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Outcast – Review

Show Nick Powell's debut to some poor soul and ask who, in this monstrosity of a film, can boast a shiny gold statue called Oscar on their mantle and they may assume you’ve been lobotomised. Fear not,...
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The Wicked – Review

There’s a rumoured witch in the office, the introvert who ruthlessly bullies her co-workers. Park Ju-hui takes centre stage in Yoo Young-sun’s The Wicked, dramatic performances oozing tension and...
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Attack on Titan: Part 1 – Review

Whilst it was a Japanese box office behemoth, Attack on Titan fails to deliver on its gargantuan potential in the first of Shinji Higuchi’s manga adaption two-parter. Expansive source material and high...
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Listen to Me Marlon – Review

“In their own words” documentaries have become rather popular of late, though none are as remarkable as this – provided you’re already a Brando fan. The exquisite construction of this film is...
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Mississippi Grind – Review

A nuanced performance from leading man Ben Mendelsohn elevates this by-the-numbers buddy movie into a stuttering character study about good people who do bad things. Taking its cue from classic The Sting,...
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The Last Witch Hunter – Review

It’s easy to see how Vin Diesel, a self-declared D&D fanatic, would be drawn into the world of The Last Witch Hunter. There are flashes here and there of a fantasy universe as richly drawn as John...
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Spectre – Review

Spectre’s plot is simple enough, and largely follows the same beats as Skyfall: a sinister figure from Bond’s past, interfering bureaucrats, parts of London being blown up. This isn’t necessarily a...
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Crimson Peak – Review

When you think of skin-crawlingly sinister yet emotionally hefty cinema, the first name that springs to mind is undoubtedly veteran auteur Guillermo del Toro and his stylistic masterpiece Pan's...
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Necktie Youth – LFF Review

With its Pulp Fiction-esque sprawl and community of Johannesburg teens, writer and director Mer’s Necktie Youth bears all the hallmarks of a precociously talented young filmmaker – for better or...
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My Scientology Movie – LFF Review

Hamstrung by the Church of Scientology’s understandable lack of cooperation, Louis Theroux borrows meta recreation techniques from the likes of The Act of Killing to ingenious effect. Actors’...
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Light Years – LFF Review

Light Years has the kitchen-sink stylistic trappings of an Andrea Arnold film, yet the conflict that drives the narrative is far less apparent. As a result it is at times laboriously low-key, but there are...
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Mr Gaga – LFF Review

Somewhat understandably, Mr Gaga is overly reliant on enchanting and hypnotic footage of Naharin’s shows, and the film is bolstered by frank interview input from its subject. Rather than answer the...
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My Golden Days – LFF Review

In blending Jean-Pierre Jeunet-esque whimsical adventure with a sentimentalised recollection of past love Desplechin straddles and ultimately crosses the line between charm and irksomeness. Stylistically...
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Sunset Song – LFF Review

Sunset Song’s chronicling of rural wartime hardship is nothing we haven’t seen before. Abusive patriarchs, repressed women and traumatised soldiers are unoriginal ingredients, but Davies turns them into...
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My Skinny Sister – LFF Review

This painfully intimate family drama depicts the intense bond between sisters with uncanny power. Together Josephson and Deasismont embody both the joy and rivalry of siblinghood so recognisably that it’s...