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On Chesil Beach – Review

This film was previously reviewed on 08/10/2017 as part of London Film Festival. Adapted by the author of the 166-page novella it is based on, Dominic Cooke’s On Chesil Beach offers the promise of...
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Filmworker – Review

This film was previously reviewed on 03/10/2017 as part of London Film Festival. Leon Vitali does not refer to himself as Stanley Kubrick’s personal assistant, but an unspecific, self-effacing...
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Dark River – Review

This film was previously reviewed on 09/10/17 as part of London Film Festival. Premiering at Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes and winning British Film of the Year at the London Critics Circle Film Awards,...
Makala

Makala – Review

This film was previously reviewed on 21/09/17 as part of London Film Festival. In Swahili, "makala" means "charcoal". Emmanuel Gras’s observational documentary follows Kabwita Kasongo as he journeys 50...
Brigsby Bear

Brigsby Bear – Review

This was originally reviewed on 23/09/17 as part of London Film Festival. Debut director Dave McCary and SNL co-star Kyle Mooney have teamed up for Brigsby Bear, a videophile flick that is ripe for laughs...
Beach Rats

Beach Rats – Review

This was first reviewed on 06/10/17 as part of London Film Festival. The kids who roam Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn are known as "beach rats". Self-medicating with a cocktail of painkillers and narcotics, they...
Abracadabara

Abracadabara – LFF 2017 Review

Pablo Berger’s latest is the playful madcap comedy Abracadabra. The director doesn’t stay still for long at all. His previous features include the 2012 hit black-and-white silent film Blancanieves which...
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Angels Wear White – LFF 2017 Review

Given recent events, Angels Wear White couldn’t be more timely. Vivian Qu’s latest is an uncannily prescient depiction of the enormous cover-up of child sexual assault and the bravery it takes to be the...
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Anchor and Hope – LFF 2017 Review

As the title of a film, Carlos Marques-Marcet’s Anchor and Hope raises all sorts of bleak expectations of a film entering maudlin rom-com territory. Fortunately, it is just the name of the East London pub...
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Grain – LFF 2017 Review

Navigating the "Dare" strand of the London Film Festival can bring the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. Often there is absolutely no way of telling what lies ahead; it is as thrilling as it is...
Reinventing Marvin

Reinventing Marvin – LFF 2017 Review

Based on Edouard Louis’s novel published at the tender age of 21, The End of Eddy, Reinventing Marvin articulates the difficulty of coming out within a hostile working-class environment. Anne Fontaine’s...
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Good Manners – LFF 2017 Review

This review contains spoilers, if you don’t what to know what happens look away now! That said, if a film’s success rests on it’s one big reveal, can it be truly good? We’re not too sure. Included...
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A Ciambra – LFF 2017 Review

Nominated as Italy’s Oscar contender, Jonas Carpignano’s Scorsese-backed follow-up to his acclaimed Mediterrenea is a must-see. Set in the Calabrian coastal town of Gioia Tauro, A Ciambra turns its...
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Faces Places – LFF 2017 Review

Faces Places is a documentary made by Agnès Varda and JR to accompany their large scale ‘Inside Out’ photography project. Their big names certainly risk stealing the limelight, but their reverence for the...
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Dark River – LFF 2017 Review

Premiering at Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes and winning British Film of the Year at the London Critics Circle Film Awards, The Selfish Giant was Clio Barnard’s second feature. It is safe to say that after...