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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...
Wonderstruck

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...
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Tomb Raider – Review

When faithfully adapting a video game as cinematic as the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot, you face inevitable accusations of pointlessness, however good the film ends up being. After all, what good is watching a...
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Sweet Country – Review

This film was originally reviewed on 10/10/2017 as part of London Film Festival. In the first seconds of Warwick Thornton’s outback Western Sweet Country a screaming brawl happens off screen, the camera...
Fantastic Woman

A Fantastic Woman – Review

This film was previously reviewed on 27/09/17 as part of London Film Festival. A Fantastic Woman arrives with a lot of prestige behind it. Sebastian Lelio’s film won the Silver Lion at Berlin after rave...