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Film Review: R.M.N.

★★★★☆ Romanian director Cristian Mungiu’s first film in six years, R.M.N. is a multi-faceted, oft-bleak, and occasionally surreal portrait of racism and toxic masculinity in Romanian society. In its depiction of a part of Europe struggling to keep up with neoliberalism, R.M.N exposes the dark mirror of liberal, globalised western European metropolitanism.

Film Review: Rotting in the Sun

★★★★☆ An acerbic social satire, Chilean filmmaker Sebastián Silva’s latest reflects a cultural malaise rooted in cultural ennui. More than a casual swipe at modern social trends, Rotting in the Sun exposes a kind of cruelty, alienation, and social stratification that is only as modern as the technology through which it expresses itself.

Film Review: El Conde

★★★☆☆ Chilean director Pablo Larraín has made the treatment of the great, the famous and the powerful his topic of preference, eschewing the lower end of the social scale that first made him famous with films such as Tony Manero and Post Mortem. Nothing has quite gone as far as El Conde, however.

Outlaw Johnny Black: the spiritual sequel to Black Dynamite

Outlaw Johnny Black is one of the most intriguing new movies of 2023, with a Western setting that introduces elements like comedy, adventure, and martial arts to hopefully provide something new and fresh. Will it be a success and is there a chance that it creates a new genre where the classic Western formula goes in unexpected new directions?

Film Review: Past Lives

★★★★★ Childhood friends Na-Young (Greta Lee) and Hae-Sung’s (Yoo Teo) young lives are irrevocably changed when Na-Young’s family emigrate from South Korea to Canada, until the pair reconnect twelve years later. Past Lives, a film about love, friendship and fate, is an astonishing debut from South Korean-Canadian director Celine Song.

Venice 2023: Poor Things review

★★★★★ Greek weird wave director Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster, The Favourite) hits his stride with his strangest yet most deeply satisfying comedy fable yet, Poor Things. This exhilarating mix of Fanny Hill and Frankenstein is adapted by Tony McNamara from Alasdair Gray’s novel of the same name.

Venice 2023: Io Capitano review

★★★★☆ Following Agnieszka Holland’s land-bound refugee tale Green Border earlier this week, Matteo Garrone’s new film Io Capitano departs geographically further south and takes its characters on an epic journey which involves land and sea. But its direction and terrain are not the only difference here.

The most anticipated horror films of Autumn 2023

This Autumn is looking to be the season of the horror movie, with several new blockbusters set to hit the silver screen and streaming services in the upcoming months. Here are just a couple of the most highly anticipated horror films releasing in the upcoming months.