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First Love – Review

Originally reviewed as part of our Cannes Film Festival coverage in May 2019. Opening the late night screening of First Love – shown as part of the Directors’ Fortnight strand at Cannes – veteran...
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Portrait of a Lady on Fire – Review

Originally reviewed as part of our Cannes Film Festival coverage in May 2019. Portraying someone in a work of art inevitably means gathering intimate details about their life. The way they blush when...
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Emma. – Review

This is the most visually striking Austen adaptation since Clueless. But unfortunately efforts have gone into the Grand Budapest-hued aesthetic above all else, leaving Emma with absolutely nothing new to...
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Parasite – Review

Originally reviewed as part of our Cannes Film Festival coverage in May 2019. There’s a lesser version of this film full of simple, signposted twists, broad, caricatured performances, and crude, obvious...
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Birds of Prey – Review

With dull, failed reboots like Men in Black and Hellboy, and heinous franchise finales like Rise of Skywalker and Dark Phoenix, 2019 was a bad year for blockbusters. Thankfully, 2020 seems to be here to set it...
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Talking About Trees – Review

69 years ago, the inaugural issue of Cahiers du cinéma featured as its cover star Sunset Blvd. Suhaib Gasmelbari opens his documentary Talking About Trees along the same lines, as its subjects – a gang of...
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The Lighthouse – Review

At its best, cinema can approach being indescribable. ‘F.W. Murnau directs an episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ doesn’t make any kind of coherent sense on paper, nor is it something you can...
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Color Out of Space – Review

With his focus on the terror of the indescribable, H.P. Lovecraft has always proved hard to adapt. Whether it’s the Garth Marenghi-esque ‘70s version of The Dunwich Horror or Guillermo Del Toro being...
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Queen and Slim – Review

Fugitive road movies struggle to cover new territory, with fierce competition from genre defining giants. Queen and Slim takes well-known elements from different sources and creates an interesting compound,...
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Bombshell – Review

“Blood coming out of her… wherever” was, regrettably, an instantly recognisable moment from Trump’s presidential campaign. Megyn Kelly, the Fox anchor he was describing, takes centre stage in...
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1917 – Review

1917’s spirit is about showing strength in the face of adversity – but how that message is delivered removes any triteness. The film puts a personal face, in two young lance corporals, to warfare. 1917...
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Little Women – Review

Walking out of Little Women, it's hard to think that a more perfect adaptation of an already perfect novel exists. Sense and Sensibility (1995) and The Age of Innocence (1993) perhaps come close, but neither...
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Cats – Review

Nothing quite like Cats has been attempted on the big screen – and one hopes nothing like it is attempted again. From the first trailer, Cats has been defined by the bafflement around its digital fur...