Film Review: Outlaw King

David Mackenzie’s Outlaw King is a solid historical action drama. The film boasts good performances and production values.  In 1304, King Edward’s army has triumphed in Scotland, and has forced Scottish lords to pledge their allegiance to the English king. Robert the Bruce decides to fight back against English rule, but he is vastly outnumbered… Director and co-writer David Mackenzie […]

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Film Review: The Fight

Jessica Hynes directorial debut is a character-driven drama. Despite some small qualms, The Fight works for the most part.  Life is tough for Tina. She and her husband are struggling to juggle their full-time jobs whilst looking after their children. Tina’s mother is threatening to leave her father, and her daughter is being bullied at school… Written, directed by and starring […]

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Film Review: The Cannibal Club (O Clube dos Canibais)

Guto Parente’s The Cannibal Club (O Clube dos Canibais) is an unsubtle satire on Brazil’s ultra-wealthy society. The film is a dark, unsettling watch. Octavio and Gilda live a privileged existence. Separated from the rest of society in their protected mansion, the wealthy couple have an usual predilection. Their servants are also their prospective next meal… Writer-director Guto Parente delivers […]

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Film Review: Suspiria

Luca Guadagnino’s remake of Suspiria is a sway which builds to a cacophony. It is quite the cinematic experience. American student Susie Bannion travels to Berlin to audition at a famous dance company. But not everything is quite what it seems, with Susie taking the room of a girl who was seeing a psychotherapist about her delusions… After the success […]

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Film Review: Etangs Noirs

Timeau De Keyser and Pieter Dumoulin’s Etangs Noirs is an unsettling mystery. The film is engaging, even if it’s not wholly satisfying. When Jimi receives a parcel mistakenly delivered to him, he attempts to deliver it to the correct recipient. When she is not home to receive it, Jimi becomes obsessed with delivering the package… From an innocuous-sounding premise, Etangs […]

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Film Review: Sunset

László Nemes’ Sunset is a captivating watch. The director’s sophomore feature is an entrancing mystery drama. In 1913, the eve of World War I, the Austro-Hungarian Empire is nearing its end. Írisz Leiter  returns to Budapest, hoping to secure a job a the hat shop which was established by her parents… Directed and co-written by Nemes (with Clara Royer and […]

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LFF 2018 Highlights Part 1

It is approximately the half way point of the BFI London Film Festival, and there have been some excellent films screened so far. Here are some LFF 2018 highlights from the first week… LFF 2018 Highlights – Unmissable Widows Director Steve McQueen kicked off the festival with a bang with the gripping Widows. There is so much to love about Widows […]

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Film Review: Halloween (2018)

Forty years after the original movie, Halloween (2018) is a fitting follow up to the slasher classic.  Forty years after Michael Myers’ murder spree, Laurie Strode lives in a state of constant vigilance. Meanwhile, two journalist wish to interview Myers before he is transferred to a different institution… There have been many sequels (not forgetting the reboot) to horror classic […]

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