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We Are Monster (2014)

Based on a tragic true-life incident, We Are Monster is a film that may have few surprises, but still ends up packed with tension thanks to the main performances and structure. Leeshon Alexander, who also wrote the script, stars as Robert Stewart, the latest young man to be admitted to Feltham […]

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Liar’s Dice (2014)

Liar’s Dice is all about a woman (Kamala, played by Geetanjali Thapa) who decides to head to Delhi, with her young daughter by her side, to find out just why she hasn’t heard from her husband in five months. On her travels she ends up being helped by a gruff […]

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Let Us Prey (2014)

Starting off with a figure rising up on a rock while some waves crash around him, soon followed by imagery of crows flying through the air and overcrowding the sky of a small town, Let Us Prey could easily be dismissed at the start as nothing more than a rock music […]

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The Anomaly (2014)

The Anomaly stars Noel Clarke, who also directed the movie, as Ryan, a man who starts to lose large chunks of time. Each time he wakes up he’s days ahead from the last point in time that he remembers, and is also in a very different situation. There’s a young […]

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X/Y (2014)

Whenever I see that a movie is written and directed by the same person who has the lead role I always feel my spidey sense tingling. The end results can be great, but they can also be absolutely terrible. X/Y actually lands in the middle. It’s a standard relationship drama, done […]

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Thunderbolt And Lightfoot (1974)

A comedy crime caper written and directed by Michael Cimino, Thunderbolt And Lightfoot is a bit of a strange beast, but also quite a delight. A light tone throughout allows the main players to have a lot of fun, even while (or even because) their characters spend much of their time […]

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Hyena (2014)

There are a number of shorthand ways that you could describe Hyena. It’s a bit like Filth with a lot less humour. It’s a Michael Mann flick, with the gloss and style replaced by a down ‘n’ dirty, London-based vibe. Marleybone Vice, if you will. Whatever comparison you use, it’s also worth […]

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The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet (2013)

French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet has been quiet since his 2009 wacky comedy Micmacs.  Even though he was worked quite consistently since his 1991 debut feature Delicatessen, Jeunet’s only English-language feature to date is the lukewarm 1997 sequel Alien: Resurrection.  But his latest film, based on Reif Larsen’s debut novel, manages […]

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The Two Faces of January (2014)

The Two Faces of January is the directorial debut of British-Iranian screenwriter Hossein Amini (screenwriter of Jude (1996), The Wings of the Dove (1997) and Drive (2011)) and the latest Patricia Highsmith adaptation after Strangers on a Train (1951), Plein Soleil (1960), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), and Ripley’s Game […]

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Fruitvale Station (2013)

One of the top films in this year’s Sundance Film Festival was this intense début from Sundance Labs filmmaker Ryan Coogler and producer Forest Whittaker.  Based on the true story of Oscar Grant, a young man who was fatally shot by police on New Year’s Day 2009, Coogler’s film has […]