Alessandro Nivola

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  • Review: The Red Sea Diving Resort sinks under the weight of its own clichés

    Movie Review | Luke Whiston | 16th September 2019

    Is it still white saviour complex if the events actually happened? Or is it a different kind of white saviour complex; one for the benefit of white audiences, to make them feel better about conditions in other countries that probably had something to do with them sticking their oar in at some point in history? Are we challenging ourselves by broaching such subjects in the first place: a tacit acceptance of blame by not sugarcoating the human casualties of conflict? Was a film ostensibly about ethnic cleansing the right time to show off Chris Evans' side-ass and the top bit of his pubes? Many questions.

  • A Most Violent Year

    Movie Review | Ed Williamson | 23rd January 2015

    How to make it in America: fairly well-worn ground for films, and yet still they keep coming. This immigrant's tale from JC Chandor is more than that, though. A largely non-violent study of how the (mostly) law-abiding react when faced with violence, and of whether turning the other cheek is a workable - or even desirable - strategy.

  • The Eye

    Movie Review | Ali | 2nd May 2008

    "I see dead people." Nine years after The Sixth Sense and people are still trying to pull the same old shit. As far as modern horror clichs go, it's up there with "It was all a dream!" and "She's been dead for ten years!" Nonetheless, the old corpse-spotting hook has worked to varying effects over the years; some good (uh... g...

  • Goal!

    Movie Review | Ali | 1st March 2006

    As a Liverpool fan, I've had quite enough drama so far already this year, thank you. No matter how many lacklustre 0-0 performances I sit through, all I have to do is think back to That Night In Istanbul and it'll raise the hairs on the back of my neck. The football movie (or 'soccer', if you'd prefer to be wrong) genre isn't ...