• Film Review: The Upside

    The Upside, Neil Burger’s remake of 2011’s Les Intouchables, is sentimental yet sufficiently charming. Recently out of jail, Dell needs to prove he has been looking for work. Wealthy quadriplegic […]

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  • Film Review: The Spy Who Dumped Me

    Susanna Fogel’s The Spy Who Dumped Me is a by-the-numbers action comedy. Whilst it is suitably distracting, the film is not particularly memorable.   Audrey and her best friend Morgan […]

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  • Film Review: The House That Jack Built

    The House That Jack Built is every inch the Lars von Trier film. The provocative satire should prove rewarding for those receptive to it. Jack is a serial killer. He […]

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  • Film Review: Mortal Engines

    Christian Rivers’ Mortal Engines is very much a case of style over substance. Whilst the film offers spectacle, the poor writing scuppers enjoyment. In a world where cities are roaming […]

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  • Film Review: Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is an inventive, adventurous, and incredibly entertaining film. When teenager Miles Morales gets bitten by a spider, he becomes the Spider-Man of his reality. When a […]

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  • Film Review: Disobedience

    Director and co-writer Sebastián Lelio’s Disobedience is skilfully crafted, with great performances from its leads. Ronit returns to the Jewish orthodox community that shunned her several years before. In town for […]

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  • Film Review: Creed II

    Director Steven Caple Jr.’s sequel Creed II hits all the expected notes, but does it well enough to get viewers onside. The film is immensely entertaining. A few years after his breakout […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • Previews: Creed II Clip, Uglydolls, More!

    Lots of film-related goodness in this week’s preview of coming attractions, including a new Creed II clip, Uglydolls, Missing Link, and more… Creed II Clip Here is a brand new […]

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  • LFF 2018 Highlights Part 2

    With another BFI London Film Festival reaching its conclusion tonight, there have been some fantastic films this year. The best films of the first week of the festival can be […]

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Film Review: Mayfair

Director Sara Blecher’s Mayfair has some interesting ideas swirling round, even if the execution is not perfect. After losing his job as an international aid worker, Zaid returns to his hometown of Mayfair in Johannesburg. His father’s business is in trouble, owing money to some dangerous people. Zaid reluctantly steps in to help… Directed by Sara Blecher with a screenplay by Neil […]

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Film Review: The Favourite

Yorgos Lanthimos hits the target once more with the brilliant The Favourite. The film is Lanthimos’ most enjoyable to date.  It is the early 18th century, and England is at war with France. Queen Anne, in an ailing state, is guided by her friend and confidant Lady Sarah. When Lady Sarah’s cousin arrives, there is an upheaval at court… Directed […]

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Film Review: The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

Terry Gilliam’s long-awaited The Man Who Killed Don Quixote features all the hallmarks we have come to expect from the filmmaker. The film is imperfect but endearing. Director Toby is having trouble filming an adaption of Cervantes’ Don Quixote. He gets inspiration from his student film adaptation, which sets him off on quite the adventure… Several years after the project […]

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Film Review: Outlaw King

David Mackenzie’s Outlaw King is a solid historical action drama. The film boasts good performances and production values.  In 1304, King Edward’s army has triumphed in Scotland, and has forced Scottish lords to pledge their allegiance to the English king. Robert the Bruce decides to fight back against English rule, but he is vastly outnumbered… Director and co-writer David Mackenzie […]

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Film Review: The Fight

Jessica Hynes directorial debut is a character-driven drama. Despite some small qualms, The Fight works for the most part.  Life is tough for Tina. She and her husband are struggling to juggle their full-time jobs whilst looking after their children. Tina’s mother is threatening to leave her father, and her daughter is being bullied at school… Written, directed by and starring […]

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Film Review: The Cannibal Club (O Clube dos Canibais)

Guto Parente’s The Cannibal Club (O Clube dos Canibais) is an unsubtle satire on Brazil’s ultra-wealthy society. The film is a dark, unsettling watch. Octavio and Gilda live a privileged existence. Separated from the rest of society in their protected mansion, the wealthy couple have an usual predilection. Their servants are also their prospective next meal… Writer-director Guto Parente delivers […]

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