Film Review: Wildlife

Paul Dano’s directorial debut Wildlife is an accomplished drama, driven in large part by Carey Mulligan’s central performance.  When his father loses his job, teenager Joe’s happy family life starts to unravel. With his father out of work, Joe’s mother starts to worry about the family finances… Set in Montana in 1960, Wildlife is a drama about family issues. The […]

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Film Review: The Spy Gone North

Yoon Jong-bin’s espionage drama The Spy Gone North is an engaging and elucidating watch, even though it sags slightly in the middle third.  In the early 1990s, it is reported that North Korea is developing nuclear weapons. South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) decide to task an agent with infiltrating the North Korean regime, to get a better picture of their […]

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Film Review: Border (Gräns)

Ali Abbasi’s Border (Gräns) is stark, different and engaging. The film is difficult to classify, which makes it all the more enigmatic.  Tina is a Swedish customs officer. She has an extraordinary sense of smell, which lands her a gig helping the police. When she comes across Vore, Tina is beguiled by the mysterious stranger… One of the great things about […]

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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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