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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...
3 Faces

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,...
Tully

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...
Bpm

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...
Ready Player One

Ready Player One – Review

Steven Spielberg: we’re not angry, we’re just disappointed. And also quite angry, to be honest. The man himself could be blindfolded and still direct one of the best films of any given year, but in...
Mute

Mute – Review

We honestly couldn’t tell you what happens in Mute. And that’s not a spoiler warning. Alexander Skarsgård is a mute bartender searching for his missing girlfriend, Paul Rudd is a black-market surgeon and...
Cloverfield Paradox

The Cloverfield Paradox – Review

When a film is released with next to no warning or hype, it means one of two things: a car crash is being cleaned up before too many people see it, or the finished film is so good it will grab attention...