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In the Fade – Review

In the Fade could be called a revenge thriller, but if that conjures an image of a titillating action movie, it couldn’t be more misleading. Fatih Akin’s film is a quiet but unrelenting tragedy, led by a...
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Set It Up – Review

Set It Up is a fun, refreshing film in a time where romcoms that enter our cultural consciousness are either iconoclastic Hollywood blockbusters (from Bridesmaids to Pretty Woman) or cringe-worthy Netflix...

Super Troopers 2 – Review

It’s been 15 years since Broken Lizard’s first instalment of Super Troopers (2001), a film that, while sitting comfortably within the cult-comedy category, was never considered more than a B-movie. Which...
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Six Rounds – Review

Mark Duggan, an unarmed black man aged 29, was shot dead by police in Tottenham, north London on 4th August 2011, inciting six days of riots that swept England. The chaos, and the systemic injustices leading...
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A Ciambra – Review

This film was previously reviewed on 14/10/2017 as part of London Film Festival. Nominated as Italy’s Oscar contender, Jonas Carpignano’s Scorsese-backed follow-up to his acclaimed Mediterrenea is a...
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The Happy Prince – Review

This film was previously reviewed on 20/02/2018 as part of Berlinale 2018. “Why does one run towards ruin?” As Oscar Wilde, Rupert Everett is a self-indulgent falling star, a whimsical washout whining...
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Hereditary – Review

This film was previously reviewed on 31/05/2018 as part of Sundance London 2018. The confident, lean and mean directorial horror debut from Ari Aster, Hereditary, sees a family turn in on itself in...
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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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Alex Strangelove – Review

Craig Johnson has never matched 2014’s The Skeleton Twins, and Alex Strangelove doesn’t change that. It’s an affable entry to the high school movie genre, and squeezes in several pleasant surprises...
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Leave No Trace – Review

Best known for launching the career of Jennifer Lawrence with Winter’s Bone, Debra Granik’s first film since that 2010 entry is another excellent story of hidden, isolated Americans with a breakout central...
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The Boy Downstairs – Review

The Boy Downstairs, although it may most comfortably sit within the rom-com genre, avoids the common tropes and clichés of many of the poorer (and multitudinous) romantic comedies. Diana (a quirky Zosia...
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McQueen – Review

A question that any biographical documentary must face is how do you capture the soul, personality, and genius of your subject matter? McQueen tackles the challenge through a thorough, intelligent, and...
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Ismael’s Ghosts – Review

In what is their seventh collaboration together, Arnaud Desplechin and Mathieu Amalric offer up a fevered, impenetrable film that might prove too inaccessible even for French art-house cinema, which might...