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The Festival – Review

The Spanish-American philosopher George Santayana observed that "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." The words of the 20th-century philosopher ring true when watching 2018’s The...
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Christopher Robin – Review

In this return to the Hundred Acre Wood, Disney do what they do best. Christopher Robin is proper old-fashioned filmmaking. Money is well spent on a perfectly cast Ewan McGregor and on bringing ‘40s London...
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The Heiresses – Review

In Asunción, Paraguay, a wealthy older couple are faced with financial crisis after Chiquita (Margarita Irun) is served with a prison sentence. Her partner, Chela (a riveting Ana Brun), is a nervous introvert...
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The Darkest Minds – Review

Clearly, there are a million and one other dystopian teen flicks that The Darkest Minds could be compared to – The Hunger Games, Divergent, even X-Men, to name but a few. But honestly, it feels unfair to...
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The Meg – Review

Through the annals of time there have been tales of man pitting himself against monster, with fictional clashes of monolithic proportions rife throughout history. Hercules against the Hydra and David versus...
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Pope Francis: A Man of His Word – Review

You may expect a film about the current Pope to be of interest only to religious viewers, but veteran director Wim Wenders tries his hardest to generate a broader audience for his gentle documentary. This is a...
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The Negotiator – Review

Given the propensity of most spy movie heroes to do very little actual intelligence gathering and far more murdering, it’s always refreshing to see a protagonist concerned with solving problems with as...
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Sicilian Ghost Story – Review

Sicilian Ghost Story is a difficult film to pin down. Without the desire to spoil its content, there is a great similarity narrative-wise to Ridley Scott’s All The Money In The World, released earlier this...
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Hearts Beat Loud – Review

A film with a synopsis that must check every box in the ‘Sundance movie’ criteria, Hearts Beat Loud is a light, enjoyable film that washes over you - though perhaps doesn’t linger in the mind long after...
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Ant-Man and The Wasp – Review

It turns out that a movie about people shrinking to minuscule size is a very appropriate choice to follow the gargantuan Avengers: Infinity War. The largest thing about Ant-Man and The Wasp might be the...
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Apostasy – Review

This film was previously reviewed on 09/10/2017 as part of London Film Festival. Apostasy raises very important questions on how religion can, or can’t, adapt to modern life. With a focus on a family of...
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A Prayer Before Dawn – Review

In what’s sure to be every tourist’s worst nightmare, A Prayer Before Dawn follows Billy Moore as he’s arrested on drug charges and sent to a notorious Thai prison. In a squalid cell where violence is a...
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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again – Review

Whether Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again reads like a cheer or a threat depends entirely on how much you enjoyed the first film. Let’s be honest, you know exactly what you’re getting here. Nominally a Mamma...