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EIFF 2016: River (2015)
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EIFF 2016: River (2015)

Rossif Sutherland stars here as John Lake, a young doctor working in Laos. He heads out one night for a big drinking session and ends up the next day with more than just a pesky hangover. He has memories of intervening between a sexual attacker and his potential victim, and […]

EIFF 2016: American Hero (2015)
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EIFF 2016: American Hero (2015)

If you’ve heard of writer-director Nick Love then you may be very surprised by his move towards something a bit different with American Hero. We’re talking, after all, about the man who gave us the likes of The Football Factory, The Business, Outlaw, and The Firm (2009) in a five […]

EIFF 2016: The Correspondence (2016)
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EIFF 2016: The Correspondence (2016)

The Correspondence is a film that I could easily imagine people struggling to get through. On the one hand it’s almost ludicrous, focusing as it does on a sad woman (Olga Kurylenko) who so desperately craves the constant messages that she receives from her love (Jeremy Irons) that she turns […]

EIFF 2016: Take Down (2016)
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EIFF 2016: Take Down (2016)

Jeremy Sumpter (who I haven’t seen onscreen since his starring role in Peter Pan, but maybe I’ve just missed his other movies) stars in this violent tale of spoilt kids against armed robbers. He plays Kyle Hartmann, a rich young man who has just avoided any major repercussions from a […]

EIFF 2016: Flash Gordon (1980)
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EIFF 2016: Flash Gordon (1980)

I last viewed Flash Gordon a very, very long time ago. I was a young teenager, or perhaps even slightly younger, and it was on TV. But that experience was enough to keep it in my memory for decades. If asked, I would reply that it was a firm favourite […]

EIFF 2016: Tiger Raid (2016)
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EIFF 2016: Tiger Raid (2016)

Two men on their way to complete a job, something that viewers can surmise will involve some nasty business. There’s small talk, there’s bickering, and there’s a lack of certainty when it comes to matters of loyalty. And one of those men is played by a Mr. Gleeson. If it […]

EIFF 2016: Spa Night (2016)
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EIFF 2016: Spa Night (2016)

Joe Seo stars as David, a Korean-American teenager who seems to be at a crucial point in his life. His parents have fallen on some hard times, he’s struggling to bring up his SAT scores to the level needed for his preferred colleges, and he’s dealing with his own homosexuality. […]

EIFF 2016: FirstBorn (2016)
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EIFF 2016: FirstBorn (2016)

FirstBorn is a film from director Nirpal Bhogal, and when I sat down to watch the film I couldn’t recall why I had wanted to see it, apart from it being a horror movie. Then I saw that the script was written by Bhogal and Sean Hogan. THAT is why. […]

EIFF 2016: Pikadero (2015)
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EIFF 2016: Pikadero (2015)

Pikadero isn’t a bad movie. It’s just not a very good one. And it also seems to be a bit confused as to what it actually wants to be. Take the central premise, where the title of the film comes from. A pikadero is, apparently, a public place used for […]

EIFF 2016: The Carer (2016)
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EIFF 2016: The Carer (2016)

While it’s all been done before, The Carer overcomes unoriginality and predictability thanks to a fantastic central performance from Brian Cox, playing an elderly and infirm actor being looked after by the titular carer (played by Coco K├Ânig). Cox plays Sir Michael, a bit of a legend thanks to his […]