Drama, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Four Good Days (2021)

Based on Journalist Eli Saslow’s 2016 Washington Post article “How’s Amanda? A Story of Truth, Lies and an American Addiction” and directed by Rodrigo Garcia, Four Good Days sees Glenn Close as a mother attempting to shepherd her daughter through crucial days of recovery from…

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REVIEW: The Artist’s Wife (2021)

The Artist’s Wife will inevitably draw comparisons with the Glenn Close vehicle, The Wife (2017). It came out just two years after that award nominated hit and both films share thematic similarities and titles that could easily be confused. In this case, however, the comparisons are…

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REVIEW: Like a House on Fire (2021)

Becoming a mother under normal circumstances is difficult, let alone when navigating a horrendous mental illness by yourself. Postnatal depression is unfortunately common in new mothers, and the strains it can have on the family make the whole ordeal that much trickier. This rough period…

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REVIEW: The Fever (2021)

In 2020, Amazon deforestation in Brazil increased by almost 10%, the highest number in twelve years, with over 11,000 square metres gone. Since taking office at the beginning of 2019, president Jair Bolsonaro has consistently made a mockery of environmental enforcement laws, prioritising the interests…

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REVIEW: Executive Order (SXSW 2021)

Executive Order opens with a card stating that the story takes place “somewhere in the future,” allocating the viewer in an undetermined space that equally dialogues with present and future while simultaneously pulling from the past. Some of the best products of recent Brazilian cinema…

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REVIEW: Boogie (2021)

It is not easy to like Boogie (Taylor Takahashi) in Boogie. His game with the ladies can be so invasive and crude that he comes off as a grade-A tosser. His play on the basketball court can be so solo he defines “teammate” as “me,…

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REVIEW: Sophie Jones (2021)

Grief, girlhood and growing up form an intriguing mix in this intimate indie drama that serves as the directorial debut from Jessie Barr. Sophie Jones follows a sixteen-year-old mourning the loss of her mother while being in the throes of teenage sexual awakening and explores…

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REVIEW: Cherry (2021)

There is no denying Tom Holland has developed some genuine star power very quickly into his career. Being Spider-Man is sure to catapult anyone straight onto the A-List, but Tom Holland has taken his fame and run with it by being preposterously charming during press…

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REVIEW: Justine (2021)

Justine is unusual for a film that is about an alcoholic. It does not seek to explain why the protagonist feels the need to drink until she collapses in the street and is dragged into the emergency room. It’s more about the ebb and flow…

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REVIEW: Test Pattern (2021)

Content Warning: Depictions of sexual assault and trauma.  In its first moments, Shatara Michelle Ford’s debut feature Test Pattern gives a glimpse of the drama to come for Renesha (Brittany S. Hall), a young Black woman living in Austin, Texas. She sits on a bed,…

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REVIEW: The Killing of Two Lovers (2021)

The breakdown of any relationship is never easy, and it becomes even more complicated when there’s children involved. In The Killing of Two Lovers, David (Clayne Crawford) is desperately trying to keep his family together despite all the messy emotions. During a separation from his…

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REVIEW: Little Fish (2021)

British actor Olivia Cooke is having quite the recent few months, with the release of Irish independent film Pixie and the midst-of-awards-season Sound of Metal. Little Fish is a rare example of her getting to use her own Mancunian accent, even if it is set in…