Film Review: Siberia

Director Matthew Ross’ thriller Siberia offers a suitably engaging first half. The second half derailment makes for an ultimately unsatisfying film.  Lucas Hill, an American diamond trader, travels to Russia to negotiate a deal to sell rare diamonds to a Russian businessman. When his contact goes missing, Lucas finds himself in Siberia trying to salvage the deal… With its stylised […]

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Film Review: The Grinch

Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier’s adaptation of The Grinch is an entertaining affair. The film should prove enjoyable to both children and adults, even if it is forgettable. The Grinch hates Christmas. When he finds out the residents of Whoville are planning an even bigger celebration for the festive season, he puts a plan in motion to steal Christmas… Illumination’s […]

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Film Review: United Skates

Dyana Winkler and Tina Brown’s United Skates is a thoroughly entertaining documentary. The film is a very impressive debut from the directors. Roller skating is a popular subculture in the African-American community across the United States. The film explores the history and culture of skating, and highlights why rinks are now under threat…  First time directors Winkler and Brown have […]

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Film Review: Cam

Daniel Goldhaber’s Cam is a nervy thriller. The taut atmosphere is only let down by a slightly disappointing finale.  Alice is a cam girl, putting on shows as her alter ego Lola for a website that ranks girls according to their popularity with viewers. When she finds her channel stolen by a doppelgänger, she struggle to figure out what is happening… […]

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Film Review: Unsettling

Iris Zaki’s Unsettling is a revealing documentary. By speaking to Israeli settlers on the West Bank, the film shines a light on a controversial topic. Filmmaker Iris Zaki creates a pop-up studio in Tekoa, an Israeli settlement on the West Bank. None of the inhabitants are that keen to talk to the media, but eventually some are willing to have […]

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Film Review: The Sisters Brothers

  Jacques Audiard’s The Sisters Brothers is a reflective western. By subverting some of the genre tropes, Audiard has created an interesting addition to the field. Eli and Charlie Sisters are assassins for hire. Working for Oregon’s commodore, the brothers are tasked with tracking down a prospector who has fled to California… Based on the book by Patrick DeWitt, The Sisters […]

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