Film Review: Thelma

Director and co-writer Joachim Trier’s Thelma is an engaging psychological thriller. It is an enjoyable watch, despite some breaks in momentum. From a conservative Christian family, Thelma is leaving home to attend university. There she forms an attachment to a friend, but at the same time starts to experience strange phenomena… Written by Joachim Trier and Eskil Vogt, Thelma mixes a […]

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Film Review: Downsizing

Alexander Payne’s Downsizing is a satire on the environmental issues and society at large. It is entertaining and thought-provoking, but not entirely satisfying. Occupational therapist Paul lives in a world where it is possible to shrink people down to live in tiny communities, in order to address overpopulation concerns. The more Paul finds out about this new society, the more […]

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Film Review: The Lovers

Azazel Jacobs’ The Lovers is at times poignant, often funny, and always watchable. The film boasts great performances from its cast. Mary and Michael have been married for a long time. They are both in secret affairs, waiting for their son to visit before having the talk. Just before he arrives, a spark between them reignites… The Lovers functions as a love […]

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Film Review: Cargo

Gilles Coulier’s North Sea-set drama Cargo is a slow burner, but offers a satisfying pay off. When their ageing father falls ill, it is up to three brothers to decide what happens next. Jean sees the debt of his father’s business, and worries about his own son. Francis is concerned with a private relationship. Then black sheep William returns… Cargo is a […]

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Film Review: Lucky

Directed by John Lynch Carroll and starring Harry Dean Stanton in his second and final leading role, Lucky feels like an ode to character actors. Lucky is a Navy veteran and a man of routine. When he falls at home, he must face the fact that his health will decline. With the reassessment of his condition, Lucky must examine what […]

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