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After the Night (2013)

Following Sombra (Pedro Ferreira) through the streets of his Lisbon slum is a disorienting experience. He moves with the awkward swagger of an oddball teenager trying to fit in as he wanders through alleyways bathed in brief flashes of…

The Lunchbox (2013)

They say that food is the language of love and so it proves for Ritesh Batra in his debut feature. It is food that provides the bridge to bring together two lonely souls stuck in a life of isolation. We are social animals after all; the…

Pioneer (2013)

Despite the vast riches natural resources promise, they have a tendency to lead to corruption and instability. Norway is one of the few countries that has successfully marshalled this cursed prize, using careful exploitation and prudent…

Visitors (2013)

The shared response is one of the great myths of film. At the obvious end of the scale, unnecessary exposition, prominent visual symbols and crashing musical cues are all employed to lead the viewer down a very specific path. The staples of…

For Those In Peril (2013)

The inhabitants of a remote Scottish fishing village know to fear the sea. It can snatch people away in the blink of an eye, swallowing up ships into its deep blue belly. Such is the fear of the one thing that sustains them all that when…

The Past (2013)

The past can be a grotesque animal, liable to let discord grow and fester. Here it rears its unresolved head when the arrival of a figure from a previous life brings to the boil simmering secrets. In Asghar Farhadi’s brilliant follow-up to…

Locke (2013)

A man drives down the M6 desperately trying to reach a London hospital while attempting to patch up his disintegrating home and professional life through a series of phone calls. Director and writer Steven Knight deserves praise for his…

Interview with Sean Ellis

It has been quite a few months for Sean Ellis, director of Metro Manila. The huge financial gamble he took by re-mortgaging his house to help fund his Philippines set thriller/social drama appears to have paid off culminating in recent wins…

The Armstrong Lie (2013)

How did Lance Armstrong, a competitor in a sport hardly awash with superstars, ever reach icon status? He did it because he was a cancer survivor, a miracle story of hope, he did it because he was the best cycling had ever seen, and now we…