Film Review: Sieranevada

Cristi Puiu’s Sieranevada is a kitchen sink comedy drama that would have been excellent if it had been tighter. Doctor Lary and his wife are on their way to a family gathering. Lary’s family are coming together for a lunch and commemoration. As the family prepare for the service, they await guests and welcome unexpected arrivals… Writer-director Cristi Puiu’s Sieranevada is a chamber piece […]

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LFF 2016 Highlights Part 1

It is now a week into the 60th BFI London Film Festival, and so far it has offered some cinematic delights. Here are some LFF 2016 highlights from the first week of screenings… LFF 2016 Highlights – Unmissable La La Land From the opening sequence, it is obvious that La La Land is something special. Damien Chazelle does not disappoint […]

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Film Review: Arrival

Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival brings the spectacle and wonder. For the most part, the film is an engrossing watch. When mystery spacecrafts land on Earth, linguist Louise Banks is asked to try and communicate with the vessel in the USA. Teams across the globe face a race against time to find answers… Based on the short story by Ted Chiang, Arrival combines science […]

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Film Review: A Quiet Passion

Terence Davies’ Emily Dickinson biopic is witty and beautifully shot. A Quiet Passion is a sincere portrait of the poet. Young Emily Dickinson’s views are at odds with the teachings of her religious school. As she grows up, her love of writing poetry grows, as does her reluctance to confirm to the social mores of the period… Writer-director Terence Davies […]

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Film Review: Queen of Katwe

Director Mira Nair’s film is infectious in its positivity. Queen of Katwe is a heartwarming picture. Phiona is growing up in the slums of Katwe, Kampala, living with her mother and siblings. When she unexpectedly discovers the game of chess, Phiona seems like a natural. With the support of her coach, Phiona excels, despite home troubles… Telling the true story […]

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