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Just Mercy – LFF 2019 Review

If one were to list off the common pitfalls of biopics, ‘formulaic’ would likely be near the top. Yet, Just Mercy proves that sticking rigidly to an expected formula need not necessarily be a bad thing as...
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Harriet – LFF 2019 Review

Both in its premise and its marketing, Harriet looks like a straightforward Oscar-season piece of prestige biopic, telling an inspiring true story and hunting for acting trophies. In practice, though, Kasi...
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The Report – LFF 2019 Review

One of the most tiresome habits of modern film marketing and discourse is the obsession with timeliness. Every "serious" release has to be related to Trump or Brexit or MeToo, even if the connection is...
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Clemency – LFF 2019 Review

Opening with a blood-freezing look at a death row execution, Clemency starts heavily and only rarely lets you up to breathe from there. Chinonye Chukwu’s Sundance-conquering look at the barbaric inhumanity...
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Zombi Child – LFF 2019 Review

Just as Bertand Bonello’s last film, Nocturama, split its viewers down ideological lines, so too will Zombi Child divide audiences. Unfortunately, this time out, the difference will be between the people who...
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Monos – LFF 2019 Review

Melding a teen drama with the hypnotic jungle trip of Apocalypse Now, Monos is a film both easy to pigeonhole and hard to fully get a handle on. It defies expectations, from the strange, shifting story to its...
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Top 10 Space Movies

As the most inhospitable, difficult to reach, and mysterious place that humans have ever explored, the depths of space have long held a great fascination for filmmakers. Whether it’s in the fantasy context...
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Long Shot – Review

It’d be understandable to be dubious about the ‘Charlize Theron falls for Seth Rogen’ premise of Long Shot. How many more elegant woman with schlubby dude romances do we need? Yet, Long Shot is so warm,...
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Hellboy – Review

A cacophonously loud and violently hateful mess, 2019’s Hellboy reboot is clearly the result of a deeply troubled production (and with so many major superhero movies surrounding it, the reasoning behind...
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Sorry Angel – Review

A two-hour-plus romantic drama set in and around Paris in 1993 against the backdrop of Act Up and the AIDS crisis, Christophe Honoré’s Sorry Angel immediately calls to mind Robin Campillo’s recent, and...
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Foxtrot – Review

This review was originally published as part of our Venice Film Festival coverage on 03/09/2017.  In 2009, Israeli writer-director and former tank gunner Samuel Maoz blew away the competition at the Venice...
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Burning – Review

This review was originally published as part of our London Film Festival coverage on 19/10/2018. It’s not often that you watch a two-and-a-half-hour film and think, "that could have been longer." Such...
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Green Book – Review

This review was originally published as part of our London Film Festival coverage on 13/10/2018. An obvious crowd pleaser and Oscar-friendly awards player, it would be easy to underestimate Green Book. And...