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DVD Review: ‘You and the Night’

Advertisements ★★★☆☆ After causing a stir on the Croisette where it premiered last year in the Critic’s Week Sidebar You and the Night (2013) is the debut feature from Yann Gonzalez and it is as infuriating […]

Film Review: ‘We Are the Giant’

Advertisements ★★☆☆☆ There has been an influx of documentaries recently that have focused on the so called “Arab Spring”. Some, like Wiam Bedirxan & Ossama Mohammed’s Silvered Water, Syria Self­-Portrait (2014), Jehane Noujaim’s The Square (2013) […]

Film Review: ‘Sacro GRA’

Advertisements ★★★★☆ Encircling Rome like a tightening lariat that threatens to flood the environs of the Italian capital with ghosts of its past and future, the Grande Raccordo Anulare is the focus of Gianfranco Rosi’s latest […]

Film Review: ‘Playtime’

Advertisements ★★★★★ Certain cinematic experiences pander to repeated sittings. Eventually maturity brings with it enlightenment and the secret passages that spark the conscious through sheer luminosity. Jacques Tati’s observation satire Playtime (1967) is one such événement […]

Film Review: ‘The Case Against 8’

Advertisements ★★★☆☆ The Case Against 8 (2014) looks at one of the most divisive issues in contemporary American life: that of same sex marriage. Directors Ben Cotner and Ryan White track the five year battle to […]

Film Review: ‘The Overnighters’

Advertisements ★★★★★ More American nightmare than American Dream, Jesse Moss’ Sundance award-winning documentary The Overnighters (2013) looks at the crisis at the centre of the economic collapse within the post-Empire confines of contemporary America. Coming at […]

Film Review: ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’

Advertisements ★★★★★ Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) is a talismanic work of art, a piece of cinema that reaches through the ages to comment on present needs, wants and perceived existential threats. Even though it […]

DVD Review: ‘Gomorrah’

Advertisements ★★★★★ Narrative is the base from which elemental passages are forced upon our gaze. In recent years the very idea of watching narratives unfold over 8-12 hours had been the preserve of formalist cinema and […]

Film Review: ‘Palo Alto’

Advertisements ★★☆☆☆ Adapted from James Franco’s novel of the same name – a reflection of the hometown ennui he managed to transcend, Palo Alto (2013) is another creative misfire from the talented multi-hyphenate. Franco’s novel is […]

Film Review: ‘My Name Is Hmmm’

Advertisements ★★☆☆☆ Agnès B is a created idea from the imagination of Agnès Andrée Marguerite Troublé. Known to the world as a fashion designer she has always held a candle for what the French call the […]

Interview: Bruno Dumont on his ‘Camille Claudel 1915’

Advertisements French director Bruno Dumont’s Camille Claudel 1915 (2013), which premièred at last year’s Berlin Film Festival, sees Juliette Binoche take the lead as the famous French artist and lover of Auguste Rodin. The main thrust […]

Film Review: ‘Will and Testament’

Advertisements ★★☆☆☆ Skip Kite’s Tony Benn: Will and Testament (2014) is a disappointing piece of Teflon ‘non­-cinema’ that may well prove a mystery both to itself and general audiences. Kite claims that cinema is an example […]

Film Review: ‘Violette’

Advertisements ★★★☆☆ The American writer Henry Miller once said that he hated writing but he loved having written, and it would seem he had a kindred spirit in the French writer Violette Leduc, who is at […]

Film Review: ‘Still the Enemy Within’

Advertisements ★★★★☆ There are a series of events from a country’s recent past that illuminate with the ferocity of a burning church. The perfect storm of Margaret Thatcher gaining control of the Conservatives, her party’s return […]

Film Review: ‘Le Jour Se Lève’

Advertisements ★★★★★ There’s bleak and then there’s Le Jour Se Lève (1939). To celebrate the film’s 75th anniversary, this week sees the release of an immaculate 4K restoration along with what the Independent Cinema Office are […]