61st BFI London Film Festival Headline Galas, Strand Galas And Special Presentations

Thelma – LFF 2017 Review

It seems that in horror or particularly dark dramas surrounding teenage girls, the visual metaphor of hunting (normally, with one’s father) is a particularly popular trope. Just look at Stoker and Split,...
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Grain – LFF 2017 Review

Navigating the "Dare" strand of the London Film Festival can bring the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. Often there is absolutely no way of telling what lies ahead; it is as thrilling as it is...
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Good Manners – LFF 2017 Review

This review contains spoilers, if you don’t what to know what happens look away now! That said, if a film’s success rests on it’s one big reveal, can it be truly good? We’re not too sure. Included...
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A Ciambra – LFF 2017 Review

Nominated as Italy’s Oscar contender, Jonas Carpignano’s Scorsese-backed follow-up to his acclaimed Mediterrenea is a must-see. Set in the Calabrian coastal town of Gioia Tauro, A Ciambra turns its...
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Faces Places – LFF 2017 Review

Faces Places is a documentary made by Agnès Varda and JR to accompany their large scale ‘Inside Out’ photography project. Their big names certainly risk stealing the limelight, but their reverence for the...
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The Lovers – LFF 2017 Review

Fittingly for a film about changing partners, The Lovers is an intriguing and eclectic mix of old and new. With its simple direction and old-fashioned score, it’s rather reminiscent of classical romances...
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The Meyerowitz Stories – Review

If The Squid and the Whale and The Royal Tenenbaums had a baby, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) would be it. The ultimate dysfunctional family with a wily and irrepressible patriarch at the helm may...
The Endless

The Endless – LFF 2017 Review

The third feature by filmmaking partners Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead blends Lovecraftian horror and intrigue with off-kilter comedic beats, and really, only the latter ever works. Starting out with...
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Custody – LFF 2017 Review

“Who is the worst liar?” asks the judge in charge of deciding whether a father will be allowed to have custody of his son, in French director Xavier Legrand’s tense family thriller. Custody begins with a...
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Sweet Country – LFF 2017 Review

In the first seconds of Warwick Thornton’s outback Western Sweet Country a screaming brawl happens off screen, the camera lingering on a pot about to boil over. It’s a plain statement of intent from a film...
Last Flag Flying

Last Flag Flying – LFF 2017 Review

Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying is full to the brim with clichés. Three Vietnam veterans are suddenly reunited having parted ways after the war. One is an alcoholic, while another is a recovering...
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Going West – LFF 2017 Review

A gently amusing road movie with a warm worldview, decent sense of silliness, and lack of any challenges to its audience, Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken’s Going West is one of those European films that feels...