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Cannes 2017: The Square (2017)
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Cannes 2017: The Square (2017)

The Square represents stability and order; a space in which “everyone has equal rights and responsibilities.” Inevitably though, the area that surrounds The Square is a swirling pool of chaos that cannot be controlled. It is within this vast, global expanse outside of The Square that Ruben Östlund lays his […]

Remembering Sir Roger Moore – Goodbye Mr Bond
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Remembering Sir Roger Moore – Goodbye Mr Bond

‘Sadly, I had to retire from the Bond films. The girls were getting younger, or I was just getting too old.’     ‘I’ve not planned my funeral. I’m not the Queen. A procession through the streets of Stockwell would be nice, I suppose. But when I go, I’d just […]

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge (2017)
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Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge (2017)

Before its acquisition of Marvel and Lucasfilm, Disney’s most successful live-action film franchise was Pirates of the Caribbean.  When Curse of the Black Pearl was released in 2003, it was a surprise hit that not only kicked off a popular trilogy but gave Johnny Depp the most iconic role of […]

‘Sound bite’ of the week ……..
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‘Sound bite’ of the week ……..

‘Of all the younger guys around, all the hot shots, why me? I remember he said, “Well, because you know everything a Hollywood director is supposed to know, but you’re not Hollywood”. I liked that.’ Director Irvin Kershner on why George Lucas chose him to direct Star Wars: Episode V – […]

Cannes 2017: Ava (2017)
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Cannes 2017: Ava (2017)

Like it was for Julia Ducournau in 2016, the Cannes Critic’s Week sidebar has this year proven to be the perfect platform for another French female director making her debut. Away from the prestige and weighty expectation of the Official Competition, this looser environment allows Léa Mysius’ first feature the […]

Cannes 2017: Wonderstruck (2017)
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Cannes 2017: Wonderstruck (2017)

Forget being wonderstruck, the new film from Todd Haynes is more likely to grip you with a gnawing sense of indifference. Undoubtedly, it’s a film with its heart in the right place – a dovetailing story of two deaf children living 50 years apart, who both travel to the Big […]

Cannes 2017: Okja (2017)
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Cannes 2017: Okja (2017)

While the majority of critics cruising the Croisette continue to debate the pros and cons of the Netflix distribution model, here I am mourning the fact that a lack of theatrical release will likely mean I won’t be able to treat myself to a plush “Super Pig” toy come Christmas […]

Interlude in Prague (2017)
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Interlude in Prague (2017)

Dipping into the world of classical music, Mozart’s life has already been dabbled with in Miloš Forman’s glorious Amadeus. Whilst Interlude in Prague doesn’t quite reach the crescendo of Forman’s ivory tinkling, this very British affair intertwines love and tragedy with heartfelt longing, with a Mozart overflowing with charm and […]

Scene Stealer: Shadow of the Sun – Collateral
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Scene Stealer: Shadow of the Sun – Collateral

Professional hitman Vincent (Tom Cruise) hires/takes hostage stuck-in-a-rut cab driver Max (Jamie Foxx) to drive him around for a night of contract killing. After a failed escape attempt, Max is forced to grovel to a crime boss after he deliberately lost Vincent’s hit contract. Although successful, once back in the cab Max is resigned and helpless. […]

Cannes 2017: Sea Sorrow (2017)
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Cannes 2017: Sea Sorrow (2017)

Vanessa Redgrave’s decision to make her directorial debut at 80 years of age wasn’t born out of creative curiosity, but a moral duty. Over 50+ years, she has built a formidable reputation as a human rights activist, reaching out to politicians in a bid to raise a greater awareness of […]