• Film Review: Angel Heart

    Alan Parker’s neo-noir thriller Angel Heart is rightly considered a classic. Parker’s nightmarish vision is just as indelible over thirty years later. Private investigator Harry Angel is hired by a […]

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  • Film Review: Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    Director Michael Dougherty’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters is something of a po-faced monster movie. The emphasis on the human characters weighs the film down. It has been five years […]

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  • LFF 2019 Highlights Part 2

    With the 63rd BFI London Film Festival drawing to a close tonight, there have been a lot of wonderful movies this year. The best films of the first week can […]

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  • Film Review: Jacob, Mimmi and the Talking Dogs

    Edmunds Jansons’ Jacob, Mimmi and the Talking Dogs is an amiable animated adventure with a strong message at its core. When his father goes on a business trip, Jacob goes […]

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  • Film Review: Judy & Punch

    Mirrah Foulkes’ Judy & Punch is an impressive fairy tale. Boasting a distinctive atmosphere and strong performances, the film is an engrossing watch.  In the town of Seaside (which is […]

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  • Film Review: A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood

    Director Marielle Heller’s A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood is a reflective and at times touching drama.  Writer Lloyd Vogel is assigned to complete a small profile on children’s television […]

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  • Film Review: So You Think You Know How It Ends

    The following short films are being screened as part of the When You Think You Know How It Ends programme at this year’s London Film Festival. Be Still My Beating […]

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  • Film Review: Waves

    Trey Edward Shults’ Waves is tender, powerful, and finely executed.  High school wrestler Tyler struggles with balancing practice, family life, and his relationship with his girlfriend. His sister Emily, meanwhile, […]

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  • Film Review: First Love

    Takashi Miike’s First Love is an incredibly fun action movie. The veteran filmmaker has not lost his touch. Leo is a young boxer who is given a life-changing diagnosis. He […]

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  • Film Review: The Juniper Tree

    Nietzchka Keene’s 1990 debut The Juniper Tree is an atmospheric fantasy. Keene builds the film incredibly well to its dark conclusion.  After their mother is killed for witchcraft, sisters Katla […]

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Film Review: Family Romance LLC

Werner Herzog’s documentary style drama Family Romance LLC depicts a bizarre but fascinating phenomenon. The film is both amusing and disquieting. Yuichi Ishii runs a company offering an usual service. Ishii offers fake family members; actors who pretend to be relatives to fulfil their clients wishes… Family Romance LLC focuses on a very interesting, and for many alien concept; hiring out […]

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LFF 2019 Highlights Part 1

It is about half way through this year’s BFI London Film Festival, and some wonderful films have been shown so far. Here are some LFF 2019 highlights from the first week… LFF 2019 Highlights – Unmissable The Last Black Man in San Francisco Joe Talbot’s The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a funny, moving, thought-provoking, and outstanding debut. The film is […]

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Film Review: The Warden

Nima Javidi’s The Warden is a well-crafted drama that combines thrills with pensiveness. A fairly simple premise is executed with skill. Major Jahed is the warden of a prison which is about to be demolished. In line for a big promotion, Jahed is responsible for transfer the prisoners. When one goes missing, Jahed and his staff race against time to […]

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Film Review: My Extraordinary Summer with Tess

Steven Wouterlood’s My Extraordinary Summer with Tess (Mijn Bijzonder Rare Week met Tess) is a family-friendly drama which should prove entertaining for all ages. Ten-year-old Sam and his family are spending their summer vacation on a Dutch island. When Sam meets Tess, an interesting but rather strange girl. As the pair become friends, Sam finds out about Tess’ secret… Based […]

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Film Review: Real

Aki Omoshaybi’s Real is a competent debut. The slice-of life-drama boasts great storytelling.  When Kyle meets Jamie in a chance encounter, she is initially reluctant to give him her number. As the couple’s relationship develops, they are both hidings things from the other… Written and directed by, and starring, Aki Omoshaybi, Real is an accomplished debut. Omoshaybi keeps the action […]

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Film Review: Marriage Story

Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story is a top-drawer drama with outstanding performances from its leads. The film is heart-wrenching, observant, and very real.  Charlie and Nicole’s marriage has come to an end. The couple navigate divorce proceedings and custody of their son at a fraught time… Writer-director Noah Baumbach has made a career of focusing on the relationships of people, be […]

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Film Review: The Prince’s Voyage

Jean-François Laguionie and Xavier Picard’s The Prince’s Voyage (Le Voyage Du Prince) is an enchanting animated tale.  12-year-old Tom discovers a wounded monkey on the beach. When he comes around, the older simian claims to be a prince from another land… A follow-up to 1999’s A Monkey’s Tale (although the film works perfectly as a standalone picture), The Prince’s Voyage is a […]

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Film Review: Blackbird

Director Roger Michell’s drama Blackbird features a stellar cast on excellent form.  Lily has a terminal illness and is in decline. She gathers her family together for one last weekend before she dies… Focusing on a terminally ill woman who wishes to take her life before her condition worsens, Blackbird functions as a last supper for protagonist and her family. […]

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Film Review: Little Monsters

Writer-director Abe Forsythe’s Little Monsters is an entertaining, if forgettable, zombie comedy. The film’s leads are a definite plus. Dave agrees to chaperone his nephew’s class trip, after he takes a shine to the teacher Miss Caroline. The pair must protect the children when an zombie outbreak occurs… The narrative of Little Monsters follows Dave, an adult who clearly needs to […]

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Film Review: Jojo Rabbit

Taika Waititi’s gentle satire Jojo Rabbit delivers its message with a humour and a surprising amount of heart.  Young Jojo is a member of the Hitler Youth. Living in Germany towards the end of World War II, Jojo’s best friend is an imaginary Adolf Hitler. When Jojo makes a discovery, he must confront his blind nationalism… Written and directed by […]

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