Film Review: Queen of Katwe

Director Mira Nair’s film is infectious in its positivity. Queen of Katwe is a heartwarming picture. Phiona is growing up in the slums of Katwe, Kampala, living with her mother and siblings. When she unexpectedly discovers the game of chess, Phiona seems like a natural. With the support of her coach, Phiona excels, despite home troubles… Telling the true story […]

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Film Review: Ovarian Psycos

Documentary Ovarian Psycos features an interesting premise, but not enough of a hook to sustain interest throughout its duration. The Ovarian Psycos are a collective of young women of colour in East Los Angeles. With their vivid imagery, the group meet for bicycle rides. They fight prejudices in their neighbourhoods as well as providing a sense of belonging for their […]

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Film Review: La La Land

From the opening sequence, it is obvious that La La Land is something special. Damien Chazelle does not disappoint with his follow-up to Whiplash. Mia is an aspiring actress, serving coffee in between auditions. Sebastian is a jazz pianist, hoping to open his own jazz club. The pair collide as they chase their dreams in Los Angeles… Damien Chazelle generated […]

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Film Review: American Honey

American Honey is a new American road movie. Andrea Arnold proves once more why she is such an exciting director. Hoping to escape her less than ideal life, teenager Star joins a travelling magazine sales crew. As they travel across the Midwest, Star gets caught up in the partying and the nomadic lifestyle… Writer-director Andrea Arnold’s American Honey combines aspects of a […]

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Film Review: Divines

Houda Benyamina’s Divines packs quite a punch. The film is engrossing throughout. From a poor, dysfunctional family, teenager Dounia’s constant is her relationship with best friend Maimouna. Eyeing a bigger prize than schooling will teach her, Dounia wants to escape the lack of opportunity afforded by her upbringing… Director and co-writer Houda Benyamina has created an attention-grabbing film with Divines. The film […]

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