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REVIEW: Ema (2020)

“Another stunningly shot, morally fascinating piece of work from Pablo Larraín” Rating: ★★★★½ Directed by: Pablo Larraín Written by: Guillermo Calderón, Alejandro Moreno Cast: Mariana Di Girolamo, Gael García Bernal, Santiago Cabrera A couple deals with the aftermath of an adoption that goes awry as…

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REVIEW: Babyteeth (London Film Festival 2019)

The heart-wrenching juxtaposition of the early embers of young love, as you look to navigate feelings that have been up to now, been quite alien to you. With the potential finality that could strike with a debilitating illness, clinging to those shreds of positivity as…

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REVIEW: Monsoon (London Film Festival 2019)

In his magnetic feature-length debut ‘Lilting’, director Hong Khaou keenly observed a mother and her deceased son’s boyfriend as they poignantly tried to overcome the language barrier, to find a commonality in their respective grief. Now he looks to deploy a similar delicacy and quiet…

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REVIEW: Vivarium (London Film Festival 2019)

From the moment that Vivarium’s opening bright red credits flash onto the screen à la Michael Haneke’s Funny Games, you know you’re in for a wild, unpredictable ride. When young couple Tom (Jesse Eisenberg) and Gemma (Imogen Poots) arrive at an estate agency looking to…

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REVIEW: Pink Wall (London Film Festival 2019)

“As a whole, for a directorial debut, it’s quite brilliant how assured this film is by Tom Cullen” Rating: ★★★★½ Directed by: Tom Cullen Written by: Tom Cullen Cast: Tatiana Maslany, Jay Duplass, Sarah Ovens Release Date: 15th November 2019 Six scenes. Six years. Six…

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REVIEW: The Report (London Film Festival 2019)

In December 2014, 525 pages of a 6,725-page report on the CIA’s post-9/11 use of torture on terror suspects were released. The rest of the original, unredacted report remains classified, but Scott Z. Burns’ political docudrama The Report sheds light on the investigation, spearheaded by…

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REVIEW: Uncut Gems (London Film Festival 2019)

The Safdie Brothers (Josh and Benny) made their mark in 2017 with the excellent Good Time. With a fantastic performance from Robert Pattinson, this taut thriller expertly demonstrated the brothers ability to create tension, and if your nerves weren’t shredded enough then, just you wait…

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REVIEW: The House of Us (London Film Festival 2019)

Taking elements of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s explorations of family units, and the vivid, childlike lens of Sean Baker’s The Florida Project, Ga-eun Yoon’s film about three girls who make a family of their own is a heart-warming and gorgeous depiction of childhood that is impossible not…

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REVIEW: Jojo Rabbit (London Film Festival 2019)

Right from the start, Jojo Rabbit had critics and the audience divided. Premiering at the Toronto film festival it was received with both praise and criticism mainly because of its portrayal of Nazis. Packed with a star-filled cast who all received praise helped it win the People’s Choice…