Film Review

The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
Film Review

The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

Since 2010’s Despicable Me, Illumination Entertainment has received steady acclaim for its features, achieving its first $1bn grossing film last year with spin-off Minions.  Now, the voice behind the yellow sidekicks and Despicable Me co-director Chris Renaud is stepping up to direct his first full-length feature on his own. The Secret Life […]

EIFF 2016: Holidays (2016)
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EIFF 2016: Holidays (2016)

Remember when horror anthology movies were few and far between? Now it feels as if we get another one every month. Holidays is one such film, bringing to you a selection of holiday-based tales from the likes of Adam Egypt Mortimer, Kevin Smith, Sarah Adina Smith, Nicholas McCarthy, and a […]

EIFF 2016: Burden (2016)
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EIFF 2016: Burden (2016)

I really didn’t know anything about Chris Burden before I sat down to this documentary about him. To be completely honest, as the lights went down and the film began, I struggled to remember what I was about to see. I’d even forgotten that it was a documentary. These things […]

EIFF 2016: The Canterville Ghost
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EIFF 2016: The Canterville Ghost

AKA Le fantôme de Canterville I first read The Canterville Ghost, by Oscar Wilde, when I was a very young boy. I must have been about eight or nine. I was probably only about twelve years old the last time I read it. It’s been far too long, but that […]

EIFF 2016: My Name Is Emily (2015)
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EIFF 2016: My Name Is Emily (2015)

Evanna Lynch (probably best known to moviegoers just now for her enjoyable turn as the flighty Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter movies) plays young Emily, a girl brought up in a, hmmmmm, rather unorthodox fashion by her philosophically-minded father (Michael Smiley). Mind you, when I say rather unorthodox fashion […]

EIFF 2016: The Rezort (2015)
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EIFF 2016: The Rezort (2015)

Described as The Walking Dead meets Westworld in some corners (some were even brave enough to replace Westworld with Jurassic Park), The Rezort doesn’t quite live up to that description, which may come as little surprise to most zombie movie fans. It is, overall, a fairly standard zombie film, a […]

ALOYS by Tobias Noelle / Georg Friedrich as Aloys, Yufei Li as Yen Lee
©Hugofilm / Simon Guy Faessler
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EIFF 2016: Aloys (2016)

Written and directed by Tobias Nölle, Aloys is an interesting film that takes some potentially bleak and depressing material and makes it, for the most part, into something a bit more enjoyable and interestingly tactile. Georg Friedrich plays Aloys Adorn, a private investigator who doesn’t really connect with anyone in […]

EIFF 2016: Seat In Shadow
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EIFF 2016: Seat In Shadow

David Sillars, who also co-wrote the screenplay with director Henry Coombes, plays an aged, gay man named Albert who also happens to be quite good at psychotherapy. His latest patient is the grandon of a friend. He is named Ben (Jonathan Leslie) and also happens to be gay, which may […]