Author Archives: mnblogger

The Pros and Cons of Halloween at Hogwarts

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'Tis the season of witches and wizards, and every Potter fan’s mind turns to the beloved Hogwarts. But would we really want to be a student at the school around this time of year? Here’s why that’s probably not going to be the great time you’ve imagined. Read More »

Movie Review: ‘The Sweet Shop’ featuring Matthew Lewis

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The Sweet Shop is a quirky British romance that is rather like a piece of candy itself - not too complicated, but sweet, and consumed quickly. Read More »

Television Review: ‘Run’ starring Katie Leung

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Film directed by Charles Martin (episodes 1-2) and Jonathan Pearson (episodes 3-4) Written by Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan, Marlon Smith Starring: Olivia Coleman, Katie Leung, Lennie James, Katharina Schuttler ‘Run’ is a four-part dramatic mini-series that aired in the UK this year and is now available for American audiences for free via Hulu. Focusing each episode on the life of one character, the four vignettes intertwine and connect, showing how one person’s decision can affect any random stranger. The timeline ... Read More »

Theater Review: ‘Spamlot’ starring Warwick Davis

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Based on the iconic 1970s comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot is a bizarre and satirical reimaging of the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Spoofing everything from Andrew Lloyd-Webber to its own inspiration, the musical rattles through the story of the hunt for the Holy Grail at breakneck spread, with barely a moments rest for either the audience or cast alike. The current show is revision of the original Broadway ... Read More »

Theater Review: ‘Houdini’ starring Evanna Lynch

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Houdini the play follows the lives of Harry and Theo Houdini as they attempt to make a name for themselves in the world of magic and illusion. Starting shortly before Harry meets his wife, Bess, the audience is taken on a whistle stop tour of Harry’s rise to the top whilst Theo is left to struggle on in his shadow. Written by Stuart Brennan, who plays Theo in the show, the story seems to focus ... Read More »

Movie Review: ‘A Promise’

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“A Promise” was by far the most beautiful film of the Toronto International Film festival that we had the pleasure of seeing. It revolved around a love triangle between a sickly factory owner (Alan Rickman), his young protege (Richard Madden) and his young wife (Rebecca Hall). The two young lovers pledge to be together no matter what, and are separated by war and distance. Eventually they come together, leaving the audience with a satisfied smile. The music was definitely our ... Read More »

Movie Review: ‘Kill Your Darlings’

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Our most anticipated film of Toronto International Film Festival was certainly Kill Your Darlings! Not just because it starred Harry Potter himself (Daniel Radcliffe), but because the story of first time director John Krokidas, who has been working on this film for almost 10 years, was very inspiring for us film students. The film is based on the true story of Allen Ginsberg, his relationship with Lucien Carr (Dane DeHann) and their lives surrounding the murder of David Kammerer ... Read More »

Movie Review: ‘Therese’

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A review of 'Therese' starring Potter alum Tom Felton. CONTAINS SPOILERS! Read More »

Theater Review: ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’ starring Daniel Radcliffe

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Dark comedy, so celebrated amongst British audiences, is no easy achievement. The on-the-nose content can often be too hard hitting for the comedy to fly but this is of no concern for director Michael Grandage as the latest production in his star-studded West End season proves an enormous success. The Cripple of Inishmaan, starring Daniel Radcliffe, is an outrageous comedy set in 1934 and based on the small Aran island of Inishmaan, off the coast of Western ... Read More »

Review: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

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The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka, J.K. Rowling)   J.K. Rowling does it again. Only this time, the bestselling author pens her latest novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling, as Robert Galbraith, recently revealed as her pseudonym. The following review is SPOILER FREE. Read More »