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Month: November 2017

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Film Review: Suburbicon

★★★☆☆ A crime caper, set amongst the racial tensions of 1950s suburban America, this earnest satire is fun, but ultimately feels a bit thin and fails to give any weight to the politics it hints at. With a script originally written by the Coen brothers back in the 1980s, and adapted further by […]

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Film Review: Brakes

★★★★☆ Brakes is a bittersweet, raw comedy about love, sex, and relationships, with stellar performances from its large ensemble cast. Brakes starts off seemingly as an emotional drama, tying together nine dysfunctional couples in the process of splitting apart. Split into two distinct halves, the film opens with the brutal pain of multiple […]

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DVD Review: Tag

★★★☆☆ Mitsuko (Reina Triendl) is on a school bus with her friends when an invisible force rips off the top of the bus, severing all but Mitsuko in half. Running away in terror, she suddenly finds herself dressed in a different school uniform and with an unfamiliar group of friends. From there, things […]

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DVD Review: The Big Sick

★★★★☆ Starring Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan, The Big Sick is that rarest of things: a funny and smart romantic comedy that is actually about something and is good enough to make you care for its characters. The move from television comedy to big screen exposure is fraught with danger. For every Will […]

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Film Review: Paddington 2

★★★★☆ The bear from deepest, darkest Peru is back, now firmly established in his north London home of 32 Windsor Gardens with the Browns and ready for another adventure with Paddington 2. Paul King is once again at the helm, as well as a few cast additions. The first Paddington was a joyful […]

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VOD Review: No Stone Unturned

★★★☆☆ Alex Gibney’s latest project, No Stone Unturned, is a mysterious, gripping re-opening of the unsolved 1994 Loughinisland massacre investigation. It is told with characteristic precision, compassion and determination by its prolific director. Searching for needles in haystacks has long been Gibney’s metier but here the smoke and mirrors of governmental complicity and […]

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Film Review: The Florida Project

★★★★★ “That’s my favourite tree,” Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) tells her friend “because it’s fallen but it still grows.” It’s a moment of lyrical beauty, underlined by a long shot of the two kids sitting in the tree itself, and sums up the theme of The Florida Project, Sean Baker’s Tangerine follow-up. Six-year-old Moonee […]

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Film Review: Félicité

★★★☆☆ Félicité marks a return to screens for Senegalese director Alain Gomis. A graceful and deeply sympathetic piece of work about a Congolese bar singer and her attempts to raise enough money for an operation for her teenage son, Félicité is an emotionally effective heart-tugger, thanks largely to Véro Tshanda Beya’s dignified lead […]

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DVD Review: The Tiger

★★★☆☆ Following historical drama The Showdown and gangster picture New World, Hoon-jung Park’s third feature is a suitably epic drama set during the Japanese occupation of Korea in 1925. The Tiger is an often moving fable about fatherhood, nature and respect, yet in never fully committing to its ambitions, doesn’t quite the impact that it might have. Chun […]

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DVD Review: Buster Keaton: 3 Films

★★★★★ Unfairly overshadowed by the works of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton was arguably the greatest of the silent clowns. Now, Eureka Video’s Masters of Cinema series brings together three of his best pictures – Sherlock Jr., The General and Steamboat Bill, Jr. – all lovingly remastered with 4K restorations. At only 45 minutes, the […]

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Film Review: The Silence of the Lambs

★★★★★ With an opening jogging sequence only rivalled by Jonathan Glazer’s Birth, Jonathan Demme’s chilling masterpiece The Silence of the Lambs still manages to send tingles down the spine 26 years on from its original theatrical release. It’s intriguing to revisit the film in light of the recent release of Mindhunter, which premiered […]

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Film Review: Thelma

★★★★☆ Joachim Trier’s unexpected foray into genre territory recalls the films of M. Night Shyamalan and Brian De Palma’s Carrie, giving the tale of a girl with weird powers an icy Scandinavian mood and a slow-going pace which feels like a walk in deep snow. Thelma is a genre-bending mystery drama running the […]