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Lean On Pete – Venice 2017 Review

Full of wide, near-barren vistas and trying to fit three different films into one, Andrew Haigh’s Lean on Pete has all the hallmarks of a Brit director’s first foray to America. It gets lost in the...
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Human Flow – Venice 2017 Review

Mass migration is one of the biggest international crises of the last decade, with more people displaced now than at any point since the end of World War 2. As artist and activist Ai Weiwei's documentary...
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The Insult – Venice 2017

A courtroom drama, a study of masculinity in crisis, and a treatise on the geopolitical state of modern Lebanon, Ziad Doueiri’s The Insult has tonnes of ambition, but lacks the focus and intensity needed...
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Zama – Venice 2017 Review

"White guys go crazy in the South American jungle" is a well-worn genre at this point. From Werner Herzog’s one-two of Aguirre and Fitzcarraldo, to more modern spins Embrace of the Serpent and The Lost City...
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Downsizing – Venice 2017 Review

Alexander Payne kicks off the 2017 Venice Film Festival with a strange, ambitious, and often pummellingly downbeat story. After Norwegian scientists make the miraculous breakthrough of cellular miniaturisation...
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Detroit – Review

Kathryn Bigelow’s return to cinemas couldn’t be more tragically timely. Just over a week after the horrifying Nazi rally in Charlottesville, the racism deep at the roots of the American psyche has been...
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Mindhorn – Review

Plenty of films shoot on the Isle of Man, but Julian Barratt’s new comedy Mindhorn is one of the few to set itself in this particularly quaint corner of the UK. With a rural murder-conspiracy investigated by...