Film Review: La La Land

From the opening sequence, it is obvious that La La Land is something special. Damien Chazelle does not disappoint with his follow-up to Whiplash. Mia is an aspiring actress, serving coffee in between auditions. Sebastian is a jazz pianist, hoping to open his own jazz club. The pair collide as they chase their dreams in Los Angeles… Damien Chazelle generated […]

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Film Review: American Honey

American Honey is a new American road movie. Andrea Arnold proves once more why she is such an exciting director. Hoping to escape her less than ideal life, teenager Star joins a travelling magazine sales crew. As they travel across the Midwest, Star gets caught up in the partying and the nomadic lifestyle… Writer-director Andrea Arnold’s American Honey combines aspects of a […]

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Film Review: Divines

Houda Benyamina’s Divines packs quite a punch. The film is engrossing throughout. From a poor, dysfunctional family, teenager Dounia’s constant is her relationship with best friend Maimouna. Eyeing a bigger prize than schooling will teach her, Dounia wants to escape the lack of opportunity afforded by her upbringing… Director and co-writer Houda Benyamina has created an attention-grabbing film with Divines. The film […]

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Film Review: A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls is an emotional fantasy drama. It is a film about storytelling, and it is wonderfully crafted. Conor is struggling to deal with his mother’s illness, whilst having a tough time at school. When a monster comes to visit him just after midnight, hoping to teach Connor the truth through stories… Based on novel by Patrick Ness, A Monster […]

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Film Review: Christine

Antonio Campos’ Christine fleshes out the character behind the headlines. The film is a competent production with a great central performance. Christine Chubbuck is a news journalist on a local television network in the 1970s. She is intent on delivering compelling stories, but faces the remonstrations of her boss. Meanwhile, she faces issues in her personal life. Christine is a […]

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Film Review: War on Everyone

John Michael McDonagh’s War on Everyone is an entertaining buddy cop movie with a fizzing script. The cast and setting should ensure the filmmaker reaches a wider audience, and deservedly so. Bob and Terry are corrupt cops in New Mexico. The pair regularly frame criminal and steal evidence. The pair may have met their match, however, with an adversary who […]

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