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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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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...
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Hermia & Helena – LFF 2016 Review

Hermia & Helena is rather frustrating. Beginning friskily - and a little quirkily - the scene is set when Camila (Agustina Muñoz) takes over Carmen’s (María Villar) artist’s residency in New York,...
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Wild – LFF 2016 Review

Wild is rather a disturbing film, depending on your frame of mind – if you’re in the kind of place where you’d find a wolf sexually attractive (and do something about it), though, you’ll feel right at...
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Ben-Hur – Review

Starting at breakneck pace (literally, ‘cos they’re in chariots, see?!), this somewhat baffling re-remake of Ben-Hur skips over the subtleties of gradual character development and setup in its bid to...
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The Colony – Review

Focusing on the now infamous Colonia Dignidad of Paul Schäfer, undisturbed in the Chilean countryside for near forty years, The Colony reads like something from the warped dystopian genre currently so beloved...
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The Secret Life Of Pets – Review

The Secret Life of Pets’ first fifteen minutes are perky and imaginative as the animal inhabitants of a block of New York flats wave their owners off to work before commencing their own daily routines. This...
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Green Room – Review

Green Room has a decent concept compared to what one might expect of a thriller/slasher flick: an unsigned band (all very credibly acted) plays a last-minute gig at a seedy, backwater venue, leading to...
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I Saw The Light – Review

I Saw the Light lurks disappointingly in the depths of biopic mediocrity, as a clunky structure (with annoying black and white ‘retrospective interviews’) does no favours for a frustratingly slow-moving...
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High-Rise – Review

High-Rise is quite the experience: weird, twisted, debauched – and sometimes downright confusing in its meanderings between multiple characters and bizarre scenarios.  The claustrophobic atmosphere of the...
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Allegiant – Review

Allegiant obeys the seemingly compulsory rule of hacking YA denouements in two. The action’s rather thinly-stretched and uneven, with repetitive stricken-faced arguments between the faction(less) leaders...