Life Itself

Life Itself – LFF 2018 review

You know the dude in Starbucks, the one with the thick-rimmed glasses, chequered shirt and a macchiato who’s forever working on his screenplay? Well, Life Itself is that very screenplay, and somehow it’s...
Maya

Maya – LFF 2018 review

Returned to the world after four months under ISIS captivity, war reporter Gabriel (Roman Kolinka) comes back to Paris a man transformed and ill at ease with the haunting familiarities and the discomfiting...
Beautiful Boy

Beautiful Boy – LFF 2018 review

Journalist David Sheff and his son Nic exist on opposite ends of a spectrum; at once, they balance out a complete picture while repelling and aggravating each other in equal measure. Belgian director Felix...

The Secret of Marrowbone – Review

In the wake of the sensational Hereditary, another psychological horror about a tormented, seemingly cursed family was always going to struggle in comparison. And while it ultimately goes in a wholly different...
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Six Rounds – Review

Mark Duggan, an unarmed black man aged 29, was shot dead by police in Tottenham, north London on 4th August 2011, inciting six days of riots that swept England. The chaos, and the systemic injustices leading...
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Eighth Grade – Review

This review was originally published as part of our Sundance Film Festival coverage on 03/06/2018. Most people will understand the feeling of suddenly recalling a specific, painfully embarrassing moment...

Kodachrome – Review

Netflix’s latest original movie comes with a disclaimer warning that it contains product placement. With the title being the brand name of a type of Kodak film, and a proud declaration that it was shot on...
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Madeline’s Madeline – Review

This review was originally published as part of our Berlin International Film Festival coverage on 24/02/2018. Beguiling and bewildering from the very opening, in which lead character Madeline is shown to...