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Saturday Church – LFF 2017 Review

Don't come in here expecting Glee - which, although it briefly dealt with some of the issues which Saturday Church does, did so in a glossily veneered way. Saturday Church puts the difficulties faced by LGBTQ...
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Dark River – LFF 2017 Review

Premiering at Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes and winning British Film of the Year at the London Critics Circle Film Awards, The Selfish Giant was Clio Barnard’s second feature. It is safe to say that after...
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Darling – LFF 2017 Review

Danica Curcic eats up the screen as the titular Darling, a prima ballerina totally bereft when her dancing career is suddenly cut short by the devastating diagnosis of irreparable hip damage. Poised on the...
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On Chesil Beach – LFF 2017 Review

Adapted by the author of the 166-page novella it is based on, Dominic Cooke’s On Chesil Beach offers the promise of expanding upon Ian McEwan’s source material. Unfortunately, however, there is a...
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Redoubtable – LFF 2017 Review

Much celebrated and documented, Jean-Luc Godard inspires Hazanavicius’ latest offering Redoubtable. Instead of a straight biopic, he instead focuses on a specific time in Godard’s life where he falls in...
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Battle of the Sexes – LFF 2017 Review

Many have heard of the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, marketed as ‘The Battle of the Sexes’, but fewer may be aware of the seismic shifts in women’s tennis that prefaced the...
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Razzia – LFF 2017 Review

Razzia is a confusing and rather muddled state of affairs. Fair enough, it is presenting a set of challenging and confusing decisions with which its cast of characters must grapple. Thrusting the audience...
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Beach Rats – LFF 2017 Review

The kids who roam Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn are known as "beach rats". Self-medicating with a cocktail of painkillers and narcotics, they don’t lead easy lives. Eliza Hittman’s followup to her 2013 It Felt...
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Mudbound – LFF 2017 Review

Mudbound aims to tell an epic tale of racial tension in the 1940s Mississippi Delta, and it is an engaging – if emotionally battering – one. The film struggles, however, not to sink under its own weight....
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No Stone Unturned – LFF 2017 Review

Following in the footsteps of recent popular crime documentaries Making a Murderer and Serial, No Stone Unturned tells the horrific story of the mass murder in Loughinisland, Northern Ireland. 23 years on and...
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Wonderstruck – LFF 2017 Review

To call a movie set in two distinct time periods a "film of two halves" might seem overly trite, but unfortunately, it’s the best possible descriptor for Todd Haynes’ Wonderstruck. Taking place in both...
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Breathe – LFF 2017 Review

A sweeping and truly British love story, Breathe marks the directorial debut of Andy Serkis. He tackles the true story of Robin Cavendish (Andrew Garfield), a young man in the late 1950s who suddenly finds his...
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Casting – LFF 2017 Review

Without a doubt Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant is a masterpiece. In this new and unexpected German comedy (yes, another one!), a group of filmmakers inexplicably decide they...