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The Glass Castle – Review

The Glass Castle doesn’t just beg the question of where the line between eccentric and irresponsible parenting lies; it dives headlong into the murky grey area in between. This is where we remain for the...
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Heartstone – Review

Where you might expect familiarity, Heartstone continually complicates and deepens its "innocence lost" narrative to tell a tale both fresh and universal. Expressive kinetic camerawork conveys boyish energy,...
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Pecking Order – Review

Thank goodness for documentary filmmakers. Without them we’d lack insight and even awareness of a whole gamut of oddball head-scratching topics. Without Slavko Martinov specifically, we’d have stayed...
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Zoology – Review

Zoology is torn between grotesque body horror and the aesthetics of naturalism and handheld camerawork. The latter helps produce an atmosphere which emphasises the extremely lonely life led by Natasha (Natalya...
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Una – Review

The best aspect of Una is its scrambled chronology. Flashbacks break up what could otherwise be a rather repetitive two-hander, albeit one made up of fine performances from both Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn....
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London Symphony – Review

This virtuoso display of editing weaves together a staggering volume of footage of contemporary London, addressing a wide spread of themes and geography with knife-sharp monochrome cinematography. Though...
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God’s Own Country – Review

Like Hope Dickson Leach’s The Levelling, God’s Own Country offers visceral insight into the life of an isolated farming family. Both films contain frank visuals of the necessary brutalities of farming and...
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Bushwick – Review

Bushwick assails the eyes and ears with near-continual gunfire and quease-making handheld cinematography. Being forced to follow the characters quickly becomes tedious, and not only visually. The majority of...
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The Odyssey – Review

The Odyssey is a radiant and celebratory combination of scientific discovery, cinema history and family saga. It’s as beautiful above sea level as below, boasting lusciously detailed production design. The...
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Step – Review

It’s frustrating that Step doesn’t bother to explain what step dance is, but if you’re willing to overlook this there is real insight within. The main subjects, high school seniors applying to college...
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Tom of Finland – Review

Whatever your expectations of Tom of Finland, it is sure to upend them. While much promotion has placed Touko Laaksonen’s erotic drawings emphatically front and centre, the film’s Touko keeps them...
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The Big Sick – Review

Ranging from gently witty to laugh-out-loud funny, The Big Sick is a vibrant comedy-drama which always engages despite broadly conventional structure and lack of stylisation. What it lacks in style, it makes...