At War

At War – Cannes 2018 Review

The spirit of ’68 is alive and kicking in At War, the latest politically charged drama from the formidable pairing of director Stéphane Brizé and actor Vincent Lindon. We’re thrown straight into the...
Shoplifters

Shoplifters – Cannes 2018 Review

Hirokazu Kore-eda is on familiar ground with Shoplifters, the story of an unconventional family unit on the fringes of society who beg, steal and borrow to get by. It’s the most fun Kore-eda has been in...
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Fahrenheit 451 – Cannes 2018 Review

Ray Bradbury’s iconoclastic 1953 novel has not been this relevant for a long time. Fahrenheit 451 was written as a defence of books and intellectualism against the growth of TV and other mindless...
3 Faces

Three Faces – Cannes 2018 Review

If you want to know what a film is, ask Jafar Panahi. Under the thumb of a repressive Iranian regime that censors its cinema, he has found ingenious ways to redefine the form itself. His solutions are often a...
Mandy

Mandy – Cannes 2018 Review

When Nic Cage’s performance is the most normal thing about a film, you know you’re dealing with something truly extraordinary. The first thing you notice about Mandy is its look. It’s like...

Girl – Cannes 2018 Review

“Enjoy puberty while it lasts.” This well-meaning advice from the titular girl’s father (Arieh Worthalter) is a cruel joke to most teenagers, let alone trans teens. Lara is a 16-year-old trans girl,...
Bpm

BPM (Beats Per Minute) – Review

This film was previously reviewed on 21/05/17 as part of Cannes Film Festival. Acclaimed writer/director Robin Campillo returns with BPM (Beats Per Minute), an incendiary and challenging film about the Act...
Happy End

Happy End – Review

This was previously reviewed on 22/05/17 as part of Cannes Film Festival. Austere, 75-year-old auteur Michael Haneke might not seem the most obvious choice to comment on the current landscape of live...
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The Killing Of A Sacred Deer – Review

This was originally reviewed on 22/05/17 as part of Cannes Film Festival.  If you ever get invited to a Cannes beach party, never play "Would You Rather… ?" with Yorgos Lanthimos. The Greek...
Villainess

The Villainess – Review

The Villainess begins with one of the most insane action sequences in recent memory. In a similar vein to the recent gimmicky Hardcore Henry, Sook-hee (Kim) slices through hordes of faceless goons in the first...