LFF 2016 Highlights Part 2

The BFI London Film Festival has come to a close after another year of some striking and wonderful films. Some brilliant films have already screened in the first week. Here is part 2 of the LFF 2016 highlights… LFF 2016 Unmissable Nocturnal Animals Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals is a sumptuous and tense film. The director keeps viewers captivated throughout. Ford’s wonderful directorial debut A […]

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Film Review: Free Fire

After the disappointing High-Rise, Ben Wheatley impresses with Free Fire. The film is contagiously fun. In Boston in the late 1970s, Justine brokers an arms deal between two gangs. The deal is set to take place in an abandoned warehouse. What should be a simple transaction turns into something else entirely… Writer-director Ben Wheatley and co-writer Amy Jump have created […]

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Film Review: Lake Bodom (Bodom)

Lake Bodom (Bodom) is a very entertaining horror-thriller. The film defies expectations, in a tantalising way. In 1960, a group of teenagers were stabbed to death whilst sleeping in their tent. The crime was never solved, which led to speculation and urban legend. Years later, another group of teenagers visit the site, hoping to recreate the murder scene and discover […]

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Film Review: Snowden

Oliver Stone’s Snowden mixes biopic with political thriller. It is an enjoyable enough watch. In June 2013, Edward Snowden meets with filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald in a hotel room in Hong Kong. Intelligence contractor Snowden wishes to blow the whistle on mass surveillance techniques by the NSA… How do you make a recent and very well publicised […]

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Film Review: Brimstone

Martin Koolhoven’s film is unrelenting and unforgiving. Brimstone can be difficult to watch, but it enthrals nevertheless. Liz provides a midwifery service, along with her young daughter, for the women in her village. When a new preacher arrives in town, Liz immediately fears that she and her family are in danger… Brutish and bruising, Brimstone is a thriller that does not […]

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Film Review: The Ghoul

Gareth Tunley’s The Ghoul is a flexuous thriller. The film is patchy, but for the most part enjoyable. Chris, a homicide detective, goes undercover to investigate a murder. He poses a patient for a psychotherapist to garner information on a suspect, but the line between the real and the imagined begin to blur… Writer-director Gareth Tunley has created a jagged psychological thriller […]

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Film Review: Lion

Garth Davis’ Lion is a genuinely emotional drama with great performances from its cast. After becoming separated from his older brother, Saroo finds himself alone on the streets of Calcutta. Dodging the danger all around him, Saroo is eventually adopted by an Australian couple. Years later, Saroo hopes to track down the family he was separated from… Based on Saroo […]

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Film Review: Prevenge

Alice Lowe’s black comedy Prevenge is a fun watch. A quirky premise is transformed into an entertaining film. Heavily-pregnant Ruth is on a mission. She is full of murderous rage, and hellbent on getting revenge. Ruth’s unsuspecting victims have no idea what is in for them… Writer, director, and star Alice Lowe has created an off-the-wall dark comedy with Prevenge. […]

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