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Murder Me, Monster – Cannes 2018 Review

Argentinian writer-director Alejandro Fadel doesn’t pull any punches in his ghoulish and gory horror, Murder Me, Monster. His opening scene, a close-up of a woman with a slit throat slowly bleeding out and...
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Shoplifters – Cannes 2018 Review

Hirokazu Kore-eda is on familiar ground with Shoplifters, the story of an unconventional family unit on the fringes of society who beg, steal and borrow to get by. It’s the most fun Kore-eda has been in...
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BlacKkKlansman – Cannes 2018 Review

In 2012, when Obama was president and racism in America seemed to be fading, Django Unchained featured a notorious scene with the Ku Klux Klan. Squabbling about eyeholes and spare bags, the white supremacist...
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Happy as Lazzaro – Cannes 2018 Review

Alice Rohrwacher’s gentle domestic comedy, Happy as Lazzaro, is a hard film to define. It’s full of grim social realism, light conversational comedy, and surreal jumps in time that warp reality to make...
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Fahrenheit 451 – Cannes 2018 Review

Ray Bradbury’s iconoclastic 1953 novel has not been this relevant for a long time. Fahrenheit 451 was written as a defence of books and intellectualism against the growth of TV and other mindless...
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Girls of the Sun – Cannes 2018 Review

The war on terror has never really ended since the touch paper was lit on 9/11. Troops landed, and left, enemies were vanquished, and changed, domestic threats grew, and faded. After all this time, it’s easy...
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Three Faces – Cannes 2018 Review

If you want to know what a film is, ask Jafar Panahi. Under the thumb of a repressive Iranian regime that censors its cinema, he has found ingenious ways to redefine the form itself. His solutions are often a...
Mandy

Mandy – Cannes 2018 Review

When Nic Cage’s performance is the most normal thing about a film, you know you’re dealing with something truly extraordinary. The first thing you notice about Mandy is its look. It’s like...

Girl – Cannes 2018 Review

“Enjoy puberty while it lasts.” This well-meaning advice from the titular girl’s father (Arieh Worthalter) is a cruel joke to most teenagers, let alone trans teens. Lara is a 16-year-old trans girl,...
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Tully – Review

How many positive depictions of motherhood in cinema can you think of? Whether it’s with body horror or performance anxiety, filmmakers over the years have made it very clear that being a mother is no bed of...
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BPM (Beats Per Minute) – Review

This film was previously reviewed on 21/05/17 as part of Cannes Film Festival. Acclaimed writer/director Robin Campillo returns with BPM (Beats Per Minute), an incendiary and challenging film about the Act...