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The Lighthouse – LFF 2019 Review

At its best, cinema can approach being indescribable. ‘FW Murnau directs an episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ doesn’t make any kind of coherent sense on paper, nor is it something you can...
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Aquaman – Review

Skulking onto the scene as the first DC movie after the ignominious critical reception and woeful box office performance of Justice League, James Wan’s Aquaman has both everything and nothing to prove –...
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Vox Lux – Review

This review was originally published as part of our Venice Film Festival coverage on 05/09/2018. Brady Corbet’s fascination with power and influence - so evident in his blistering debut about...
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At Eternity’s Gate – Review

This review was published as part of our Venice film festival coverage on 03/09/2018.  With At Eternity’s Gate coming out less than a year after Loving Vincent, the life of Vincent van Gogh seems like...
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Mountain – Review

Watching Jennifer Peedom’s (Sherpa, 2015) Mountain is an incredibly visceral experience. As the camera faces down vertically on a precariously dangling climber (without ropes) and a sheer mountain face, the...
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The Florida Project – Review

This was previously reviewed on 14/10/17 as part of London Film Festival. Like Tangerine before it, Sean Baker’s latest film The Florida Project focuses on a forgotten community, overlooked by the rest of...
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The Great Wall – Review

Zhang Yimou’s first Hollywood feature feels like it was doomed to mediocrity from the start. Despite the credentials (this is the director of Hero, after all), the film appeared to offer up Hollywood’s...
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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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John Wick – Review

It's fitting that the seemingly ageless Keanu Reeves should play John Wick. Like its leading man, the film feels unstuck in time; a forgotten '80s classic that would have starred the likes of Stallone or...

Pasolini – LFF Review

A love letter from one provocauteur to another, written in dried blood and tired philosophy. Dafoe is assured as the controversial director, both in his tentative physicality and his soaring creative...

A Most Wanted Man – Review

Go into A Most Wanted Man expecting the familiar tone and pace of fellow John le Carré adaptation Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and you won’t be disappointed. Corbijn’s direction is a little more gruff and...