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  • Film Review: Holiday

    ★★★☆☆ Summer and holidays on-screen conjure up iconic images of characters bathed in a splendour of heat; Ray Winstone in Sexy Beast, Alain Delon in La Piscine and Charlotte Rampling in Swimming Pool. Adding her unique spin on this unique period of supposed relaxation, Isabella Eklöf’s directorial debut Holiday is an assured feature brutal gaze…

    Film Review: Holiday
  • Film Review: The Lion King

    ★★☆☆☆ After achieving critical and commercial success with 2016’s The Jungle Book, Jon Favreau once again returns to the director’s chair to digitally adapt The Lion King. Leaning heavily on the original’s musicality, more so than Mowgli and co, the film seeks to transport you into nostalgia and real-life renderings of some of your favourite Disney…

    Film Review: The Lion King
  • Film Review: Varda by Agnès

    ★★★★★ The cinema of Agnès Varda endures beyond time. Whether this is her first feature La Pointe Courte or the digitally playful The Gleaners & I, Varda’s cinema has always existed in its own unique space. After sadly passing away in March this year a month after her latest feature Varda by Agnès premiered at…

    Film Review: Varda by Agnès
  • Film Review: The Edge

    ★★★★☆ On Sunday evening the world witnessed one of the greatest games of cricket ever played. Central to this match was England’s harmoniously diverse squad made up of an Irish captain, a New Zealand born all-rounder and opening batsman born in South Africa. Yet, even as recent as 2015 at the Cricket World Cup, the…

    Film Review: The Edge
  • Film Review: Don’t Look Now

    ★★★★★ Few films have stood the test of time as well as Nicolas Roeg’s seminal horror Don’t Look Now. Revolving around the omnipresent theme of grief (and adapted from Daphne du Maurier’s short story), the film composes a ghostly melancholic reflection on this profound human emotion. Rereleased by StudioCanal into cinemas this week in 4K, the…

    Film Review: Don’t Look Now
  • Film Review: Apollo 11

    ★★★★★ From the first frame to its last, Apollo 11 observes the historic moon landings from a uniquely cinematic perspective. Paying homage to the analogue era by using exclusive footage from the time, transferred digitally from the original 65mm, Todd Douglas Miller’s third feature leaves you in a heady daze of wonder at humanity’s greatest…

    Film Review: Apollo 11
  • Film Review: Gloria Bell

    ★★★☆☆ After breaking out onto the international film scene with A Fantastic Woman, Sebastian Lelio returns to cinemas with his second English language feature Gloria Bell. A remake of his native Chilean film Gloria, in which starred the ‘Meryl Streep of Latin American Cinema’, Paulina García, Lelio in this outing casts the mercurial Julianne Moore…

    Film Review: Gloria Bell
  • Film Review: Halston

    ★★★☆☆ Regardless if you care or not about fashion, it is impossible to ignore. From the somewhat delirious yearly coverage of the Met Gala to the eye-watering amounts of money involved in trade deals between fashion designers and big brands, the world we live in is consumed by it. The very genesis of these modern…

    Film Review: Halston

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