I, Tonya

A terrific triumph of willpower in a doomed town of malice and spite.

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Raised by a competition addict, Tonya had no choice but to sidle into the limelight as her love for figure skating became an all-consuming and career defining movement that resulted in sizable disappointment from a young age.

Despite the underlying inevitability of ruined success, this film has a hopeful plot that allows the audience to feel optimistic for a character who has to overcome the odds to achieve her goals in spite of the world’s onlooking perceptions.

Director, Craig Gillespie, stirs away from the usual film formula, choosing instead to present this story in an interview format, which combines the stories of past and present to the give the audience a well-rounded explanation of this truly unique plot, that is, after all, based upon a true story.

Due to its unusual format, the film can feel a little lackluster at times, with the chopping of character dialogue often adding nothing but confusion to the mix.

Though these momentary lapses can act as dissuasive stints, luckily the cast, fronted by Margot Robbie, manages to steal back the attention by giving performances which are intriguingly robust throughout.


Goodbye Christopher Robin

The tragedy that laid beneath Britain’s most heartwarming bedtime story is brought to the big screen with an unapologetic awakening.

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A.A. Milne’s work has a place in most peoples hearts for his marvelous creation of Winnie-The- Pooh, but what most people don’t know, is the trouble it brought to his family life to get this little bear onto a page.

As the film broadcasts the tale of Pooh’s inception, it too caresses the delicate drama that comes with, from father-son bonding to relationship woes, the script manages to capture the life of this great writer, with little hope of under-fabrication, the storyline is brutally honest and leaves little to the imagination.

With Domhall Gleeson as Milne and Margot Robbie as his wife, the casting was certainly unexpected. Though despite this seemingly unlikely pairing, the two have a unique chemistry which works remarkably well alongside the intensively captivating and at sometimes, unnerving, script.

Whilst the film does not idealize the happy-go-lucky bear we all know and love, it does leave one grateful for the sacrifices made by the Milne family, in a bid to bring happiness in an unrelenting post-war world.