Love Simon

Love, Simon – Review

Mean Girls. Clueless. 10 Things I Hate About You. The teen comedy pantheon already sets a very high bar, and not every film reaches it. Good news, then, because Love, Simon is a big-hearted, well-rounded...
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Inferninho – BFI Flare 2018 Review

There aren’t enough films like Inferninho. It’s a small tale with an immense capacity for empathy. Set almost entirely in the titular bar that caters to a group of outsiders, which counts among its staff...
Moonlight

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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Akron – BFI Flare 2016 Review

Brian O’Donnell’s Akron tells a tale of intergenerational guilt in the face of newfound love. Though both well-written and well-performed, sporadic levels of quality in all aspects runs rampant, bringing...
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Loev – BFI Flare 2016 Review

In the aftermath of the Indian supreme court’s disheartening decision to recriminalise homosexuality, Sudhanshu Saria’s tender but revealing romance pulsates with the sad legacy of a national move to...
Real Boy

Real Boy – BFI Flare 2016 Review

Real Boy documents a pivotal time in the life of 19 year-old Bennett Wallace, as he transitions between genders but also makes the infinitely subtle shifts that mark the entrance into adulthood. His mother...
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Closet Monster – LFF Review

Despite Closet Monster dealing with a ‘standard-fare’ topic – teenage angst and sexuality – it manages to prevent itself from seeming derivative.  Unafraid to reveal the still-lurking nastier...