Catherine Pearson

Manchester By The Sea

Casey Affleck and Lucas Hedges shine in Manchester by the Sea, a slow-burner of a story about loss, tragedy and family that takes hold of your heart and doesn’t let go. Kenneth Lonergan’s much acclaimed Manchester by the Sea tells the story of Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck), a handyman who...
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Posted Feb. 14, 2017


Arrival has been a big success with critics worldwide and it is not difficult to see why. With a bold and intriguing science fiction plot it could easily have limited its appeal to fans of such otherworldly adventures. However, Denis Villeneuve’s atmospheric hit brings heart to this ‘alien’ story and...
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Posted Dec. 2, 2016

13th: A black insight into America’s prison industry

13th is a powerful documentary that charts the evolution of the American justice system: a system that has seen its black citizens freed from the shackles of slavery only to be cast in the chains of criminals. Released on Netflix in October, 13th considers the ways in which the slavery...
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Posted Nov. 17, 2016

How Black Mirror reflects our fears about technology

Charlie Brooker’s critically acclaimed Black Mirror is back for its third series and this time we have six episodes to whet our satirical appetites. Following the same format of the previous two series, each episode of Black Mirror is a stand-alone narrative with a new cast, a new director and...
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Posted Nov. 15, 2016

The Force Awakens – A Newcomer’s perspective

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen it comes to the Star Wars franchise I have always know absolutely zilch, except for what I gleaned from the character cards that came free in Walkers crisp packets in the early ‘90s (I had at least 10 of Jar Jar Binks) and the odd nugget I’ve picked up...
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Posted Jan. 12, 2016

It’s okay not to be okay

'If you are getting through each day with the anxiety monster on your back, then I salute you. You are strong. You are brave. It’s okay not to be okay'.
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Posted Nov. 30, 2014

Before I Go To Sleep

"Remember who to trust", advises "Before I Go To Sleep", Rowan Joffé's psychological thriller, starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong. Catherine Pearson reviews.
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Posted Sep. 26, 2014