Film Review: Listen To Me Marlon

Using previously unheard recordings, Stevan Riley’s Listen To Me Marlon is an engaging portrayal of a revered actor. Listen To Me Marlon charts famed actor Marlon Brando, from ordinary beginnings to Oscar-winning actor. Looking at his career, interests and personal life, the documentary paints an intimate picture of the actor… In Listen To Me Marlon, a patchwork of recordings and […]

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Film Review: Mr Holmes

Bill Condon’s Mr Holmes is more of a drama than a mystery. After a slow start, the film does engage to a certain extent. Retired to the countryside, an ageing and ailing Sherlock Holmes looks back on his life. Holmes is haunted by an unsolved 30-year old case, and struggles to recall the details which made him retire all those […]

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Film Review: High-Rise

Ben Wheatley’s film High-Rise has a promising start, but the overall execution is left wanting. Dr Robert Laing moves into a flat in a high-rise tower block. At first the building seems to have everything for a busy professional, but life begins to run out of control for the many residents… High-Rise is broadly about society, class and humanity. However, later […]

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Film Review: A Bigger Splash

Ralph Fiennes steals the show in Luca Guadagnino’s intriguing A Bigger Splash. The film amuses whilst keeping viewers on their toes. Rockstar Marianne is hiding out in Italy with her filmmaker boyfriend, trying to rest her voice. The couple’s quiet vacation is disrupted by the unexpected arrival of an old friend and his daughter… A Bigger Splash is beautifully shot, […]

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Film Review: Trumbo

Director Jay Roach’s Trumbo is an engaging and finely written biographical drama. With great performances, the film is a must see. Successful Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo is also a member of the Communist Party in the 1940s. When the House of Un-American Activities Committee starts to investigate the film industry, Trumbo and several of his colleagues find themselves blacklisted… There […]

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Suffragette Press Conference

The BFI London Film Festival opens this evening with Suffragette. Director Sarah Gavron, screenwriter Abi Morgan, and stars Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep were in London to talk about the film, gender equality, and the film industry… On bringing the Suffragette movement to the big screen… Abi Morgan: Film does take time. However, I think when a film is fronted […]

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Film Review: Suffragette

Sarah Gavron’s Suffragette is a by-the-numbers historical drama. Whilst the subject matter is ripe for cinematic adaptation, Suffragette fails to offer something truly memorable… Maud Watts is a regular working-class women in 1910s London, with a husband and son. Reluctant at first, Maud is encouraged by friends to join the Suffragette movement, which has begun a campaign of civil disobedience… […]

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London Film Festival 2015 Preview

The BFI London Film Festival 2015 commences this Wednesday, with a total of 238 fiction and documentary features being screened, including 16 World Premieres, 8 International Premieres, 40 European Premieres and 11 Archive films. The festival opens with the European premiere of Suffragette, starring Meryl Streep and Carey Mulligan. Here are some of the films to catch at the London Film Festival […]

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