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The Hippopotamus (2017)
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The Hippopotamus (2017)

Upper-class pomposity and dry, blistering, scathing verbal attacks abound in the adaptation of Stephen Fry’s 1994 The Hippopotamus – not a tale of the large herbivorous mammal but a witty detective exposition that has Fry’s voice screaming from every orifice, making it hard to separate Fry and it’s lead, Roger […]

Cannes 2017: April’s Daughter (2017)
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Cannes 2017: April’s Daughter (2017)

Mothers always know best; to many it may be a fundamental principle, but try explaining that to 17-year-old Valeria (Ana Valeria Becerril), the heroine at the heart of Mexican director Michel Franco’s inflammatory fifth feature. Living in Puerto Vallarta with her half-sister Clara (Joanna Larequi), Valeria is in the late […]

Cannes 2017: The Killing Of A Sacred Deer (2017)
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Cannes 2017: The Killing Of A Sacred Deer (2017)

There’s something so cruel about the opening shot of Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Killing Of A Scared Deer. It’s of a beating heart, belonging to a faceless patient who’s undergoing extensive open surgery. As the camera holds on the image whilst gradually panning back, the strident score slowly builds, until it […]

NEWSFLASH! Mummy knows best …….
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NEWSFLASH! Mummy knows best …….

Next month sees the legend of the Mummy brought to the big screen as never before.  Forget Christopher Lee’s interpretation for Hammer, as this time round it is the reincarnation of the deadly Egyptian Princess Ahmanet, played by Sofia Boutella, pitted against Tom Cruise’s action hero Nick Morton. Universal – […]

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 […]