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Month: June 2013

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EIFF 2013: ‘Mister John’ review

★★★★☆ An exotic thriller ensnared within a Lynchian nightmare of confused identities, Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy’s follow-up to Helen (2008), Mister John (2013), is a physically and emotionally draining tale of grief, rejection and the yearning to reinvent oneself. When Gerry Devine (Aidan Gillen) hears of the tragic news of his brother’s […]

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EIFF 2013: ‘Consequence’ review

★★★☆☆ Chronicling the daily rigmarole within a German crematorium, Thomas Heise’s Consequence (Gegenwart, 2012) is a muted observation of a process many of us know very little about. Considerate, yet in no way eulogising of the dead, Heise’s clinical documentary often manages to evoke a rather confusing sense of joie de vivre. The […]

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EIFF 2013: ‘Leviathan’ review

★★★★★ An often overwhelming oceanic opus, Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel’s Leviathan (2012) is a sublimely sensory experience like no other. One of the most unique, demanding and hypnotic films to feature at this year’s Edinburgh Film Festival, this exceptional maritime mood-piece (documentary is too small a box by far) serves as an […]

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EIFF 2013: ‘Hawking’ review

★★★★☆ Stephen Hawking’s first wife, Jane, once explained that as the years passed and her husband made new discoveries, their relationship evolved two faces. The public image was that of Stephen travelling around from lecture to lecture, picking up science awards and honours all over the place. But internally, their home life was […]

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EIFF 2013: ‘The Conjuring’ review

★★★★☆ From director James Wan (Saw, Insidious) comes The Conjuring (2013), a 1970s-inflected haunted house movie that throws every trick in the book at it audience – with surprisingly successful results. Wan’s latest is chock-full of kitsch class and effective scares that, whilst never attempting to reinvent the wheel, offers up one of […]

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EIFF 2013: ‘Before You Know It’ review

★★★☆☆ After focusing predominantly on short film projects, director PJ Raval returns with only his second feature, Before You Know It (2013), a thoughtful documentary on growing old in the gay community. The film hooks between three elderly men in the US – Dennis from Florida, Ty from New York and Robert from […]

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Film Review: ‘Renoir’

★★★★☆ Like the revered work of the artist himself, Renoir (2012) – director Giles Bourdos’ biopic of the French impressionist, starring Michel Bouquet, Vincent Rottiers and Christa Théret – paints an idyllic picture of a life played out in bohemian decadence, tainted with rhapsodic and turbulent undercurrents. The arrival of the beautiful Andrée […]

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Film Review: ‘I Want Your Love’

★★☆☆☆ Banned from Sydney’s Mardi Gras Film Festival due to its graphic real sex and ardently defended by friend-of-director James Franco, Travis Mathews’ I Want Your Love (2012) has traversed a treacherous path on its way into UK cinemas. A classic ‘point-in-time’ tale of middle-class frustration, Mathews’ debut is an intriguing – if […]

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Film Review: ‘Night of Silence’

★★★★☆ Winner of the Crystal Bear at the 2012 Berlinale and Best Screenplay at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Reis Çelik’s Night of Silence (Lal gece, 2012) is yet another fine example of the incredible works emanating from burgeoning Turkish film industry. In UK cinemas this week, Çelik’s minimalist drama is a fascinating […]

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Film Review: ‘Stories We Tell’

★★★★☆ “When you’re in the middle of a story, it isn’t a story at all”. This is the line that introduces Canadian Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell (2012), a deeply personal yet shrewdly alluring examination of the art of storytelling. Thrusting her own family under the microscopic glare of her inquisitive camera, Polley’s […]

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Film Review: ‘The East’

★★★☆☆ The gravitational pull of cults served as the premise for director Zal Batmanglij’s previous collaboration with writer/actress Brit Marling, 2011’s Sound of My Voice. The pair still appear to be seduced by the subject matter, but whilst The East (2013) may appear to be a more lustrous and self-assured creation, this ambitious […]

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Film Review: ‘This Is the End’

★★★☆☆ This (remarkably) is the way the world ends – not with a cataclysmic blast, but with an especially juvenile dick joke from a self-parodying James Franco. If this is your idea of a great night out, then This Is the End (2013) could just be the LOLpocalypse you’ve been waiting for. Evan […]

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Film Review: ‘Despicable Me 2’

★★★☆☆ Despicable Me (2010) was the first offering from Universal Pictures off-shoot Illumination Entertainment, and it’s financial success proved that Pixar and Dreamworks can be beaten at their own game. Unfortunately, their bunny-based follow-up Hop (2011) was riddled with myxomatosis, whilst the environmentally-conscious The Lorax (2012) was an ecological disaster as far as […]

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Film Review: ‘The Act of Killing’

★★★★★ American filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer’s Berlinale hit The Act of Killing (2012) – in cinemas this week from Dogwoof – challenges the very limitations of what a documentary can be. A disturbingly comfortable voyage into the mindset of evil and the psychology of a murderer(s), Oppenheimer’s film is like nothing you’ll have ever […]