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Elle (2016)
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Elle (2016)

It is a uniquely disorienting and confusing pleasure to watch Isabelle’s two latest movies – Mia Hansen-Løve’s Things to Come/L’Avenir and Paul Verhoeven’s Elle – one after another, as I just did in New York. Both were playing in the city’s premier annual cinematic event, the New York Film Festival. […]

SXSW 2017 – Small Town Crime (2017)
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SXSW 2017 – Small Town Crime (2017)

As President Trump likes to make abundantly clear, inner-cities are dangerous, crime-riddled places. However, the latest feature from the Nelms brothers (Eshom and Ian) suggests urban centres don’t have a monopoly on law-breaking. It’s in a small town (hence the title) where John Hawkes’ broken down ex-cop finds himself dragged […]

SXSW 2017 – Atomic Blonde (2017)
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SXSW 2017 – Atomic Blonde (2017)

In a breathless opening sequence, an inappropriately dressed man dashes around the streets of Berlin only to get repeatedly run over and then shot by a KGB agent, all while “Blue Monday” roars out. Atomic Blonde is not out to cause any confusion: it starts the way it means to […]

SXSW 2017 – This Is Your Death (2017)
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SXSW 2017 – This Is Your Death (2017)

If the title of This Is Your Death sounds like a terrible reality show, that would be because it is. Giancarlo Esposito’s second feature as director attempts to satirise reality TV culture by having Josh Duhamel host a show in which people commit suicide for money. There’s slightly more nuance […]

SXSW 2017 – Becoming Bond (2017)
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SXSW 2017 – Becoming Bond (2017)

Australian enigma George Lazenby is best known for what he didn’t do rather than what he did. His decision to turn down a multi-film Bond contract that would have made him a millionaire has long been mocked, when anyone remembers him at all. Becoming Bond places him back centre stage […]

Across the River (2016)
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Across the River (2016)

Being Warren B. Malone’s first feature length, Across the River (2016) seems like an amateur effort with few redeeming features. After achieving success with his first two short films, winning the Arri Best Newcomer Award and the Best of British Award, Across the River fails to meet any early expectations […]

Kong: Skull Island (2017)
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Kong: Skull Island (2017)

More than a decade after he was last spotted dangling from the Empire State building in Peter Jackson’s courageous remake, King Kong comes roaring back onto our screens in Kong: Skull Island. With Legendary Entertainment firmly fixed on a plan to create a shared MonsterVerse, there’s a hefty weight of expectation […]

SXSW 2017 – Song to Song (2017)
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SXSW 2017 – Song to Song (2017)

Famously reclusive and sparing in his output, Terrence Malick used to be the mercurial auteur prototype. It helped that his small canon proved worthy of all the extravagant praise thrown its way. Then he suddenly stepped the productivity up; a move creating initial delight that has faded under the tedium […]

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
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John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

“You wanted me back, I’m back,” John Wick growls in this slick and satisfying sequel, as if there was ever any doubt that we’d be seeing Keanu Reeves’ hirsute hitman again. It’s a well-established fact of cinema that world-class assassins can’t be allowed to enjoy a peaceful retirement and Mr […]