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Month: September 2019

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Venice 2019: The Domain review

★★★★☆ Tiago Guedes’ latest The Domain dissects a wealthy Portuguese family in the second half of the 20th century as a libertarian young patriarch struggles with duty, family, politics and his own personal destructive freedom. We’re in Portugal 1943, and a father shows his young son the swinging corpse of his older brother who has […]

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Toronto 2019: Maria’s Paradise review

★★★☆☆ Zaida Bergroth’s fifth feature is based on the real-life exploits of Maria Åkerblom’s Finnish cult. Although its analysis of the nature of devotion and the intense narcissism that drives cult-like leaders is mostly pretty lightweight, Maria’s Paradise is a well-mounted, effective thriller-drama. Opening as the group, led by the charismatic and elegant Maria (Pihla […]

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Venice 2019: The King review

★★★☆☆ The story of Henry V gets a revisionist, Netflix-backed interpretation from Animal Kingdom director David Michôd as a floppy-haired Timothée Chalamet goes boldly into the breach once more in Venice out-of-competition offering The King. “All hail the king,” proclaim the posters dotted around the Lido for Michôd’s latest. It’s an audacious move, […]

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James Bond’s favourite casino games

The Bond films are possibly the most iconic in British filmmaking history. Filled with fast cars, women and money, James Bond is the ultimate British spy, who every young boy dreamed of becoming. Known as 007, James Bond has been played by many different actors throughout the years including; Sean Connery, David Niven, […]

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Venice 2019: The Laundromat review

★★★☆☆ Do you remember when Steven Soderbergh retired from filmmaking? That was approximately five films and two television series ago. There’s a looseness to his new Netflix-bound Panama Papers takedown The Laundromat that, for both better or worse, smacks of an OAP not giving a tinker’s cuss. Meryl Streep stars as Ellen Martin, herself […]

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Venice 2019: Ema review

★★★☆☆ Ema (Mariana Di Girólamo) is a young dancer with a Daenerys Targaryen bleach job and a love of Reggaeton. She’s also a bit of a pyromaniac. The first shot we see in Pablo Larraín’s new film Ema is of a stoplight burning, set on fire by Ema with her flamethrower. The image […]