• 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: Stan & Ollie

    Jon S. Baird’s Stan & Ollie is a lovingly-crafted portrait of the comedy duo. The strong performances certainly add to this. It is 1953, and comedy double act Stan Laurel […]

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  • Film Review: United Skates

    Dyana Winkler and Tina Brown’s United Skates is a thoroughly entertaining documentary. The film is a very impressive debut from the directors. Roller skating is a popular subculture in the […]

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  • Film Review: Can You Ever Forgive Me?

    Marielle Heller’s Can You Ever Forgive Me? is an enjoyable comedy drama. The film is often funny, and at times moving. Writer Lee Israel is down on her luck. After […]

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  • Film Review: If Beale Street Could Talk

    Barry Jenkins has created one of the best films of the year with the beguiling If Beale Street Could Talk. The film is powerful viewing. In 1970s Harlem, Tish and […]

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  • Film Review: Cam

    Daniel Goldhaber’s Cam is a nervy thriller. The taut atmosphere is only let down by a slightly disappointing finale.  Alice is a cam girl, putting on shows as her alter ego […]

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  • Film Review: Unsettling

    Iris Zaki’s Unsettling is a revealing documentary. By speaking to Israeli settlers on the West Bank, the film shines a light on a controversial topic. Filmmaker Iris Zaki creates a […]

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  • Film Review: The Sisters Brothers

      Jacques Audiard’s The Sisters Brothers is a reflective western. By subverting some of the genre tropes, Audiard has created an interesting addition to the field. Eli and Charlie Sisters are […]

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Film Review: Mandy

Panos Cosmatos’ Mandy is quite the trip. At its best moments, the film is dazzling. Red and Mandy live an idyllic existence in their secluded home in the forest. When a nefarious group crosses them, the couple are plunged into a nightmare…  Director and co-writer Panos Cosmatos has crafted a revenge thriller with its own unique flair. The premise is fairly […]

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Film Review: Widows

Steve McQueen’s Widows is a brilliant thriller, and a testament to the director’s cinematic mastery. The film is a tour de force.  After a robbery goes wrong, the wives of criminals find themselves in debt to the wrong people. The women decide to take their fate into their own hands with an audacious plan… There is so much to love […]

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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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