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Touch Me Not – LFF 2018 Review

A fair few films have used the narrative trick of blurring reality and fiction, but almost none of them have done it as confusingly and pointlessly as Touch Me Not. A perverse and neurotic study of intimacy,...
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Out of Blue – LFF 2018 Review

"We are all stardust" is the shiny, pseudo-metaphysical mantra of Carol Morley's Out of Blue, a phrase rendered meaningless when tacked onto this crime drama. The cosmos, dark matter, stardust, and parallel...
Wildrose

Wild Rose – LFF 2018 Review

Wild Rose's Rose-Lynn (Jessie Buckley) has all the trappings of a country star. A single mother and an ex-con with a name that just demands a Tennessee accent, she lives and breathes Country. Enamoured with...
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Destroyer – LFF 2018 Review

You can’t even look at a still of Destroyer without discussing the elephant in the room. Nicole Kidman blows everything else out of the water – the confidence in her performance is astounding. While no...
Life Itself

Life Itself – LFF 2018 review

You know the dude in Starbucks, the one with the thick-rimmed glasses, chequered shirt and a macchiato who’s forever working on his screenplay? Well, Life Itself is that very screenplay, and somehow it’s...
Lastchild

Last Child – LFF 2018 Review

If you’ve ever suffered the sudden and untimely death of a loved one, there’s much that will resonate in Last Child, director Dong-seok Shin’s slow-burning debut feature. The marriage of Sungcheol and...
Maya

Maya – LFF 2018 review

Returned to the world after four months under ISIS captivity, war reporter Gabriel (Roman Kolinka) comes back to Paris a man transformed and ill at ease with the haunting familiarities and the discomfiting...
Mirai

Mirai – LFF 2018 Review

The latest gem from Mamoru Hosoda is deceptively simple: a young boy named Kun worries about being eclipsed by his newborn baby sister. Through episodic little vignettes, we join Kun on an array of magical...
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The Spy Gone North – LFF 2018 Review

They got Al Capone on his taxes. In the '90s, the South Korean government went swinging for Kim Jong-il right where it hurts: the money. The Spy Gone North takes this convoluted true story of espionage, trade...
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Fahrenheit 11/9 – LFF 2018 review

“How the fuck did we get here?” asks Michael Moore at the start of his new documentary-cum-raging leftist polemic Fahrenheit 11/9, reflecting on the night Donald Trump was named 45th President of the...
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The Front Runner – LFF 2018 Review

It’s a tough time to talk about America; any film covering politics is drawn into the vortex of the current climate. The Front Runner is no exception; in positioning itself as something of a quasi-origin...
Rafiki

Rafiki – LFF 2018 Review

The title may mean “friend”, but the relationship between the two teen girls at the centre of Wanuri Kahiu’s Rafiki runs far deeper than that. Provoking a storm of controversy upon its initial...
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Dogman – LFF 2018 Review

An easy way to raise a film’s stakes is to put an infant or pet in harm's way. What impresses most in Matteo Garrone’s Dogman is that it manages to take the crown of 2018’s most stressful film while...