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CANNES 2016 – Sieranevada (2016)
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CANNES 2016 – Sieranevada (2016)

Anyone who has ever found themselves caught in the crossfire of a futile family feud, no matter what the scale, are all but guaranteed to writhe with discomfort at regular intervals throughout Romanian director Cristi Puiu’s dysfunctional domestic drama, Sieranevada. An almost wordless prologue that tracks, in a single take, […]

CANNES 2016 – Cafe Society (2016)
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CANNES 2016 – Cafe Society (2016)

His avenues of finance may have changed, but as the customary use of a white Windsor typeface and chirpy jazz jingle in the opening credits immediately confirm, Café Society is Woody Allen once more strolling along the same streets he has frequented throughout his career. It’s a sweet and jaunty […]

The Desert Hawk (1950)
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The Desert Hawk (1950)

In the ancient east Princess Scheherazade (Yvonne De Carlo) has been promised in marriage to the wicked Prince Murad (George Macready). However the mysterious Desert Hawk (Richard Greene), a hero of the people, has different ideas and sets about saving the princess by donning a disguise and marrying her himself, […]

Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)
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Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

With features such as Philomena, Mrs Henderson Presents and The Queen in his filmography, British director Stephen Frears has successfully brought real lives to the big screen, ‘celebrating’ historically famous women to audiences worldwide. His latest project focuses on an American socialite, who was once dubbed ‘the worst singer to […]

Son of Saul (2015)
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Son of Saul (2015)

Relatively short by modern standards, there is little you can say about the Hungarian film Son of Saul, other than that watching it is akin to an endurance test not unlike – one imagines – going through hell itself. The war drama by Hungarian director László Nemes, which won this […]

Captain America: Civil War (2016)
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Captain America: Civil War (2016)

With great power comes great responsibility, and in this onscreen world of heroes and villains, the Russo Brothers are true beacons of hope. While the second sequence in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe was, predominately, a disjointed assortment of spandex-laden adventures – saddled with insurmountable expectations, and overwhelming amounts of exposition – […]

Jane Got a Gun (2016)
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Jane Got a Gun (2016)

Jane Got a Gun – the new western drama from director Gavin O’Connor and writers Brian Duffield, Anthony Tambakis and Joel Edgerton, and starring Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton, Noah Emmerich and Ewan McGregor – goes in with all guns blazing. The final result however, is wildly of target. Jane (Portman) lives […]

Golden Years (2016)
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Golden Years (2016)

It must be noted that independent cinema is stronger than ever. Providing a plot and premise is in order, near enough perfection will come into the equation of respectable film making. Golden Years truly proves to be of that high calibre as a story of old age pensioners on the […]

Bastille Day (2016)
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Bastille Day (2016)

It seems everyone – or at least two of the front runners – with even the slightest chance of becoming James Bond when Daniel Craig eventually hangs up his Walther PPK, is currently featuring in some form of crime / espionage thriller, in what amount to virtual auditions for the […]

Free State (2016)
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Free State (2016)

Good ingredients alone do not make for haute cuisine. To shift that analogy over, Free State arrives with all the right ideas and no clear notion what to do with them. Worthy and deeply earnest as it is, Salmon de Jager’s romantic drama, set in Apartheid South Africa, is a […]