Film Review

Mon Roi (2015)
Film Review

Mon Roi (2015)

Some people aren’t good for each other. Relationships that start off with such allure soon turn to dust when the spark falters. In most instances the couple splits up, but in the worst case scenario they cling to each other like limpets, too busy fighting the past to move forward. […]

The Measure of a Man (2015)
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The Measure of a Man (2015)

When you tear someone down to nothing, you find out who they really are. That at least seems to be French director Stéphane Brizé’s motto in The Measure of a Man. Throwing a barrage of obstacles in Vincent Lindon’s path, he’s presented with a final test to see just what […]

Louder Than Bombs (2015)
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Louder Than Bombs (2015)

That switch into English can be a real killer, tripping up the best of filmmakers. Norwegian director Joachim Trier, the man behind the brilliant Oslo, August 31st brings a top draw cast and moments of subtle grandeur with him, but he also loses an awful lot of the nuance that […]

Green Room (2015)
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Green Room (2015)

First he took us to Blue Ruin, now we’re off to the Green Room. After leaving his smouldering mark following an impressive slow burn revenge thriller, Jeremy Saulnier had found a new bunch of people to terrify in his second colour coded film. Like a man gifted the keys to […]

The Sea of Trees (2015)
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The Sea of Trees (2015)

In a career that has seen its share of ups and downs, Gus Van Sant’s new film is right near the bottom. Having won the coveted Palme d’Or back in 2003 for Elephant, he finds himself almost inexplicably in the running (and I say that only in the sense that […]

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

It’s not often a debut feature finds itself in the main competition at Cannes. Usually reserved for those who’ve earned their stripes, the up-and-comers get a slot in Un Certain Regard, or one of the more leftfield sidebars. So hopes were high when László Nemes’ Son of Saul found its […]

Maryland (2015)
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Maryland (2015)

It’s an odd job working security, a lifetime spent in the background watching the crowd. If something does occur, there’s likely to be so much chaos no one will notice their contribution anyway. Matthias Schoenaerts, the Belgian actor built like a tank, perpetually in danger of bursting out of his […]

My Mother (2015)
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My Mother (2015)

If Nanni Moretti’s rhythm has been off of late, you wouldn’t know it here. Competing again for the Palme d’Or, a prize he won back in 2001 for The Son’s Room, there’s a confidence to My Mother that adds an extra level. Very much a game of two halves, Moretti […]

Carol (2015)
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Carol (2015)

Carol is a film crackling with opportunity, rich in period setting, richer still in personal relationships built up, torn down and glued back together with messy elegance. Returning once more to his favoured 1950s American backdrop, Todd Haynes has crafted a convention defying romance at once simple and complex. Straight […]

Spring (2014)
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Spring (2014)

Love, it’s said, conquers all. Perhaps Virgil might have reconsidered such a bold statement had he known what American tourist Evan would face on the Italian coastline. Spring, from acclaimed independent filmmakers Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, lovingly combines genres to take a very familiar world and turn it into […]