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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...
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Queen of Katwe – LFF 2016 Review

Queen of Katwe is an emotional and inspirational film, sprinkled with Disney magic, although the true story does most of the heartrending speaking for itself. Phiona (newcomer Nalwanga) sells maize in...
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Dancer – LFF 2016 Review

Dancer is Sergei Polunin, the tattooed 'bad boy of ballet'. Aged just 23 and at the height of his powers, he sensationally quit his role as Principal with the Royal Ballet - the pinnacle of a usual career....
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The Bacchus Lady – LFF 2016 Review

Both frothy and melancholy, The Bacchus Lady dives into its unexpected tale of one of South Korea’s infamous "Bacchus ladies" who witnesses a stabbing at her STI clinic and takes the perpetrator’s son...
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Lupe Under the Sun – LFF 2016 Review

Lupe Under the Sun had the potential to be promising. It examines the life of a Mexican migrant living in California, eking out a meager existence as a fruit-picker. The film could have provided a searing...