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Month: March 2017

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DVD Review: Krisha

★★★☆☆ If Hollywood has taught us anything it’s never to organise a family dinner. From August, Osage County to Xavier Dolan’s It’s Only the End of the World, family repasts are a reminder that get-togethers are frequently times of emotional […]

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Film Review: Elle

★★★☆☆ Isabelle Huppert’s nuanced performance proves the perfect linchpin for Paul Verhoeven’s provocative and divisive new thriller, Elle. Her character, Michèle Leblanc, is a recognisable evolution of the director’s oft-portrayed femme fatale – one that twists various misogynistic tropes into […]

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Film Review: Catfight

★★☆☆☆ Talk about timing. Hillary loses the election, there’s a record-breaking Women’s March in Washington and then the week of a revitalised International Women’s Day, Catfight bitch slaps itself onto our screens. A post-feminist piece of backbiting, Onur Tukel’s hit-and-miss […]

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DVD Review: September

★★★★☆ Woody Allen has always had a knack for portraying the awkward sadness that comes with living. His films excel at capturing phases in people’s lives – the self-conscious romance of young adulthood in Annie Hall, or the elegiac reflection […]

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DVD Review: Another Woman

★★★★☆ Luke-warmly received on release, Woody Allen’s Another Woman has rightly gained recognition over the years. This melancholy drama is a tender, complex and affecting character study of a woman caught between middle-age regret and marital resentment. Writing from her […]

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Film Review: The Student

★★★☆☆ Russian writer-director Kirill Serebrennikov first came to prominence outside of Russia with 2012’s Dostoyevskian tale of marital woe, Betrayal. Serebrennikov has adapted German playwright Marius von Mayenburg’s Martyr for The Student, a dark and slightly hysterical portrait of fundamentalist fever. Veniamin […]

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Film Review: Certain Women

★★★★☆ Resilience is often a defining trait of the ordinary people that populate the stark Pacific Northwest in Kelly Reichardt’s enthralling elliptical narratives. There may rarely be melodramatic adversity to overcome – her most recent film Night Moves was the […]