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Araby – LFF 2017 Review

"There’s no prettier sight than looking back on a town you left behind." Beautifully melancholic, the song that plays over the title sequence to João Dumans and Affonso Uchôa’s latest is consumed by...
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Ingrid Goes West – LFF 2017 Review

Taking some of those slightly stalkerish tendencies that we all give into every now and then (yeah, I know every outfit you wore on your holiday to Mallorca last month, Becky) to the extreme, Ingrid (Aubrey...
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Makala – LFF 2017 Review

In Swahili, 'makala' means 'charcoal'. Emmanuel Gras’ observational documentary follows Kabwita Kasongo as he journeys fifty kilometres across seemingly endless Congolese dirt tracks to hawk his wears in the...
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The Cakemaker – LFF 2017 Review

The Cakemaker, the latest offering from Israeli director Grazier, tackles the difficult subject of bereavement through the story of a man and woman both grieving the death of the same lover. Oren is married to...
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Loveless – LFF 2017 Review

Apocalypses loom large in the world of Loveless, from the impending implosion of a family that gives the film its story to its setting in October 2012, with the Mayan calendar predicting the world’s end in...
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Gemini – LFF 2017 Review

Marketed as millennial mumble-noir, Aaron Katz’ new feature is an all-encompassing funny and sexy mystery thriller that sadly fails to deliver much from any of these categories. The film’s recognisable...
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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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The Giant – LFF 2016 Review

The Giant is an imaginative "human interest" story, something expected to feature in a local newscast's warm and fuzzy "and finally..." section. It is also a well-trodden - and sweetly simple - underdog...
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We Are X – LFF 2016 Review

Documentary director Stephen Kijak is clearly fascinated by band and "visual kei" pioneers X Japan and, although informative, the opening segment of We Are X teeters on the edge of pandering to founder Yoshiki...
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London Town – LFF 2016 Review

London Town is a charming - if slightly implausible - tale of the capital and its undercurrents in 1979. It's also about diligent teenager Shay (Huttlestone) letting loose at just the time when more...
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Trolls – LFF 2016 Review

Trolls. Is. So. Colourful. In theory, this sounded like its only virtue, seeming like a misjudged cash-grabbing exercise with a passé '90s toy. Happily, however, Trolls subverts expectations with an...
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Queen of Katwe – LFF 2016 Review

Queen of Katwe is an emotional and inspirational film, sprinkled with Disney magic, although the true story does most of the heartrending speaking for itself. Phiona (newcomer Nalwanga) sells maize in...
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Dancer – LFF 2016 Review

Dancer is Sergei Polunin, the tattooed 'bad boy of ballet'. Aged just 23 and at the height of his powers, he sensationally quit his role as Principal with the Royal Ballet - the pinnacle of a usual career....