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Author Archives: Mandy Southgate

Mandy Southgate is a blogger, serial expat and eternal tourist living and working in London. Aside from writing at Blogcritics, she blogs about travel and London at Emm in London, entertainment and media at Addicted to Media and war crimes, genocide and social justice over at A Passion to Understand.

Book Review: ‘The Tokyo Karaoke Murder’ by Fran Pickering

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Japanphiles and crime lovers alike will love this introduction to the Josie Clark in Japan series. Read More »

Movie Review: ‘The Boxtrolls’

The Boxtrolls

Although The Boxtrolls is a cautionary tale firmly targeted toward children, with its young protagonists, lovable monsters, adults will love the rude humor and non-stop peril. Read More »

Movie Review: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

The Guardians of the Galazy Line Up

Ultimately, Guardians of the Galaxy will continue Marvel’s box office dominance, and it is a definite audience pleaser. Read More »

Interview: Zethu Dlomo, Star of ‘Fanie Fourie’s Lobola’


Zethu Dlomo is an up-and-coming South African actress who recently starred as Dinky Magubane in romantic comedy Fanie Fourie’s Lobola. Read More »

Movie Review: ‘Fanie Fourie’s Lobola’

Fanie Fourie’s Lobola

When two people from completely different cultures fall in love, you can expect misunderstandings and culture clashes, but when those people come from South Africa, one of the most divided and diverse countries on the planet, be assured that disaster and hilarity will ensue. Fanie Fourie (Eduan van Jaarsveldt) is in a pickle. His brother’s wedding is looming and to ... Read More »

Movie review: ‘We Are the Best’

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We Are the Best! (original Swedish title Vi är bäst!) is an uplifting story of innocence, friendship and love. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Bird Box’ by Josh Malerman

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A highly original debut horror novel. Read More »

Music Review: Qiet – ‘Pet Driftwood (Composition #8)’

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I give 'Pet Driftwood (Composition #8)' five out five stars and recommend it to everyone. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Pandemonium’ by Lauren Oliver


The second volume in Oliver's Delirium trilogy proves even stronger than the first. Read More »

Movie Review: ‘Fire in the Blood’

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Fire in the Blood is a powerful, important film that will be released on DVD in the UK on 24 March 2014. I highly recommend the film and give it five out of five stars. Read More »