Film Review: Mayfair

Director Sara Blecher’s Mayfair has some interesting ideas swirling round, even if the execution is not perfect. After losing his job as an international aid worker, Zaid returns to his hometown of Mayfair in Johannesburg. His father’s business is in trouble, owing money to some dangerous people. Zaid reluctantly steps in to help… Directed by Sara Blecher with a screenplay by Neil […]

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Film Review: The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

Terry Gilliam’s long-awaited The Man Who Killed Don Quixote features all the hallmarks we have come to expect from the filmmaker. The film is imperfect but endearing. Director Toby is having trouble filming an adaption of Cervantes’ Don Quixote. He gets inspiration from his student film adaptation, which sets him off on quite the adventure… Several years after the project […]

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Film Review: Outlaw King

David Mackenzie’s Outlaw King is a solid historical action drama. The film boasts good performances and production values.  In 1304, King Edward’s army has triumphed in Scotland, and has forced Scottish lords to pledge their allegiance to the English king. Robert the Bruce decides to fight back against English rule, but he is vastly outnumbered… Director and co-writer David Mackenzie […]

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Film Review: The Fight

Jessica Hynes directorial debut is a character-driven drama. Despite some small qualms, The Fight works for the most part.  Life is tough for Tina. She and her husband are struggling to juggle their full-time jobs whilst looking after their children. Tina’s mother is threatening to leave her father, and her daughter is being bullied at school… Written, directed by and starring […]

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Film Review: The Cannibal Club (O Clube dos Canibais)

Guto Parente’s The Cannibal Club (O Clube dos Canibais) is an unsubtle satire on Brazil’s ultra-wealthy society. The film is a dark, unsettling watch. Octavio and Gilda live a privileged existence. Separated from the rest of society in their protected mansion, the wealthy couple have an usual predilection. Their servants are also their prospective next meal… Writer-director Guto Parente delivers […]

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