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VENICE 2015 – A War (2015)
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VENICE 2015 – A War (2015)

Guilt is a hard cross to bear, especially when it’s unavoidable. Worse still for Pilou Asbæk’s military commander, it’s deserved. A War, the third feature from Danish director/writer Tobias Lindholm, keeps with the intricate examination of tough situations he’s specialised in, delivering a timely and thought-provoking film. At its Venice […]

VENICE 2015 – Spotlight (2015)
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VENICE 2015 – Spotlight (2015)

If not quite a dying profession, journalism is certainly one under threat. Declining print circulation and the move to a format that seems mighty hard to commercialise have seen cutbacks and closings across the board. The first to go are often those teams focussing on the big investigative pieces that […]

VENICE 2015 – The Danish Girl (2015)
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VENICE 2015 – The Danish Girl (2015)

As society changes, so do the norms that guide our behaviour. For example, we now allow gay marriage where once practicing homosexuals faced prison. There’s still a long way to go, and even with all the positive forward steps, the transgender agenda has remained side-lined. It’s refreshing then to find […]

VENICE 2015 – Equals (2015)
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VENICE 2015 – Equals (2015)

Why must the future always be such a drag? If not nuclear apocalypse, it seems we fear civilisation becoming a right wing nut jobs paranoid nightmare, full of supressed emotion, mindless collectivism and a penchant for blandly uniform clothing. Drake Doremus does nothing to dispel this image in Equals, moving […]

VENICE 2015 – Black Mass (2015)
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VENICE 2015 – Black Mass (2015)

Given his recent record, it’s been a long time since anyone showed surprise when a new Johnny Depp film turns out to be a turkey. He’s been cruising on empty for too long, and with old age catching up, his days as a headlining megastar seem numbered. Black Mass was […]

Legend (2015)
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Legend (2015)

Through his varied filmography, Tom Hardy has made himself out to be quite the cinematic chameleon.  Ranging from sci-fi and comic book villains to a renegade police officer and an MMA fighter, he has proved to critics that he can pull off any role.  But his latest film, directed by […]

VENICE 2015 – Looking for Grace (2015)
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VENICE 2015 – Looking for Grace (2015)

Everyone seems to be heading somewhere in the fifth feature from Australian director Sue Brooks, and no one ever arrives. In a series of interconnected stories centring on teenager Grace’s decision to abscond from home, a family confronts its own search for grace, both physical and spiritual. It’s all a […]

Dope (2015)
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Dope (2015)

Did you bring my lunch? Dope (has nobody really used this title since the Twenties?) is a far-fetched but hip update on the high school comedy depicting a youthful entrepreneur malgré lui, sort of like Tom Cruise in Risky Business but no longer middle class and white — by a […]