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100-Word Review: “Merrily We Roll Along” at Harold Pinter Theatre

The sign of a good Sondheim production is when you’re not terrified for the actors. The complex and twisted lyrics, overlapping story and emotional beats, blink-and-you’ll-miss-them plot details: it’s a juggling act. “Merrily”, a tragedy wrapped up in laughs, unfolds … Continue reading

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100-Word Review: “Carnage”

Adapting Yasmina Reza’s play God Of Carnage (and showing it), this spry 80 minutes concerns two sets of parents discussing – and then battling over – a fight between their kids. Foster, Winslet, Reilly and Waltz are all assured, and … Continue reading

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100-Word Review: “Black Mirror – 15 Million Merits”

The first ep strayed into soapboxery, the second’s planted itself there. Granted, the story of a future where people spend their lives building points to enter reality competitions is going to be somewhat alien. But as protagonist Bing stood in … Continue reading

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100-Word Review: “Black Mirror – The National Anthem”

A punchline, really. Terrorists kidnap the fictional Princess Susannah (the “Facebook Princess”) and vow to execute her unless the Prime Minister fucks a pig on television. But the opener of Black Mirror – Charlie Brooker’s three-part commentary on technology – … Continue reading

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100-Word Review: “Dying City” at Toronto Free Gallery

How do you love someone when it hurts, when it’s too difficult, and when you don’t know how? Dying City – the story of war widow Kelly’s (Lesley Faulkner) interactions with her husband before he leaves, and his twin a … Continue reading

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100-Word Review: “The Tillman Story”

Pat Tillman was one of the most hallowed names in post-9/11 US warfare – a former football star downed by an Afghani insurgent. However Tillman’s story was not one of heroism, but of military propaganda, and what was actually a … Continue reading

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100-Word Review: “Melancholia”

An experience openly shared by director Von Trier and (Cannes Best Actress-winning) star Kirsten Dunst, Melancholia is a tale of doom – from the personal to the cosmic. As Dunst’s depressed Justine takes part in an increasingly deranged wedding, the … Continue reading

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