Film Review: Etangs Noirs

Timeau De Keyser and Pieter Dumoulin’s Etangs Noirs is an unsettling mystery. The film is engaging, even if it’s not wholly satisfying. When Jimi receives a parcel mistakenly delivered to him, he attempts to deliver it to the correct recipient. When she is not home to receive it, Jimi becomes obsessed with delivering the package… From an innocuous-sounding premise, Etangs […]

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Film Review: Sunset

László Nemes’ Sunset is a captivating watch. The director’s sophomore feature is an entrancing mystery drama. In 1913, the eve of World War I, the Austro-Hungarian Empire is nearing its end. Írisz Leiter  returns to Budapest, hoping to secure a job a the hat shop which was established by her parents… Directed and co-written by Nemes (with Clara Royer and […]

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LFF 2018 Highlights Part 1

It is approximately the half way point of the BFI London Film Festival, and there have been some excellent films screened so far. Here are some LFF 2018 highlights from the first week… LFF 2018 Highlights – Unmissable Widows Director Steve McQueen kicked off the festival with a bang with the gripping Widows. There is so much to love about Widows […]

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Film Review: Fahrenheit 11/9

Michael Moore’s exploration of the current US political era is more a call to action than a documentary. Fahrenheit 11/9 is passionate and thought provoking in any case.  Michael Moore’s film looks at a number of aspects of the last few years in American politics. The film is concerned with how Donald Trump ran for president, the Political system, and socio-political […]

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Film Review: Non-Fiction

Oliver Assayas’ Non-Fiction is a witty and endearing exploration of life, truth, and publishing. The film is a most satisfying watch. Author Léonard hopes that publisher Alain to take on his latest manuscript. Alain is worried about the future of the publishing industry in the digital age. Léonard meanwhile is concerned with the perception of his work, as well as his […]

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Film Review: Roma

Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma is beautifully shot. Yet for all its allure, the film may leave viewers wanting something more. Cleo works as a maid for a middle class family in 1970s Roma, Mexico. Cleo must attend to the family during a time of upheaval, whilst also living her own life… Based on his own childhood memories, writer-director Alfonso Cuarón has […]

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Film Review: Wildlife

Paul Dano’s directorial debut Wildlife is an accomplished drama, driven in large part by Carey Mulligan’s central performance.  When his father loses his job, teenager Joe’s happy family life starts to unravel. With his father out of work, Joe’s mother starts to worry about the family finances… Set in Montana in 1960, Wildlife is a drama about family issues. The […]

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Film Review: The Spy Gone North

Yoon Jong-bin’s espionage drama The Spy Gone North is an engaging and elucidating watch, even though it sags slightly in the middle third.  In the early 1990s, it is reported that North Korea is developing nuclear weapons. South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) decide to task an agent with infiltrating the North Korean regime, to get a better picture of their […]

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