Film reviews and more

Day: 12 February 2014

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Berlin 2014: ‘Stratos’ review

★★★★☆ Certain to be one of the more divisive Competition films to have screened at this year’s Berlinale once the dust had settled, Yannis Economides hogties and drags his national cinema from the shadow of Yorgos Lanthimos with fourth feature Stratos (2014), a bleak, brooding noir deliciously tainted by bad debt, ill-advised investments […]

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Berlin 2014: ‘Calvary’ review

★★★☆☆ Whilst his brother Martin crossed the Atlantic for sophomore feature Seven Psychopaths, director John Michael McDonagh follows up 2011’s The Guard with Calvary (2014), another Irish-set tale of moral musings and gallows humour. Teaming up with the ursine Brendan Gleeson once again, with support this time round from Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, […]

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Berlin 2014: ‘Aloft’ review

★☆☆☆☆ A bona fide turkey (albeit a handsome fowl) masquerading as a graceful, gliding falcon, Claudia Llosa’s Golden Bear hopeful Aloft (2014) isn’t short of ideas; the problem being that each and every one is so woefully explored over the course of proceedings as to baffle, irk and ultimately infuriate its dumbstruck audience. […]