The Book Thief

Expectations are high when going in to see a movie based on a well-loved book, so how does ‘The Book Thief’ hold up? By Dorina Marlen  Heller One thing you probably should not do when one of your favourite books is turned into a movie is go and see it with high expectations. But that […]

Plot for Peace

“Plot for Peace” is a cleverly-built documentary which focuses on the role an enigmatic French businessman, Jean-Yves Ollivier, played in bringing about the end of the Apartheid regime in South Africa and the release of Nelson Mandela from prison. Replete with secret meetings, tense moments and a lot of backdoor diplomacy, the documentary has all […]

Blue Is the Warmest Colour

“Blue Is the Warmest Colour” stirred a few waters when it first came out (excuse the pun) at the Cannes Festival in 2013, where it won the much-coveted Palme d’Or. Critics loved it, and it’s also received nominations for this year’s Golden Globes and BAFTA awards. So how do we feel about it? By Cathryn […]


Spike Jonze’s new film about love between a man and a computer has the kind of plot that can either be an instant hit or go horribly bad. The SOAS Spirit went to find out which is the case. By Honor Bulmer Joaquin Phoenix is some kind of cinema chameleon, at the exact opposite of […]

Inside Llewyn Davis

A look at the indie folk scene of 60’s New York might sound a bit on the dull side, but considering that the Coen brothers have signed this particular film and that it won the Grand Prix at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, we’ve decided that ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ is where we want to be. […]

Only Lovers Left Alive

A new vampire movie is on the horizon, but does it fit the ‘Twilight’ trend? The SOAS Spirit takes a look and leaves mesmerized. By Cristiana Moisescu “Only Lovers Left Alive” is a deliciously macabre movie, complete with gothic overtones and psychedelic music. It is the story of two vampires, Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve […]