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The House by the Sea – Review

This review was originally published as part of our Venice Film Festival coverage on 03/09/2017. Self-indulgent, glacially slow, and painfully boring, Robert Guédiguian’s The House by the Sea is...
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Lizzie – Review

This review was originally published as part of our London Film Festival coverage on 03/10/2018. Lizzie wastes no time laying out its theories as to who committed the 1892 Borden murders, a grisly double...
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Aquaman – Review

Skulking onto the scene as the first DC movie after the ignominious critical reception and woeful box office performance of Justice League, James Wan’s Aquaman has both everything and nothing to prove –...
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Suspiria – Review

This film was previously reviewed on 02/09/18 as part of Venice Film Festival. Suspiria is not a film to have mild feelings about. Like Darren Aronofsky’s mother!, Luca Guadagnino’s remake/reimagining...
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Widows – Review

As one of the most rigorous and unflinching auteurs to emerge in the last decade, it would have been hard to guess that Steve McQueen’s fourth feature, Widows – his first since his Oscar-winning 12 Years...
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Overlord – Review

With a premise that is essentially Call of Duty: Nazi Zombies – The Movie, Overlord leans heavily into its video game influences, for better and (mainly) worse. One part World War II story, one part schlock...
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Peterloo – Review

For all the wrong reasons, you can tell Peterloo was a passion project for Mike Leigh, and that the longstanding, beloved auteur has a deep fascination for the period. Every scrap of historical detail about...
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Burning – LFF 2018 Review

It’s not often that you watch a two and a half hour film and think, ‘that could have been longer.’ Such is the power of Burning that it could last eight hours and it would still be compelling, a dark,...
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Museum – LFF 2018 Review

Based on an unlikely and incredible true story, Museum is a film with a mountain of ideas and things to say that sometimes finds itself swamped by its own ambition. Following Juan (Gael García Bernal), a...
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Birds of Passage – Review

This review was originally published as part of our London Film Festival coverage on 18/10/2018 Just as Embrace of the Serpent grounded itself in indigenous stories, so too does Ciro Guerra’s followup...
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Donbass – LFF 2018 Review

Truth is a fickle concept at the best of times, but during a war sponsored by one of the world’s greatest purveyors of Fake News, the very notions of facts and rationality go flying out the window. This is...
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Touch Me Not – LFF 2018 Review

A fair few films have used the narrative trick of blurring reality and fiction, but almost none of them have done it as confusingly and pointlessly as Touch Me Not. A perverse and neurotic study of intimacy,...