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Ammonite – LFF 2020 Review

Following his sublime directorial debut, God’s Own Country, Francis Lee once again delves into feelings of repression, loneliness and desire in Ammonite. Inspired by the life of trailblazing British...
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Lovers Rock – LFF 2020 Review

Lovers Rock is a humble prospect on paper- just over an hour long and set at an ordinary blues dance in Notting Hill in the early ‘80s. But with those simple ingredients, writer/director Steve McQueen and...
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The Kissing Booth 2 – Review

Following on from a film populated by weird, inconsistent montages and a manipulative, creepy male lead, audiences were probably not expecting a masterpiece from this second instalment of The Kissing Booth....
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All the Bright Places – Review

There is an odd, comforting sort of familiarity to coming-of-age films, with their busy high-school corridors filled with jocks and geeks, and those impossibly elaborate house parties. Though we do get a...
Suk Suk

Suk Suk – Berlinale 2020 Review

Pak (Tai Bo) is a taxi driver entering his twilight years yet still providing for his family. A long-closeted gay man, he spends his lunch breaks cruising in parks and public bathrooms. When he meets retiree...
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Gloria Bell – Review

2017's A Fantastic Woman, Chilean director Sebastián Lelio's fifth film, was celebrated as a critical darling for a multitude of well-earned reasons – not least being Lelio's rich characterisation of Marina...
If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk – Review

This review was originally published as part of our London Film Festival coverage on 21/10/2018. New York in Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk is pulsating, alive and wholly authentic – populated...
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Life Itself – Review

This review was originally published as part of our London Film Festival coverage on 15/10/2018. You know the dude in Starbucks, the one with the thick-rimmed glasses, chequered shirt and a macchiato...
Life Itself

Life Itself – LFF 2018 review

You know the dude in Starbucks, the one with the thick-rimmed glasses, chequered shirt and a macchiato who’s forever working on his screenplay? Well, Life Itself is that very screenplay, and somehow it’s...
The Mountain Between Us

The Mountain Between Us – Review

The ‘plane crash survival drama’ sub-genre has been visited many times on screen over the years, from The Flight of the Phoenix and Alive to Cast Away and TV’s Lost. Now, twice Oscar-nominated director...