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The Negotiator – Review

Given the propensity of most spy movie heroes to do very little actual intelligence gathering and far more murdering, it’s always refreshing to see a protagonist concerned with solving problems with as...
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Incredibles 2 – Review

In the 14 years since the original Incredibles, the superhero genre has changed almost immeasurably. While, for the most part, the sequel avoids the new traditions and tropes that have sprung up, the...
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Leave No Trace – Review

Best known for launching the career of Jennifer Lawrence with Winter’s Bone, Debra Granik’s first film since that 2010 entry is another excellent story of hidden, isolated Americans with a breakout central...
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Leave No Trace – Review

Best known for launching the career of Jennifer Lawrence with Winter’s Bone, Debra Granik’s first film since that 2010 entry is another excellent story of hidden, isolated Americans with a breakout central...
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Amant Double – Review

This film was previously reviewed on 07/10/2017 as part of London Film Festival. For its first two thirds, François Ozon’s Amant Double feels like the most stereotypically French film ever made. Starring...
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Zama – Review

This film was previously reviewed 30/08/17 on as part of Venice Film Festival. "White guys go crazy in the South American jungle" is a well-worn genre at this point. From Werner Herzog’s one-two of...
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Lean On Pete – Review

This film was previously reviewed on 01/09/17 as part of Venice Film Festival. Full of wide, near-barren vistas and trying to fit three different films into one, Andrew Haigh’s Lean on Pete has all the...
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The Leisure Seeker – Review

This film was previously reviewed on 03/09/17 as part of Venice Film Festival. Paolo Virzi’s The Leisure Seeker wastes no time getting started. No sooner are we introduced to its world than we are...
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Wonderstruck – Review

This film was previously reviewed on 05/10/17 as part of London Film Festival. To call a movie set in two distinct time periods a "film of two halves" might seem overly trite, but unfortunately, it’s the...
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Thoroughbreds – Review

Writing-directing debuts don’t come much more slick or polished than Cory Finley’s Thoroughbreds. A taut blast of a thriller, it announces a serious new filmmaking talent as well as further confirming the...
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The Third Murder – Review

This film was previously reviewed on 05/09/17 as part of the Venice Film Festival. A rare foray into more genre-style filmmaking for master of small family dramas Hirokazu Koreeda, The Third Murder is a...
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Pacific Rim Uprising – Review

With its lacklustre US box office and director Guillermo del Toro busy winning Oscars, a sequel to the wonderful monsters vs robots extravaganza Pacific Rim looked unlikely. Five years later, the sequel has...