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Pass Over – Review

Spike Lee’s Pass Over brings Antoinette Nwandu’s play of the same name to the screen, delivering something that’s neither a fresh work nor your run-of-the-mill filmed play. Pass Over begins with shots...
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Air (Luft) – BFI Flare 2018 Review

Air is a thoroughly multisensory experience that will really reward those willing to surrender to and embrace a storytelling approach that embodies the ‘show don’t tell’ maxim to the extreme. The near...
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Becks – BFI Flare 2018 Review

Becks is the latest entry into a dramatic subgenre in which an adult prodigal daughter returns to her backwater hometown in a somewhat washed-up situation. Examples include Young Adult, Colossal, and from last...
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Snapshots – BFI Flare 2018 Review

Despite a bit of overacting, contrived drama and some pretty clunky plot devices, Snapshots is very hard not to like. Perhaps because this is a movie starring largely women, made predominantly by women, and...
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I Got Life! (Aurore) – Review

This French comedy/drama is very much aimed at women of a certain age, who will rightly lap it up. Those outside the target demographic, however, should also find plenty to enjoy in I Got Life!. A stream...
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The Islands and the Whales – Review

Far more than a travelogue-esque curio investigating the unfamiliar customs of a foreign land, Mike Day’s The Islands and the Whales offers documentation of national history in the making. The film’s...
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My Days of Mercy – Review

This review was originally published as part of our BFI Flare coverage on 21/03/2018. Ellen Page fans can breathe a (moderate) sigh of relief. My Days of Mercy, her second high-profile LGBT film, doesn’t...
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The Square – Review

Ruben Östlund has bested the unforgettable Force Majeure. The Square is delightfully unhinged; a viewing experience that can’t be conveniently collapsed into review-friendly phrases like “precocious art...
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Brad’s Status – Review

With Mike White’s Brad’s Status, a serious Ben Stiller plays a character like those he’s embodied in his work with Noah Baumbach. Brad is familiar – another version of the antiheroes in Greenberg and...
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Team Talk – Star Wars: The Last Jedi

It's that time of year again. Christmas? No. Time for a new Star Wars release! After the continuity-eschewing interlude of Rogue One, we're back in the franchise's main stable to catch up with the characters...
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Menashe – Review

Menashe may rest on the laurels of its striking USP – it’s a Yiddish-language film starring a father-son duo of non-professional actors – yet it’s both charming and totally immersive. The narrative...
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Team Talk – Justice League

At long last, DC's second ensemble stab at an extended universe movie is here! As our writer Joni wrote in his review, "The DC Extended Universe has taken quite a beating", critically and commercially, on...