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A Man Called Ove – Review

On first introduction, Ove (Rolf Lassgård) is a grumbling, busybody stickler whose pedantic neighbourhood rule enforcement and chastisement is likely to be interpreted as over-the-top. The dry comedy of the...
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The White King – Review

Though The White King’s striking animated opening credits and boy hero Djata (Allchurch) suggest it’s an adventure aimed at children, the film as a whole is utterly confused about who its audience is....
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The Lure – EIFF 2016 Review

The Lure mashes up folklore, vampiric mermaids, ‘80s hair and body horror to create a bewitching and surprisingly touching musical tragedy. The title couldn’t be more fitting; despite the characters’...
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Sticky Notes – EIFF 2016 Review

Sticky Notes shares its premise with Chris Kelly’s Other People, but mood and characters make it a totally different experience. Like David in Kelly’s film, Athena (Leslie) pauses her attempt to make it in...
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Slash – EIFF 2016 Review

Although Slash is undeniably influenced by countless sensitive-boy coming-of-age films like The Perks of Being a Wallflower or The Way Way Back, it is insidiously charming. Both Michael Johnston and Hannah...
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River – EIFF 2016 Review

At its best River is an exciting, pulse-pumping and fast-paced chase movie, but nothing more than adrenaline fuels its narrative. John, the fugitive doctor, is sketchily archetypal, but if writer-director...
Jodie Whittaker As Anna In The Film Adult Life Skills.

Adult Life Skills – EIFF 2016 Review

A film is a complex machine of moving parts, and the best built don’t creak but turn smoothly, keeping mechanical secrets veiled and showing only the fictional world they seek to create. Adult Life Skills is...
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My Name is Emily – EIFF 2016 Review

With its repetitive visuals of water and insistent voiceover, My Name is Emily at first threatens to be claustrophobic and indulgently contemplative. Yet it develops into a well-constructed road movie, and,...
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Ithaca – EIFF 2016 Review

Though Tom Hanks’ performance in Ithaca is surely the briefest he’s ever given, it’s one reason why Meg Ryan’s directing debut feels like it could have been a Spielberg movie. Casting repeat co-stars...