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I love film, more than people probably, and I will watch pretty much anything. Seriously, anything! I have a postgraduate education in film & have spent an exceptionally long time trying to get inside the film industry. I'm a big believer in treating every film the same, and bringing something new to the film theory table, giving reasons for every argument made. You'll find that I'm an empathetic and fun sort of reviewer, at least, I like to think so. If I'm not watching films I'm doing exceptionally nerdy stuff, like watching documentaries about the history of medicine and collecting photos of old post boxes.

A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN: A Nostalgic Comedy That Still Knows How To Play The Field

25 years later, director Penny Marshall's A League Of Their Own remains that rare thing: a sports movie with female characters to look up

You've Got Mail? In Defence Of Nora Ephron's 90s Romcom

Nora Ephron's You've Got Mail has been accused of everything from misogyny to being capitalist propaganda - Julia Smith thinks otherwise.

THIRD STAR: A Beautiful Ode To Hope & Despair

What makes Third Star special is its no-holds-barred approach to terminal illness, coupled with its magnificent cast and script.


While the filmmaking ambition of this low budget production can't be faulted, What Waits In The Red feels overly familiar and somewhat cliched.

THE BIG BOYS' PLAYGROUND: An Enticing & Mesmerising Solution

The Big Boys' Playground by Guillaume Lion paints rock climbing as a finely detailed, balanced, and makes the sport that more intriguing.

EVERYTHING THE LIGHT TOUCHES: A Profound & Touching Portrait

Everything the Light Touches is an introspective look at a Welsh Elvis impersonator, and also manages to be something even more profound.

THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE: The Holocaust Under A Softer Light

Despite bringing to life some previously unseen perspectives on the holocaust, The Zookeeper's Wife is far from faultless.

THEIR FINEST: Not Surprising, But Nice Enough

This World War ll film is entertaining, though unfortunately Their Finest doesn't really impress as it should.

The Wales International Documentary Festival 2017: A Film Critic's Diary

Film Inquiry writer Julia Smith had a chance to check out the Wales International Documentary Festival; here is an account of her experiences.

Filmmaking In The Age Of Social Media: An Interview With Filmmaker BRENDAN BRADLEY

Filmmaker and actor Brendan Bradley discusses the increasing role that social media is having on creativity and the power of filmmaking.