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Director: Greta Gerwig Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, Emma Watson, Eliza Scanlen, Timothée Chalamet, Laura Dern, Meryl Streep Running Time: 135 minutes

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Not having yet read Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women or seen any of the previous film versions means that it’s difficult in many ways to discuss the latest version by Greta Gerwig’s success as an adaptation. Will those who have read the coming of age story of the March sisters cover to cover dozens of times take issue with characterisations that I wouldn’t spot, or balk at Gerwig’s remixing of the story? Possibly, but even without familiarity it is possible to describe how the film feels and to add by way of ringing endorsement that Gerwig’s take on a book around 150 years old is so fresh and vibrant as to shoot it up to the top of the aul’ “must read list”. It feels like someone who loves a story very deeply gush over all the little details of it to you, feeling for the characters like they’re old friends and filling you in with every bit of their lives, a warm and welcoming time in the cinema.

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Director: Rian Johnson Starring: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Benicio Del Toro Running Time: 152 minutes


One thing that should probably be acknowledged about Star Wars before launching into a review of the latest entry to the series is that its cultural footprint is simply too big for anything approaching a consensus to form. Every Star Wars film since the original faced heavy backlash after their initial release. Some were also widely acclaimed at the same time. Some grew their reputation over the years. And some were the prequels. A film that aims to be seen by so many simply cannot please everyone all of the time, even if it tried, but despite the pressure of having to deliver to such a dedicated fanbase and such keenly invested taskmasters at Disney, director Rian Johnson boldly declares never to tell him the odds and instead has made The Last Jedi into the kind of film he knows will entertain one person for certain: himself. Make something for yourself and others usually follow, and those of a like-mind with Johnson will see in The Last Jedi an ambitious, electrifying and reflective blockbuster.

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The Lighthouse Cinema is at it again; coming on the 15th of October, Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains! A film that combines punk rock, teenage girls and a fuck-you attitude.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains gathered dust in Paramount’s vault for years before its video-release because it was received badly by test audiences. However, the film achieved cult status years later when it gained circulation on late night cable TV. In 1998, The Fabulous Stains was screened for the first time in fifteen years to a packed theatre at Chicago Underground Film Festival. Pat Smear of Germs, Nirvana and recently the Foo Fighters fame has said he would love to re-record the film’s soundtrack, Bikini Kill‘s Tobi Vail called it “the most profound and realistic film” she’d ever seen and many musicians claim to have been inspired to pursue music because of the film, such as Kate Nash. Somehow the film’s obscurity has worked in its favour, lending the film an underground quality worthy of its subject matter.

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