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Paddington 2 – Review

In the time between the release of the sublime first Paddington film in 2014 and the debut of its sequel this year, the UK has become a darker place. Brexit and isolationist xenophobia hang heavy in the air,...
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Lady Bird – LFF 2017 Review

Though Greta Gerwig has had plentiful scripting experience to complement her always exciting acting career, Lady Bird marks her debut in the world of directing (and writing alone). We’re very pleased to...
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The Lovers – LFF 2017 Review

Fittingly for a film about changing partners, The Lovers is an intriguing and eclectic mix of old and new. With its simple direction and old-fashioned score, it’s rather reminiscent of classical romances...
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The Rider – LFF 2017 Review

With The Rider, writer-director Chloé Zhao blurs the line between fact and fiction, casting a real South Dakota cowboy family as themselves to give a deeply empathetic insight into this harsh way of life....
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Sweet Country – LFF 2017 Review

In the first seconds of Warwick Thornton’s outback Western Sweet Country a screaming brawl happens off screen, the camera lingering on a pot about to boil over. It’s a plain statement of intent from a film...
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Going West – LFF 2017 Review

A gently amusing road movie with a warm worldview, decent sense of silliness, and lack of any challenges to its audience, Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken’s Going West is one of those European films that feels...
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Amant Double – LFF 2017 Review

For its first two thirds, François Ozon’s Amant Double feels like the most stereotypically French film ever made. Starring androgynous ingénue Chloé (Marine Vacth) who works in a modern art gallery and...
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Journey’s End – LFF 2017 Review

In adapting a play to the screen, there’s a tough balance to strike. You have to retain the essence of the original production without the limitations of that medium carrying over into the film. Earlier this...
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Wonderstruck – LFF 2017 Review

To call a movie set in two distinct time periods a "film of two halves" might seem overly trite, but unfortunately, it’s the best possible descriptor for Todd Haynes’ Wonderstruck. Taking place in both...
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A Fantastic Woman – LFF 2017 Review

A Fantastic Woman arrives at the London Film Festival with a lot of prestige behind it. Sebastian Lelio’s film won the Silver Lion at Berlin after rave reviews, and boasts both Pablo Larraín and Maren Ade...
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Stronger – LFF 2017 Review

It's a strange cinematic coincidence, but the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings have proved fertile ground for two excellent recent films – first with Peter Berg’s nail-biting Patriots Day, and now with the...
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Loveless – LFF 2017 Review

Apocalypses loom large in the world of Loveless, from the impending implosion of a family that gives the film its story to its setting in October 2012, with the Mayan calendar predicting the world’s end in...