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Land of Dreams – Venice 2021 Review

Land of Dreams, Shirin Neshat and Shoja Azari’s eccentric political satire set in a dust-ridden United States where censuses collect dream data, is a profoundly American film – and a profoundly Iranian...
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The Last Duel – Venice 2021 Review

The Last Duel, Ridley Scott’s latest men-with-swords epic, is a medieval courtly tale for the #MeToo era. If this take sounds utterly meaningless, that is because it is, a state of affairs that entirely...
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Atlantide – Venice 2021 Review

Watching Atlantide at the Venice Film Festival, in the heart of the Venice Lagoon, is a sobering experience. Gone are the hordes of tourists and expensive film stars, gone are the gondolas and fridge magnets...
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Dune – Venice 2021 Review

Much has been made of Denis Villeneuve’s crusade for the physical institution of cinema but one thing is for certain: his much-delayed Dune is a phenomenon fit for the largest of screens. This is sheer...
Wendy

Wendy – Review

It has been almost a decade since Benh Zeitlin released Beasts of the Southern Wild to rapturous acclaim and his long-awaited follow-up comes – at first – as something of a surprise. His directorial debut...
Black Widow

Black Widow – Review

This article contains spoilers for Avengers: Endgame Say what you will about the MCU, it is without a doubt cinema’s most punctual franchise. With 23 films released over 11 years, the arrival of a new...
Promising Young Woman

Promising Young Woman – Review

Content warning: this film includes themes of rape. This awards season’s most divisive film is, at its heart, an object lesson in expectations and subversion. The set-up – a young woman targets...
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Executive Order – SXSW 2021 Review

It is difficult to know where to generically place Lázaro Ramos’ Executive Order. Set in a near future where Brazil’s Black population are forcibly deported to Africa, the film’s uncanny urban realism...
The End Of Us

The End of Us – SXSW 2021 Review

The End of Us is one of the first films to be produced by the recently established Buzzfeed Studios and it feels, appropriately, like an extended skit. The lighting has the flattened quality of Buzzfeed’s...
The Dig

The Dig – Review

Any other year, it would have been difficult to reconcile the minutiae of archaeological excavation against the backdrop of one of the century’s greatest military upheavals, but if the long 2020 has taught...
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Mogul Mowgli – Review

This film was previously reviewed in October 2020 as part of our coverage for London Film Festival. Mogul Mowgli begins with a lightning bolt of energy, as up-and-coming rapper Zed (Riz Ahmed) explodes onto...
Ma Rainey

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – Review

Midway through Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, the eponymous singer – played by Viola Davis – sits with one of her band members in their studio. She has, until now, been portrayed as a diva: refusing to sing...
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Farewell Amor – Review

This film was previously reviewed in October 2020 as part of our London Film Festival coverage. Farewell Amor’s opening scene, a man clutching flowers at an airport as his long-awaited family arrives from...