Our Ladies

Our Ladies – LFF 2019 review

It's taken 20 years for Michael Caton-Jones to bring his adaptation of Alan Warner's novel The Sopranos to the big screen - and it's worth the wait. It's already had a second life as a stage musical...
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The Lighthouse – LFF 2019 Review

At its best, cinema can approach being indescribable. ‘FW 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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Maggie – LFF 2019 review

The shift from offbeat to bonkers can be glorious. For Maggie, an erratic structure mirrors the film’s examination of truth, perception and trust – but unfortunately in a way that comes across as more...
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Just Mercy – LFF 2019 Review

If one were to list off the common pitfalls of biopics, ‘formulaic’ would likely be near the top. Yet, Just Mercy proves that sticking rigidly to an expected formula need not necessarily be a bad thing as...
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Lucky Grandma – LFF 2019 review

There's a common belief that older women enjoy the goriest fiction. Certainly there's an invisibility that comes with age; a sense of being the constantly underestimated little old lady. In Lucky Grandma,...
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Harriet – LFF 2019 Review

Both in its premise and its marketing, Harriet looks like a straightforward Oscar-season piece of prestige biopic, telling an inspiring true story and hunting for acting trophies. In practice, though, Kasi...
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The Goldfinch – Review

There’s a scene in The Goldfinch where Hobie, a dealer and restorer of antique furniture, teaches protagonist Theo how to distinguish between a true antique and a fake. Fake antiques, he says, are dead...
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The Report – LFF 2019 Review

One of the most tiresome habits of modern film marketing and discourse is the obsession with timeliness. Every "serious" release has to be related to Trump or Brexit or MeToo, even if the connection is...
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Ready or Not – Review

Who's up for some literal class war? Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett's pitch-black horror comedy wears its politics on its sleeve, and is mostly the better for it. Ready or Not sets its dissection...
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Clemency – LFF 2019 Review

Opening with a blood-freezing look at a death row execution, Clemency starts heavily and only rarely lets you up to breathe from there. Chinonye Chukwu’s Sundance-conquering look at the barbaric inhumanity...
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Zombi Child – LFF 2019 Review

Just as Bertand Bonello’s last film, Nocturama, split its viewers down ideological lines, so too will Zombi Child divide audiences. Unfortunately, this time out, the difference will be between the people who...
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Monos – LFF 2019 Review

Melding a teen drama with the hypnotic jungle trip of Apocalypse Now, Monos is a film both easy to pigeonhole and hard to fully get a handle on. It defies expectations, from the strange, shifting story to its...