• Film Review: A Caribbean Dream

    Shakirah Bourne’s A Caribbean Dream is an amiable reimagining of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In Barbados, Hermia is set to marry Demetrius, even though she is in love […]

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  • Film Review: The Mercy

    James Marsh’s The Mercy offers strong performances and decent storytelling. The only real fault is that the film eschews the most fascinating aspect of the story. When he hears about […]

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  • Film Review: Last Flag Flying

    On paper, Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying looks like a winner. However, the actual film is a hit and miss affair, despite the talent involved. Thirty years after they served […]

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  • Film Review: The Commuter

    Jaume Collet-Serra’s The Commuter is very much a Liam Neeson action thriller. As such it is a bit silly but entertaining throughout. Michael MacCauley is an insurance salesman who has done the […]

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  • Film Review: Leatherface

    Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury’s Leatherface certainly offers the gore viewers may expect. However, the film fails to match the terror of its progenitor. Young Jed Sawyer is taken away […]

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  • Film Review: Persona

    Ingmar Bergman’s 1966 classic Persona has an ageless quality. The film offers a mystery which will intrigue viewers throughout. Nurse Alma is tasked with looking after Elisabet, an actress who […]

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  • Previews: Dark River Poster, Oceans 8, More!

    Plenty in this pre-Christmas preview of coming events, including the new Dark River poster, Gringo, Oceans 8, and more… Dark River Poster Here is the new Dark River poster. The […]

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  • Film Review: The Binding

    Gus Krieger’s The Binding is a decent thriller. The film loses momentum at times, but is engaging for the most part and offers nervy finale. With a young baby, Sarah […]

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  • Film Review: The Unseen

    Writer-director Gary Sinyor’s The Unseen works well to build atmosphere for the first two thirds, but is let down by a risible final act. Gemma and Will are struggling to […]

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  • Film Review: Anna

    Michael Crum’s low-budget horror Anna lacks the scares which would make a decent genre film. Two friends decide to steal a doll from a paranormal museum, hoping to capture its supernatural […]

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Film Review: Ingrid Goes West

Director Matt Spicer’s feature debut Ingrid Goes West is a well-written comedy. The film is very contemporary and a lot of fun. Ingrid Thorburn has a history of mistaking social media interactions for real friendship. When Ingrid moves to Los Angeles, she attempts to ingratiate herself into the life of rising social media star Taylor Sloane… With Ingrid Goes West, […]

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Film Review: The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

With The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), Noah Baumbach delivers another great comedy drama. Strong performances and excellent writing combine to generate a absorbing picture.  Harold Meyerowitz is a retired sculptor and a dysfunctional father. His adult children try to organise an exhibition of his work, but are hindered by their relationships with each other, Harold’s wife Maureen, and Harold himself… Writer-director […]

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Film Review: Manifesto

Julian Rosefeldt’s Manifesto has promise, but ultimately fails to connect with viewers. For all the ideas the film extols, the end result is noticeably flat. Numerous characters extol the words of different theorists, critics, and artists who have each written a manifesto on art. The subjects range from architecture to conceptual art, from originality to the point of art itself. Written […]

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Film Review: Jailbreak

Director and co-writer Jimmy Henderson’s Jailbreak is a fun and sometimes silly action thriller. The fight choreography is great, but is let down by other aspects. A special task force are charged with escorting a key witness to a notorious jail. Would should be a straightforward mission turns to chaos, with a bounty on the witness’s head and a jail full of dangerous […]

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Film Review: Mudbound

Dee Rees’ drama Mudbound has a poetic quality that is immensely appealing. The film is well directed and finely acted. Two families live in rural Mississippi; one black, one white. Both have young men who are sent to fight in World War II. Although their war experiences are similar, their home life is ever segregated… Based on the novel by […]

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Film Review: Spoor

Director and co-writer Agnieszka Holland’s Spoor is thoroughly entertaining mystery, with the right amount of intrigue, suspense, and humour.  Animal rights crusader Janina Duszejko lives alone on the Polish-Czech border. When a series of crimes occur in the quiet region, Duszejko is convinced she knows who is responsible, if only the police would believe her… Based on the novel by Olga […]

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Film Review: Brigsby Bear

Director Dave McCary’s feature debut Brigsby Bear is a funny and surprisingly heart-warming film. McCary and writers Kevin Costello and Kyle Mooney get the tone right.  James is obsessed with children’s television show Brigsby Bear. The show abruptly ends when James’ life changes drastically. Nevertheless, he sets out Given the subject matter, there are a number of ways in which the film […]

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