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Charlie Says – Venice 2018 Review

The tastefulness of marking the 50th anniversary of the Manson murders with a slew of films, TV shows and documentaries is highly debatable, but if you’re going to do it, at least Mary Harron is a more...
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Sunset – Venice 2018 Review

László Nemes’ previous film, Son of Saul, was a harrowing and visceral fever dream, dragging the viewer through the charnel house of a concentration camp in Nazi Germany. Much of its power came from...
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The Announcement – Venice 2018 Review

When political instability becomes the norm, what happens to the fear and drama it normally inspires? The Announcement, directed by Mahmut Fazil Coskun, puts the basics of social interaction under the...
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The Favourite – Venice 2018 Review

Yorgos Lanthimos and his tragicomic experiments have been a favourite of arthouse cinema for years now, from the bloody Dogtooth and The Killing of a Sacred Deer to the oddly tender The Lobster. If his...
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BlacKkKlansman – 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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Pope Francis: A Man of His Word – Review

You may expect a film about the current Pope to be of interest only to religious viewers, but veteran director Wim Wenders tries his hardest to generate a broader audience for his gentle documentary. This is a...
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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again – Review

Whether Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again reads like a cheer or a threat depends entirely on how much you enjoyed the first film. Let’s be honest, you know exactly what you’re getting here. Nominally a Mamma...
Hotel Artemis

Hotel Artemis – Review

Hotel Artemis is set during one chaotic night in the eponymous hotel, run by The Nurse (an incredible Jodie Foster) as an emergency hospital for criminals, and is apparently somehow not a John...
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Ocean’s 8 – Review

It’s still depressingly rare for a film to have all women in the lead roles, but Ocean’s 8 would have been worthy of very little attention if that was the only remarkable thing about it. Instead, it...
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Solo: A Star Wars Story – Review

This film was previously reviewed on 16/05/18 as part of Cannes Film Festival. Is it possible to have too much of a good thing? Film franchises prompt that question on a daily basis, with every...