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Desierto – LFF Review

A pulpy, old-fashioned cat-and-mouse thriller, Desierto pulls no punches - but offers few surprises - as it exhaustedly staggers towards its high-octane conclusion. Desierto makes no bones about what it...
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Yakuza Apocalypse – LFF Review

Take a look at that still up there. If it takes your fancy, then the ever-prolific Takashi Miike's latest, Yakuza Apocalypse, is probably for you. If not, turn back now. Gloriously trashy, Yakuza...
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Francofonia – LFF Review

Simultaneously philosophical, sombre and pretentious, yet playful, fun and firmly tongue-in-cheek, Francofonia employs a whimsical and varied approach - not unlike that of Chilean master Patricio Guzmán - to...
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One Floor Below – LFF Review

A promising plot collapses into a completely shapeless and tedious film beefed up to feature length by the inclusion of a huge amount of irrelevant mundane detail, such as an odd obsession with the...
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Queen Of Earth – LFF Review

Queen of Earth's opening could be deleted footage from Perry’s Listen Up Philip, but the quality of this follow-up's script and performances soon distracts from the repetition. Moss and Waterston offer...
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A Perfect Day – LFF Review

From its striking opening A Perfect Day is grubby and real, filled with weathered props and beautiful aerial shots of the suffering landscape. Though it has a well-defined style – established in part by...
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Cemetery of Splendour – LFF Review

Director Apichatpong Weerasethakul is best known for his beautiful, strange, but patience-testing films - Cemetery of Splendour is mainly just one of these, and unfortunately it's the last one. Never...
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My Nazi Legacy – LFF Review

Calm, rational and dignified all while shining light through a black hole. To navigate a topic such as the Holocaust with two children of Nazi generals provides a strong hook. It'd be easy to sensationalise,...
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Black Mass – LFF Review

Ably supported by a heavyweight cast, superior acting reigns supreme throughout this engrossing enough story. Black Mass sees Johnny Depp exhibit a predictably excellent transformation into cold-eyed...
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Very Big Shot – LFF Review

Very Big Shot is a glorious surprise. What begins as a gangster drama twists itself into an uproarious cine-literate comedy. Though the plot begs comparisons to Affleck’s Argo, Chaaya takes himself much...
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Right Now, Wrong Then – LFF Review

Sang-soo Hong's Right Now, Wrong Then is a poignant and intriguing little two-hander that sensitively examines the butterfly effect of the early interactions in a relationship. The phrasing or intonation of...
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Couple In A Hole – LFF Review

Dickie and Higgins are a study in contrasts, giving versatile performances which convey distinctions in two people’s response to a traumatic experience. Dickie’s is a particularly impressive turn, her...
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Junun – Review

First off: this is not a documentary about, or ode to, Jonny Greenwood – he’s barely in it. Instead, Anderson constructs a largely wordless impressionistic illustration through music, played live...
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The Walk – Review

Robert Zemeckis has forged a career from never being far from the latest in cinematic technology, and following forays into performance capture animation, he now makes his bow into live-action 3D filmmaking...