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Our Brand Is Crisis (2015)

It's fair to say that the past two weeks have been quite turbulent, to put it mildly, in the world of politics. The referendum result that should lead to the UK exiting the EU sent shockwaves around the country, and the entire world. David…

Tony Benn: Will And Testament (2014)

Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn, better known simply as Tony Benn, was a bit of an anomaly. We may never see anyone else like him, certainly not in the near future. He was, for those unaware, a British politician, but he was one that it was okay…

Norte, the End of History (2013)

A meandering Filipino 'Crime and Punishment'  Filipino director Lav Diaz is of the "slow cinema" school of art filmmaking, whose icon is said to be Theo Angeloopulos and progenitors Andrei Tarkovsky, Béla Tarr, and Michelangelo…

Pluto (2012)

Adopting the upper echelons of Korean academia as her springboard, writer/director Su-won Shin applies the nature/nurture debate to human evil for a chilling, Nietzschean social satire. Meek student June (Da-wit Lee) transfers from a…

Norte, The End Of History (2013)

The fifteenth feature from festival darling Lav Diaz, Norte, The End Of History is a film pregnant with anxiety for the future, its fraught dramatic diptych framing the lives of two men whose worlds intersect at an irrevocable crossroads.…

Casino Jack (2010)

Jack Abramoff (Kevin Spacey) is a gambling man. Not in the traditional sense, but in a very real sense: as a Washington “super-lobbyist” he is keeping a great many irons in the fire at the same time, some of them involving a lot of money,…

Low Life (2011)

One of the themes most often addressed in current European cinema is that of illegal aliens trying to enter Europe and escape their previous life of poverty or persecution. Although these movies (of which a few recent examples are The…

Aung San Suu Kyi (2010)

Aung San Suu Kyi is a remarkable woman, a woman who has endured many years under house arrest while she protested against the unfairness of the political system in her homeland of Burma. As if house arrest and being left pretty much…