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Malcolm & Marie | REVIEW

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Malcolm & Marie is an utterly captivating and enthralling film that has you gripped, intrigued and feeling uncomfortable for its entire runtime because of the outstanding quality of writing, acting and directing on display here.

Sam Levinson (Euphoria, Assassination Nation) writes and directs a film in which Malcolm, played by John David Washington (Tenet, BlacKkKlansman) returns home with his girlfriend Marie (played by Zendaya, known for Euphoria, Spider-Man) following the premiere of his new film. What follows is a compelling argument between the two as Malcolm forgot to thank Marie in his speech at the premiere. All this is set across the backdrop of the two awaiting news about the response to his film and the couple’s relationship begins to strain as a result.

The film was entirely written, shot and edited between April and September of 2020, which by itself is quite extraordinary and of the few films I’ve seen that were made during the pandemic and during lockdown, Malcolm & Marie is by far the best. The film is really dialogue heavy and at it’s core it is just Zendaya and John David Washington talking to each other and arguing for 105 minutes straight but that really shouldn’t put you off as the chemistry between the two of them is so strong and the whole film is an extraordinary showcase of talent.

The reason why it works so well is twofold. Firstly, the writing. Levinson’s script is excellent. Whilst it does take quite a few digs at film critics, calling out the ‘white woman at the LA Times’ and film criticism in general to the point that even writing this review now feels a little contradictory and hypocritical, the script is so tightly written and full of really excellent dialogue.

Even with a great script, this film still might not have come out as well as it did. The second thing that made this film so good is the two lead performances. The two leads are absolutely mesmerising. In the first few minutes of the film John David Washington steals the show but then Zendaya begins to take all the attention for herself and for the entire runtime of the film, you just sit in awe of these two incredible performances as they spar with each other, highlighting their incredible acting ability. It’s very difficult to judge who was better in this film as they both really were phenomenal and brought different things to their respective roles.

As well as the tight writing and the outstanding performances, the cinematography is great too. It was shot on black and white 35mm film and it all looks beautiful. Despite there being no colour and despite the fact that there aren’t really any exciting, lavish locations to show off beyond the grand house that the entire film takes place in, it still is so beautiful to watch. The black and white really draws your attention to the nuances of their performances and to the great script.

Malcolm & Marie is a film that will leave you completely exhausted and worn out by the end of it as it really is just an hour and forty-five minutes of Zendaya and John David Washington acting their hearts out and it’s amazing to just sit back and watch these two young actors showcase their remarkable talent.

It’s a film that’s absolutely worth watching for so many reasons; the script, the acting, the cinematography and just to remember the fact that even during a worldwide pandemic, creative people are still out there, making incredible things.

★★★★★

Malcolm & Marie streams exclusively on Netflix from February 5th.

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The Batman | Official Trailer 2 – DC Fandome

The Batman is an upcoming American superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. The film is being produced by DC Films and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, and is a reboot of the Batman film franchise. The film is directed by Matt Reeves, who wrote the screenplay with Mattson Tomlin.



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March 4, 2022

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Matt Reeves

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Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Colin Farrell, Paul Dano, Andy Serkis, Peter Sarsgaard, John Turturro, Jeffrey Wright

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The Batman is an upcoming American superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. The film is being produced by DC Films and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, and is a reboot of the Batman film franchise. The film is directed by Matt Reeves, who wrote the screenplay with Mattson Tomlin.

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Mothers of the Revolution – They’ve Challenged World Leaders, Altered The Course Of History And Truly Inspired Millions

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Mothers of the Revolution tells the story of one of the longest protests in history. Between 1981 and 2000, thousands of women from around the world came together at Greenham Common to take a rightful stand against nuclear proliferation. This remarkable group of fearless women were shunned by the press and the media. Director Briar March reveals the women as the cold war heroes they truly were, she tells the story of these women through their eyes and though reenactments as they persisted arrests, condemnation and scorn. 



In the early 1980s, a young mother in Wales was alarmed like many about the UK government’s Campaign called “Protect And Survive”, which advised people to use the four minutes between the warning and a nuclear strike to stack suitcases full of objects like books to absorb the radiation. The Pressure and rising threat to their own families’ safety called for action and thus the Women for Life on Earth group was born.

From the conversation around the kitchen table in Wales, Karmen Thomas took action. She was instrumental in organising the initial protest which on the 5th of September 1981 these women marched from Wales too Berkshire to protest over the nuclear weapons being kept at RAF Greenham Common. Over 120 miles they become a living protest against the British Governments decision. The protest surly gathered momentum as when the reached Greenham Common permanent camps were set up. 

Many women joined the camp such as Chris Drake, a single mother and millworker who truly felt like she belonged and felt like she was born again. Young mothers were not a group who traditionally had their voices heard at the time and the press moved on to other issues they deemed more important, So the women organised Embrace The Base. A day in which the camp and women across the country who travelled up joined hands to form a human chain around the entire military base. 

This documentary is a celebration of Greenham such as its spirit and the effects, which were all worth celebrating. However the film also shows the difficult aspects such as the brutal evictions and assaults by the police force and soldiers. It truly was a Cold War drama/thriller with the tension of a soviet spy novel. It’s also the story of love especially for family and children , and of the commitment these women made to a higher cause. 



They’ve challenged world leaders, altered the course of history and truly inspired millions, it’s an emotional and empowering documentary. 

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Brother’s Keeper – A Strong Film About Incompetent Adults Failing These Vulnerable Kids

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Yusuf (Samet Yıldız) and his best friend Memo (Nurullah Alaca) are pupils at a boarding school for Kurdish boys, secluded in the mountains of Eastern Anatolia. Both live in the same dorm as it’s a strict and a very repetitive environment, however when Memo falls mysteriously ill, Yusuf is forced to struggle through the bureaucratic obstacles put up by the school’s repressive authorities to try to help his friend. But by the time the adults in charge finally listen and understand the seriousness of Memo’s condition and desperately try to get him to a hospital, the school has been buried under a sudden heavy snowfall. despite the cold and with no way out, they’re desperate tp reach for help. Teachers and pupils engage in a blame game, where grudges, feelings of guilt and hidden secrets emerge. 



Brother’s keeper is truly a study about the power of social realism which is used as a persuasive tool but it’s also about the teacher’s incompetence, responsibility and guilt. It’s a character driven story that has investigative elements to it. 

The Pupils are reminded on how lucky they are to be there, yet it feels more like a relentless institution that’s run like a juvenile detention centre rather then a proper educational school. 

The film remains on the smaller scale and made to feel intimate. The sense of isolation creates this frosty atmosphere where the cold reflects the Icy tension between staff and pupils, the Institute is rather dull and callous but the film does have one running gag where staff members repeatedly slip on the icy floor as each teacher and headmaster enter the sickroom. 

Overall this is a really strong film about incompetent adults failing these vulnerable kids, which made the situation truly bleak. It has some great performances and foreshadows the ending which was so deep that it’ll linger.

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