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Film Review: Eisenstein in Guanajuato

★★★☆☆ Striking, controversial pieces of avant-garde filmmaking often contain one scene where the line in the sand of mainstream cinema is well and truly obliterated. The Odessa steps sequence of Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin stands as […]

Film Review: The Brand New Testament

★★★☆☆ Madcap invention is nothing new to Belgian Jaco Van Dormael, who takes on the Almighty himself in his new high-concept comedy The Brand New Testament. Concept is certainly king in this instance, giving the filmmaker […]

Kinoteka 2016: Provincial Actors review

★★★★☆ “What does a play about actors and the theatre mean?” These may be indignant words taken from the mouth of the frustrated Krzysztof (Tadeusz Huk) but it’s a question pertinent to the film it appears […]

Kinoteka 2016: Deep End review

★★★★☆ It proves hard to define the tone of Jerzy Skolimowski’s Deep End, which flopped upon its initial release in 1970 only to undergo significant re-evaluation years later. Ostensibly a saucy, knockabout swimming pool romp, it […]

DVD Review: Three Days of the Condor

★★★★☆ Remember a time when the espionage film wasn’t required to move at breakneck speed or involve the protagonist performing death-dying leaps around rooftops and engaging in high-octane car chases? Watching the opening credits of Three […]

DVD Review: The Merchant of Four Seasons

★★★★☆ Producing more work in his short fifteen-year career than most directors do in a lifetime, German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder is emblematic of the New German Cinema movement, and remains a powerful voice of avant-garde […]

DVD Review: Bride of Re-Animator

★★☆☆☆ Much like the sequel spawned from Evil Dead, a similarly cherished 80s horror, this follow-up to Stuart Gordon’s 1985 bona fide cult classic Re-Animator (it’s jokingly referenced by a stoned Kevin Spacey in American Beauty) […]

Film Review: Nasty Baby

★★★★☆ The latest film from Sebastián Silva, Nasty Baby is a 1970s Woody Allen movie for the hipster generation. The existential, chain-smoking intellectuals of Manhattan are displaced by scooter-riding conceptual artists, who drink out of mason […]

Interview: Jeff Nichols

Jeff Nichols has built the beginnings of a potentially fantastic career over the past decade blending genre elements with deep-rooted character work and subtle social commentary. When CineVue sat down with him to discuss his new […]

Film Review: Midnight Special

★★★★☆ “Let the Midnight Special shine a light on me.” So go the lyrics of the folk song from which Jeff Nichols took the title of his fourth feature, Midnight Special. The refrain is fitting, as […]

Film Review: The Last Man on the Moon

★★★☆☆ Not too many men can sit by a campfire at night, look up at the moon and know that they once bounded across its chalky grey surface. Gene Cernan is one of only twelve lucky […]

Film Review: The Huntsman: Winter’s War

★★☆☆☆ Four years on from Rupert Sanders’ critically derided yet financially lucrative Snow White and The Huntsman we have the delayed, inevitable follow-up: The Huntsman: Winter’s War. Chris Hemsworth is back as the axe-wielding hero in […]