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Hampstead – Review

As the opening titles begin, a lone kite floats whimsically over Hampstead Heath… and realisation dawns: this already seems rather Mary Poppins. By those titles’ end – all Hampstead Village in dappled...
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Rules Don’t Apply – Review

Fourteen-time Oscar nominee Warren Beatty's newest picture comes with certain expectations and, despite the wry casting of legendary Hollywood Lothario Beatty as eccentric aviator-producer billionaire (and...
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Their Finest – Review

Second World War-based films seem to be a particularly British obsession – but here comes Their Finest to remind us, in a rather shining example, why that's quite a good idea. A sweet, spiky and...
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City of Tiny Lights – Review

The private investigator spiel of City of Tiny Lights is well-trodden ground. It's refreshing, though, to see it set in the dirtier, dicier suburbs of West London, bringing realism to the piece as well as an...
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Trespass Against Us – Review

Trespass Against Us is a global tale told on a local scale in the ruralness of Gloucestershire. With shades of The Godfather, it's a study in the complex bonds of masculinity and patriarchy as Chad...
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The Promise – Review

An impressive amount of access - and diligence - sets this true crime documentary apart from others. The Promise's angle of Jens Söring's possible (and protested) innocence - he claims to have provided a...
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The Giant – LFF 2016 Review

The Giant is an imaginative "human interest" story, something expected to feature in a local newscast's warm and fuzzy "and finally..." section. It is also a well-trodden - and sweetly simple - underdog...
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We Are X – LFF 2016 Review

Documentary director Stephen Kijak is clearly fascinated by band and "visual kei" pioneers X Japan and, although informative, the opening segment of We Are X teeters on the edge of pandering to founder Yoshiki...
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London Town – LFF 2016 Review

London Town is a charming - if slightly implausible - tale of the capital and its undercurrents in 1979. It's also about diligent teenager Shay (Huttlestone) letting loose at just the time when more...
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Trolls – LFF 2016 Review

Trolls. Is. So. Colourful. In theory, this sounded like its only virtue, seeming like a misjudged cash-grabbing exercise with a passé '90s toy. Happily, however, Trolls subverts expectations with an...