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Sundance London 2016 – Tallulah (2016)
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Sundance London 2016 – Tallulah (2016)

The last time Ellen Page and Allison Janney starred in a feature together involving a baby, it won an Oscar.  Nine years later, the duo reunite to star in filmmaker Sian Heder’s feature Tallulah, a spin-off of her 2006 short film Mother. In the film, the eponymous Tallulah (Page) is an aimless […]

Sundance London 2016 – Weiner (2016)
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Sundance London 2016 – Weiner (2016)

In 2011, New York congressman Anthony Weiner was involved in a scandal on Twitter involving a sexually explicit photos of himself.  Although he initially denied all involvement, the truth was revealed and he had to resign from Congress. Directed by Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinburg, the documentary Weiner follows the politician […]

Sundance London 2016 – Indignation (2016)
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Sundance London 2016 – Indignation (2016)

James Schamus is known for lots of things.  Award-winning screenwriter, CEO of Focus Features and professor at Columbia University.  Now, he can also add director to his impressive resumé. Adapted by the Philip Roth novel, Indignation follows Marcus Messier (Logan Lerman), a Jewish college student in 1950s Winesberg, Ohio.  He […]

Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)
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Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

It seems inevitable that if a large studio makes a film that’s even remotely of interest, they will have a sequel in the works before the premiere’s red carpet has been rolled up and stored away. If the author of the film’s original source material wrote one themselves, then half […]

CANNES 2016 – The Neon Demon (2016)
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CANNES 2016 – The Neon Demon (2016)

Nicolas Winding Refn isn’t an auteur; he’s a provoc-auteur – an architect of hyper-stylised worlds that exist in lustrous neon-lit shadow, and thrive on the pain and trauma that are prominent in the murkiest recesses of the human condition. Refn’s latest descent into darkness, The Neon Demon, is every bit […]

CANNES 2016 – Two Lovers And A Bear (2016)
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CANNES 2016 – Two Lovers And A Bear (2016)

You will not be shocked to read that at the heart of Kim Nguyen’s interesting if inconsistent new film is a story involving two lovers, and a bear. But you might be surprised to discover what form that story takes. Despite its small-town location, and the swelling menace that saturates […]

CANNES 2016 – Personal Shopper (2016)
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CANNES 2016 – Personal Shopper (2016)

Olivier Assayas’ Personal Shopper may have been the first picture to receive a round of “boos” when it played to critics in Cannes this year, but it’s a movie that deserves to be applauded. It’s a film that sometimes scary, sometimes sexy, sometimes specious, and always surprising. To try and […]

CANNES 2016 – Paterson (2016)
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CANNES 2016 – Paterson (2016)

Director Jim Jarmusch has long been fascinated by the ethereal power of poetry; it provided a spiritual guide for William Blake on his journey through the wilderness in Dead Man, and acted as a code of honour for hired hitman Ghost Dog in The Way Of The Samurai. In Paterson, […]

CANNES 2016 – The Nice Guys (2016)
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CANNES 2016 – The Nice Guys (2016)

Sure, nice guys finish last, but that doesn’t mean they’re not winners. Take Holland March and Jackson Healy (Ryan Gosling & Russell Crowe) for example, the Starsky and Hutch of Shane Black’s sublimely screwy and unashamedly sleazy slice of 70’s noir. In less than a week of knowing each other, […]