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Month: June 2016

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Edinburgh 2016: Little Men review

★★★★★ Theo Taplitz and Michael Barbieri are future stars. The titular protagonists of Ira Sachs’ Little Men give extraordinarily mature performances that belie their tender age. They feature in a perceptive, affecting family drama that channels the director’s characteristically graceful, understated and emotionally enrapturing style through a subtly crafted story of class and […]

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Edinburgh 2016: Trivisa review

★★☆☆☆ Featuring in the World Perspectives strand at Edinburgh, Trivisa is a Hong Kong production that takes place in the borderlands between the island and mainland China during the 1997 British handover. There is the kernel of a very good film here that is stamped into unfathomable nothingness by a trio of directors […]

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Criterion Review: Here Comes Mr. Jordan

★★★☆☆ Adapted from the stage play, Heaven Can Wait, Alexander Hall’s 1941 Here Comes Mr. Jordan is notable mainly for its numerous remakes and its position as arguably the first supernatural comedy. Following his untimely demise, boxer Joe Pendleton (Robert Montgomery) is taken to heaven only to meet the eponymous angel Mr. Jordan […]

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DVD Review: Evolution

★★★★☆ From Innocence director Lucile Hadžihalilović, Evolution is another one word title that provokes as much as it suggests. An enigmatic stone of a film, it’s a glowing entry in the sub-genre of fabulist science fiction of Never Let Me Go and Under the Skin. We first meet young Nicolas (Max Brebant) underwater. […]

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DVD Review: Alan Clarke at the BBC

★★★★★ During David Leland’s introduction to Alan Clarke’s Road, originally aired as part a retrospective of the director’s work in 1991 he argues that Clarke’s distinct form of social realism is “a fine example of the uniqueness of British television…part of a vanishing species under threat from government policy of abandoning public service […]

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Edinburgh 2016: Chicago Boys review

★★☆☆☆ The subject matter of Carola Fuentes and Rafael Valdeavellano’s Chicago Boys is certainly worthy of documentary coverage but its narrow scope and dull presentation mean it is unlikely to appeal to many viewers other than students of financial history. Under the tutelage of Milton Friedman and Arnold Harberger, from the mid-1950s onwards […]

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Edinburgh 2016: Brothers review

★★★☆☆ A labour of love to rival that of Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, Brothers is a charming study of growing up, a preservation of memory and lessons learned from a mother to her own sons. Norwegian documentary filmmaker Aslaug Holm is lucky to have two such thoroughly likeable and comfortable subjects. Filmed from their […]


Interview: Eva Husson, dir. Bang Gang

For her feature filmmaking debut, French writer-director Eva Husson has created an exuberant concoction of themes that are equally timeless and eye opening. As much a feverish salutation to teenage spirit as it is a cautionary tale derived from a youth culture rife with Snapchat, digitised slut shaming and the very real combined […]

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Film Review: The Violators

★★★★☆ Ten years have passed since Shane Meadows’ This Is England punched a vitriolic, tattooed fist through the 1980s Midlands racial divide. Nationalist tension does not feature in novelist turned writer-director Helen Walsh’s The Violators but it is a comparably hard-hitting and bleak state of the British nation address. At a time where […]


Film Review: The Girl King

★★☆☆☆ This latest film from Finnish director Mika Kaurismäki makes an adolescent drama out of the true story of 17th century Queen Kristina (Malin Buska), who became Sweden’s first native female sovereign aged just six. Amidst an ongoing European conflict between Catholics and Protestants, she grows up in a conservative Lutheran court and […]

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Film Review: Down By Love

★★☆☆☆ Amour fou in a French penitentiary has Blue is the Warmest Colour star Adele Exarchopoulos falling in love with the prison warden in Pierre Godeau’s slickly-produced true-story tale of forbidden passion, Down By Love. We first meet Anna (Exarchopoulos) as she arrives at a prison to await her trial. Focusing on her […]

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Film Review: The Conjuring 2

★★★★★ Based on one of the most famous poltergeist cases in the annals of paranormal investigation, The Conjuring 2 takes real-life ghostbusters Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) off to the outer rim of suburban London. From 1977 to 1979, a council house on a quiet street in Enfield was […]