Review Samples

Reviewing is a separate art form in terms of writing. It takes on a different tone, format, and style compared to academic writing. Look at our review samples to get better acquainted with review writing.

Ghost in the Shell (2017)

Cyberpunk science fiction has not been a popular genre during the last decades. Originating from the novels by Philip K. Dick, William Gibson, Isaac Asimov,…

Richard II, Barbican, London

By Miriam Gillinson Richard II was only 10 years old when he ascended the throne and this early rise to power is stamped all over…

Coriolanus, Donmar Theatre, London

By Miriam Gillinson A perfect engine, a human soldier, a “kind of nothing.” Coriolanus is a steaming cauldron of a role, a man as hot…

Sybil

The subject of mental disorders has long become a niche for all kinds of thriller and horror movies. Roughly 80% of movies dedicated to this…

A Hierarchy Nevertheless

By Nicky Charlish Postwar British history has been a fruitful furrow for scholars to plough. After books covering a range of subjects from the New…

Kairo (Pulse)

Perhaps no other country has produced as many horror movies as the United States—and no other country can call itself the motherland of the most…

Arrival

Movies about contacts with aliens are so numerous that counting all of them would probably be an impossible task. Aliens abduct, scrutinize, infiltrate, devastate, enslave,…

Doom: A Videogame Review

Throughout the last two decades, videogames have made a huge leap forward in terms of graphic technologies, gameplay mechanics, realism, and immersiveness, turning from a…

The Vvitch

In my humble opinion, the genre of horror movies is currently experiencing a severe crisis. This statement is definitely true for the American film industry:…

Dark Skies

Movies about extraterrestrials never seem to be out of trend. For decades, if not centuries, the possibility of intelligent life existing on other planets excited…

Dyatlov Pass Incident (Devil’s Pass)

There are thriller movies you remember a long time after watching. “The Silence of the Lambs,” “Psycho,” “Shutter Island,” “The Blair Witch Project”—these are just…

Haiku Commentary

spring breeze . . . a new nun shivers in the cloister © Marina Balmaceda Paredes We start with a kigo, or seasonal reference. A…

A Dangerous Method Review

I guess before reviewing “A Dangerous Method,” I should say at least a couple of words about its subject: psychoanalysis and people impersonating it. A…

Cure

If you watch movies filmed in different parts of the world, you might notice that each region, be it America, Europe, or Asia, puts its…

The Martian

The last time a science fiction movie was released that did not look silly was when Christopher Nolan came out with “Interstellar.” Long before and…

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