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Codes and conventions of review pages By John Mania
Titles and dates• The titles are larger and in bold to make it obvious that they’re the titles• They are placed at the top of the review page• The release date of the film is normally near the top of the review, most likely the top left hand corner.
Captions• The captions are normally an addition the review puts to give the reader a quick insight into the film• Normally in a different font such as italic• Could be near the top of the review page under the title or in the middle of the review
Plot• The plot is normally within the first paragraph of the review.• Short and without extraneous details to let the reader know what the film is about.
Directors/Actors/Characters etc.• The directors/ actors and various other members of the film are usually placed at the top of the review• If the reader recognises the director this may attract the reader to watch the film or continue reading i.e. Steven Speilberg
Review• The review normally takes the majority of the page• Normally in great detail• Should not be biased, giving a fair balanced review/opinion of the film
Screen shot/Pictures• The review page will contain a screen shot of the actual film within the review to give the reader a greater understanding of the film at first glance• The picture normally takes up half of the review page
Rating• Deepening on the magazine/newspaper etc. The rating can be placed at the bottom or top of the review page but is normally placed within a corner.• The rating is the reviewers own interpretation on the film and may be subject to discretion