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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...
Finding Fatimah

Finding Fatimah – Review

Oz Arshad’s directorial debut Finding Fatimah brings us the story of Shahid, a Muslim divorcee looking for love on dating app Single Muslim. He stumbles across the beautiful Fatimah, but with divorce...
Mirzya

Mirzya – LFF 2016 Review

An epic love story bearing Shakespearean influences in an Indian setting, Mirzya is a glossy take on a tale as old as time. Building a mythic framework around a standard love triangle, director Rakeysh...