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Month: October 2013

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Film Review: ‘Gloria’

★★★★☆ Chilean director Sebastián Lelio’s Gloria (2013) is a lighthearted examination of a country in a state of flux, told beautifully through the tragic endeavours of its hopelessly romantic protagonist, that’s both charming and culturally enlightening. Gloria (Paulina Garcia) is […]

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Blu-ray Review: ‘The Fury’

★★★★☆ In the late 1970s and early 80s, glossy Hollywood horror, though having its fair share of big budget shocks, frequently favoured a subtler, more psychological approach. Where these films were concerned one director reigned supreme – Brian De Palma. […]

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DVD Review: ‘Twixt’

★★★☆☆ Francis Ford Coppola continues his descent into filmmaking obscurity with Twixt (2011), an intermittently handsome horror starring a waning Val Kilmer and an ashen-faced Elle Fanning that surprised many when included within Cahiers du Cinéma’s rundown of 2012’s best […]

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DVD Review: ‘Snitch’

★★☆☆☆ Former wrestler Dwayne Johnson’s name has become synonymous with movies that describe themselves as high-octane and adrenaline fuelled. Ric Roman Waugh’s Snitch (2013), an action-thriller is another one of those films but with its sights set on a moral […]

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DVD Review: ‘Renoir’

★★★☆☆ Renoir (2012), Gilles Bourdos’ sumptuous portrait of the French master’s final years and his filmmaker son Jean’s first creative stirrings, is big on atmosphere but lacks dramatic tension. Father (Michel Bouquet) and son (Vincent Rottiers) fall for the same […]

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DVD Review: ‘Drug War’

★★★★☆ Prolific Hong Kong filmmaker Johnnie To’s Drug War (2012) has sadly become yet another notable work from a respected auteur to go unceremoniously straight to DVD in the UK this year. Like Francis Ford Coppola’s Twixt (2011) (also released […]