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Zoology – Review

Zoology is torn between grotesque body horror and the aesthetics of naturalism and handheld camerawork. The latter helps produce an atmosphere which emphasises the extremely lonely life led by Natasha (Natalya...
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Kills on Wheels – Review

In the wrong hands, Kills on Wheels could wind up feeling like a Tarantino knock-off; it follows a near-invulnerable paraplegic hitman, aided by two surly teenagers, out for revenge against a slew of...
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Una – Review

The best aspect of Una is its scrambled chronology. Flashbacks break up what could otherwise be a rather repetitive two-hander, albeit one made up of fine performances from both Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn....
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The Secret Scripture – Review

Director Jim Sheridan attracts an enviable cast in this intense period drama, set in 1940s Ireland, and he doesn’t waste a drop of their talent. The marquee name is Dame Vanessa Redgrave, offering proof, if...
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The Handmaiden – Review

Park Chan-wook’s newest film, The Handmaiden, adapted from Sarah Waters’ crime novel Fingersmith, follows the story quite closely, though setting the film in 1930s Korea and Japan instead of Victorian...
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A Dark Song – Review

A Dark Song makes its first impression as a slow-building drama, opening atmospherically with a mournful score and moody timelapse photography of stormy skies. Leads Catherine Walker and Steve Oram walk a fine...
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Certain Women – Review

If Alice Munro made films, you’d pray they’d look like this. Kelly Reichardt’s adaptation of short stories by Montana native Maile Meloy has a staggeringly subtle touch, and is an experience more...
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Moonlight – Review

Moonlight is a strange mixture of the old and the new, offering plenty that we’ve seen before while pushing boundaries that too often remain rigid in mainstream films. Director Barry Jenkins begins in the...
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Tower – Review

Tower stands as a proud example of how documenting humanity's worst moments will always show humanity at its best. This moving film sidesteps typical breakdowns of killer Charles Whitman's identity and...
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Toni Erdmann – Review

When a synopsis promises: “A man who loves playing practical jokes visits his workaholic daughter in disguise as an eccentric life coach”, you could be forgiven for thinking you’re watching an episode of...
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Christine – Review

It’s a surprise with this subject matter, but Antonio Campos’ Christine is deliciously witty. The Florida TV station where Christine works is expertly decked out in period ephemera showed off with dynamic...
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Lion – Review

Lion, at first glance, has a cracking set of credentials. A blockbuster cast of newcomers and screen veterans? An unbelievable true story that spans decades and continents? A nifty use of the internet and...
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A Monster Calls – LFF 2016 Review

Punchy, profound and deeply enchanting, A Monster Calls is a home run for all involved - particularly a stacked cast who all give moving performances tied to a tricky subject, and a director who balances...