• Film Review: Assassination Nation

    Sam Levinson’s Assassination Nation is an entertaining satire. The film is brash, outlandish, and a lot of fun.  Lily and her three friends are just four ordinary teens at high […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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  • Film Review: The Breaker Upperers

    Jackie van Beek and Madeleine Sami’s comedy The Breaker Upperers is a sprightly and amiable affair.  Jen and Mel provide something of an usual service. The pair help people break […]

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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 […]

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  • Film Review: Maki’la

    Machérie Ekwa Bahango’s Maki’la is an engaging drama. The film is an authentic portrait of a tragic situation. Maki’la has been living hand to mouth in Kinshasa for a long […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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  • Film Review: Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro Felice)

    Alice Rohrwacher’s Happy As Lazzaro (Lazzaro Felice) is a time-bending tale. The concept is great, even if the execution does not always pay off. Lazzaro is a sweet-natured young man who […]

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Previews: Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Trailer, More!

Plenty in this week’s preview of coming attractions, including the new Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse trailer, Fahrenheit 11/9, and more… Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Trailer Here is the latest Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse trailer. The film is produced by The LEGO Movie‘s Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, and features a mix of computer-generated and hand-drawn animation. The cast includes Shameik Moore, Jake […]

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Previews: Creed II Trailer, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, More!

Some hotly-anticipated films in this week’s preview of coming attractions, including the brand new Creed II trailer, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, First Man, and more… Creed II Trailer The new Creed II trailer was released today. The sequel to the very successful Creed, the film sees Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, and Tessa Thompson returning. They are joined by Dolph Lundgren, […]

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Film Review: Faces Places

Agnès Varda and JR’s Faces Places is a satisfying picture. The film is thought provoking, yet with a wonderfully sprightly texture. Filmmaker Agnès Varda and artist JR decide to collaborate on a project. The unlikely pair embark on a journey through France, visiting small towns and taking pictures of their inhabitants… Veteran filmmaker Agnès Varda collaborating with photographer and installation artist […]

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Film Review: King of Thieves

James Marsh’s King of Thieves is a broadly enjoyable crime caper drama. The second half of the film falters, compared to a peppier first half.  An ageing group of crooks contemplate an audacious job. Hatton Garden is the home of jewellery district. The group decide to pull off a heist that could earn them millions… Telling the story behind the […]

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BFI London Film Festival 2018 Launch

Today saw the BFI London Film Festival 2018 launch. Now in its 62nd year, the festival is screening 225 feature films, including 21 world premieres. Here are some highlights from the festival programme… Headline Galas The Opening and Closing Gala films had already been announced. The BFI London Film Festival 2018 opens with Steve McQueen’s hotly anticipated Widows, starring Viola […]

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Film Review: Cold War

Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War is an engaging and beautifully filmed drama. The protagonists may be flawed, but the presentation certainly is not.  Wiktor and Zulu first meet in 1950s Poland. They are drawn to one another, despite their different temperaments. Their love is tested by politics, personalities, and twists of fate… Director and co-writer Pawel Pawlikowski sets a fraught love […]

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Film Review: Distant Voices, Still Lives

Terence Davies’ 1988 award-winning Distant Voices, Still Lives gets a 4K restoration for its 30th anniversary re-release. The film deserves its considerable acclaim. A family growing up in 1940s and 1950s Liverpool go through the spectrum of human experience. Distant Voices concentrates on the father and his impact on the family, whilst Still Lives focuses on the children… Terence Davies’ […]

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Previews: The Happytime Murders Clip, Climax, More!

Plenty in this week’s preview of coming attractions, including a brand new The Happytime Murders clip, Climax, Widows, and more… The Happytime Murders Clip Here is the latest The Happytime Murders clip. Directed by Brian Henson, the film stars Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, and a host of puppets. Set in a world where humans co-exist with puppets, the film is […]

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Film Review: A Quiet Place

John Krasinski’s horror A Quiet Place is a great example of a decent premise that is finely executed. The film is very entertaining. In a post-apocolayptic world, a family struggles to survive. Monsters with super sensitive hearing have wiped out most of the population, and the family must not make a sound if they want to survive… With minimal dialogue, A […]

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