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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.

Ilustrado, by Miguel Syjuco

By Mike Jakeman Ilustrado, winner of the 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize and the debut novel by a young Filipino writer, Miguel Syjuco, begins with…

And This is True

By Chris Sims ‘Time passes, and little by little everything that we have spoken in falsehood becomes true,’ writes Proust in Remembrance of Things Past.…

Tosca, ENO, Coliseum, London

By Sarah Boyes Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924) is a notoriously popular composer. Popular, in terms of sheer numbers of admirers during his lifetime and enduring resonance…

Romeo and Juliet, Rose Theatre, London

By Miriam Gillinson A white mist unfurls onstage. Two armies filter forward—it is hard to make them out through the fog—and begin to mime a…

Up in the Air

By Dennis Hayes Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air is one of those rare films that deals with contemporary working life. It focuses on the…

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest

By Angelica Michelis The final part of Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy starts exactly where the second volume has finished: Lisbeth Salander, the plucky and unusual heroine…

Harry Brown

By Mark Carrigan This film tells the story of Harry Brown, a pensioner living on a decaying housing estate in South London. Formerly a marine,…

The Ghost Writer

By Mark Carrigan Given the likelihood that its director Roman Polanski may never make another film, it is difficult not to approach The Ghost Writer…

Harlan County, USA

By Dan Schneider Barbara Kopple is one of those filmmakers who can do just about any film well. And so much so that when she…

The Importance of Being Earnest

By Jane Turner The Importance of Being Earnest was the first and is also sadly, the last play to be performed in the basement of…

The New Old World

By Chris Bickerton Perry Anderson’s The New Old World is a welcome addition to the many books published in recent years on the European Union…

Macbeth

By Matt Trueman Imagine if you could bathe in Macbeth. Or cut it into lines and snort it. What about painting your house Macbeth? ‘OK,’…

The Slap

By Mike Jakeman Until the triumphant return of Jonathan Franzen in the autumn, it seemed that Christos Tsiolkas’ novel, The Slap, was a contender for…

The Talented Mr. Ripley

There are thriller movies that rely mostly on gore—“Hostel,” “Devil’s Rejects,” “Friday 13th,” and other similar films mostly focus on murder, blood—and their thrill comes…

Visions of Space: God’s Architect

By Dan Schneider Sometimes the extra features on a DVD oddly turn out to surpass the featured film itself. Such is the case with the…

King Death by Toby Litt

By Miguel Fernandes Ceia Working his way through the alphabet, Toby Litt has now delivered the letter ‘K’ with his new novel King Death. The…

How the West Was Lost

By Andrew Wheelhouse ‘We think we know what’s coming. But is it already too late?’ Taglines this ominous in tone usually belong to a Roland…

The Graduate

By Dan Schneider Comedian Mike Nichols, in the mid-1960s, abandoned a flourishing comedy career with his partner, Elaine May, to become a filmmaker. His first…

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