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Lizzie – LFF 2018 Review

Lizzie wastes no time laying out its theories as to who committed the 1892 Borden murders, a grisly double homicide by hatchet for which no one was ever found guilty. Opening on the immediate aftermath of the...
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Arctic – Review

This review was originally published as part of our London Film Festival coverage on 27/09/2018. It’s still relatively rare for internet stars to make a successful leap into cinema, but that is, for the...
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22 July – Venice 2018 Review

How soon is too soon to make drama out of tragedy is a question that Hollywood has long wrestled with. 22 July director Paul Greengrass knows this terrain perhaps better than anyone, helming United 93 just...
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Vox Lux – Review

This review was originally published as part of our Venice Film Festival coverage on 05/09/2018. Brady Corbet’s fascination with power and influence - so evident in his blistering debut about...
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Never Look Away – Review

This review was originally published as part of our Venice Film Festival coverage on 05/09/2018. Never Look Away’s most striking achievement is that it remains watchable for its over three hour runtime, a...
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The Accused – Venice 2018 Review

A splashy, flashy courtroom drama, The Accused feels, in many ways, like a throwback. In the era of Peak TV, where mysteries often unravel over tens of hours only to reveal further questions to be answered, a...
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At Eternity’s Gate – Review

This review was published as part of our Venice film festival coverage on 03/09/2018.  With At Eternity’s Gate coming out less than a year after Loving Vincent, the life of Vincent van Gogh seems like...
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Dragged Across Concrete – Review

This review was originally published as part of our Venice Film Festival coverage on 03/09/2018. S. Craig Zahler’s last two films, Bone Tomahawk and Brawl in Cell Block 99, pushed the boundaries of being...
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Suspiria – Venice 2018 Review

Suspiria is not a film to have mild feelings about. Like Darren Aronofsky’s mother!, Luca Guadagnino’s remake/reimagining arrives in Venice as a work of gonzo, philosophically minded horror that all but...
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Peterloo – Venice 2018 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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Roma – Venice 2018 Review

Following up his lauded, game-changing Gravity, Alfonso Cuaron has chosen something a lot more grounded with Roma. A passion project for the filmmaker, he directs, writes, produces, edits, and acts as DOP for...