, perhaps, less than it could be

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6 February 2019

Film: Vice - Dick Cheney - a cold and calculating opportunist

"So?" is Dick Che-ney's response to the fact that two-thirds of Americans said the 2003 Iraq war was not worth fighting. 'Vice' closes with this.

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