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Strangled – Review

Wholly unrelenting and uncensored, Hungarian writer-director Arpad Sopsits’ Strangled (A Martfüi Rém, in its native translation) is a true crime neo-noir that rarely lets up. Strangled effectively...
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Dog Eat Dog – LFF 2016 Review

Paul Schrader’s new film Dog Eat Dog begins as it means to go on for the proceeding 90 minutes: a coked-up Willem Dafoe terrorises a woman and her daughter in a scene that has pretty much zero relevance to...
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The Witch – Review

A welcome period setting - almost legitimizing the horror aspects for anyone not keen on the genre - allows The Witch to add gravitas to its story through the use of genuine 1600s New England records of...
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The Wicked – Review

There’s a rumoured witch in the office, the introvert who ruthlessly bullies her co-workers. Park Ju-hui takes centre stage in Yoo Young-sun’s The Wicked, dramatic performances oozing tension and...
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Sicario – Review

Early in Sicario, a shady government operative compares finding a cartel boss to “discovering a vaccine.” It’s a throwaway line, but it resonates in Roger Deakins’ breathtaking (and surely Oscar...
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Containment – Review

At the surface, one might expect Containment to be a paint-by-numbers thriller, sticking seven people on one set, winding them up and letting them go; but there's enough finesse in this little indie film to...
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Good People – Review

Way back when, Good People would likely be hitting a supermarket’s DVD bin with a big fat “4.99!” sticker slapped on the case. Now it’ll shuffle onto Netflix under “Crime Films”, 1.5 red stars...