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Jawbone – Review

Jawbone is an odd hybrid of gritty British drama, character study, and sports movie. It develops so slowly that it’s almost a surprise to see protagonist Jimmy suddenly climb into the boxing ring for a...
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The Levelling – Review

This absorbing feature debut from writer-director Hope Dickson Leach is expertly controlled and assembled, with convincingly detailed sets and a barely-there score which never crowds the central...
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Lady Macbeth – Review

Lady Macbeth is period drama without the hard edges filed off; its plot lives in the spaces of illegitimacy, upstairs-downstairs romance, and single-minded ambition that are usually denied or shamed in more...
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A Dark Song – Review

A Dark Song makes its first impression as a slow-building drama, opening atmospherically with a mournful score and moody timelapse photography of stormy skies. Leads Catherine Walker and Steve Oram walk a fine...
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Pushing Dead – BFI Flare 2017 Review

While Pushing Dead lacks a consistently engaging narrative, writer-director Tom E. Brown has created a bravely idiosyncratic tone and style that nevertheless demands attention. The most overt component of this...
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Free CeCe! – BFI Flare 2017 Review

Free CeCe! promises to be another excoriating exposé of the injustices of the American legal and prison systems, tackling an uninterrogated part of the story tracked in Ava DuVernay’s 13th by specifically...
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Heartland – BFI Flare Review 2017

For a film named Heartland, Maureen Anderson’s debut can be pretty critical of the American Midwest. Beth Grant is saddled with the thankless negative stereotype of a traditionalist, homophobic mother, and...
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After Louie – BFI Flare 2017 Review

Where countless films have collapsed inheritance between second-wave feminists and subsequent generations of women into platonic or familial intergenerational conflict, After Louie revitalises the motif in the...
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Get Out – Review

Jordan Peele’s Get Out has quite accurately been described as a horror movie where the villain is racism. In this accomplished first feature, Peele intelligently intertwines historical contexts of racially...
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Certain Women – Review

If Alice Munro made films, you’d pray they’d look like this. Kelly Reichardt’s adaptation of short stories by Montana native Maile Meloy has a staggeringly subtle touch, and is an experience more...
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Denial – Review

Denial is bold in crafting a fictionalised Deborah Lipstadt who isn’t always easy to like; Weisz is fierce and prickly and at times almost unrecognisable. It’s a far cry from the tedious tear-jerking of...