Film Review: Victoria

Sebastian Schipper’s Victoria is a one-take wonder. Technically brilliant, the film hooks viewers from the very beginning, taking them on a rollercoaster of emotions. Victoria, originally from Madrid, is new to Berlin. Meeting a group of guys in a club, she decides to hang out with them, as they show her the real Berlin. Victoria is glad to have company, little realising […]

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Film Review: The Ones Below

Writer-director David Farr’s The Ones Below is a formulaic but entertaining thriller. Kate and Justin are excited to be expecting their first child. They are intrigued when a new couple moves into the flat below theirs, especially when they find out that their new neighbours are also expecting a baby… The Ones Below functions well as a untaxing potboiler. There […]

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Film Review: Office

Johnny To’s Chinese musical melodrama Office is flat despite some interesting ideas swirling around. Life at Sunn & Jones is complicated. Two new starters are thrown in the deep end as they begin working for CEO Mrs Chang and her executive team. Meanwhile executive David is getting in hot water with his risky investments… Set at the brink of the 2007 […]

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Film Review: Truth

A fascinating media story gets big screen treatment in James Vanderbilt’s Truth. The film itself is a little overblown to be truly great. In 2004, producer Mary Mapes and her team set about researching George W. Bush’s military service for a 60 Minutes report. The team attempt to verify sources for their story, unaware of the storm of criticism that […]

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Film Review: Crimson Peak

Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak is a horror that combines a traditional gothic style with gore. The film is heavy on style, even if the substance slightly lacks. Edith Cushing is the daughter of a wealthy American businessman. When a mysterious English baronet and his sister come to town, Edith is beguiled by him. Her interest in Thomas Sharpe, however, […]

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Film Review: Carol

Based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel, Carol is a sumptuous and engaging romantic drama. Working in a department store in New York, shop girl Therese meets married older lady Carol when the latter comes into the store to buy a Christmas gift. The two embark on a friendship that spells danger for Carol’s home life… Director Todd Haynes’ Carol is a entertaining […]

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Film Review: Brooklyn

Director John Crowley’s Brooklyn is a period romance that will charm viewers. The film feels safe but accomplished. Eillis Lacey has limited opportunity to work in her native Ireland. Travelling to New York, like many other young Irish people at that time, Eillis finds herself far from her family and all she has known in Brooklyn… Directed by John Crowley […]

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Film Review: The Lobster

The Lobster is a witty and engaging satire on love and relationships in the modern age. Yorgos Lanthimos’ film is incredibly watchable. In a world where single people are outlawed, David goes to The Hotel following his marriage break up. There, single people are given 45 days to find a new romantic partner, or else they will be turned into […]

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