Film Review

Film Review

As We Were Dreaming (2015)

Lest we forget, Germany was until very recently a country literally split in two. Reunification has proven remarkably successful but it has not all been plain sailing. Andreas Dresen’s coming of age nightmare in Leipzig shortly after the collapse of East Germany evokes a strong sense of confusion and chaos […]

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Under Electric Clouds (2015)

No one can accuse Russian director Alexey German Jr. of lacking ambition. His drifting, elliptical tour through the confusion in his homeland, told in fluid long takes and hazy colours, tries to create a state of the nation snapshot in just over two hours. That he fails is no real […]

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Chasuke’s Journey (2015)

Have you ever felt life is beyond your control? Operating somewhere between knowing wink and madness, Japanese writer/director Sabu suggests there’s a good reason for this in his madcap comedy Chasuke’s Journey. Taking a high concept idea, he delivers a witty, gruesome lesson in seizing your own destiny. Shooting with […]

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Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. In which case director Matthew Vaughan’s spy pastiche Kingsman: The Secret Service should have those responsible for the genre’s most famous franchise tickled pink. If the films based on Ian Fleming’s perennial British agent are the embodiment of the secret service […]

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Eisenstein in Guanajuato (2015)

In 1930, world famous Russian director Sergei Eisenstein found himself in Mexico prepping for an unfinishable project that would end in disgrace. Leftfield British filmmaker Peter Greenaway takes this semi-exile and turns it into a creative orgy played lightning fast and loose as they come. After three features including the […]

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Cinderella (2015)

Courage and kindness, I think we can all agree, are valuable attributes. But do we need to be reminded of this obvious truism every few minutes? Disney’s new adaptation of Cinderella certainly believes so, sparing no tangential opportunity to slip it into conversation. Avoiding anything that might require a moment’s […]

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Gone with the Bullets (2014)

When Let the Bullets Fly first appeared in 2010 it felt like a breath of fresh air. Lighting up the box office and drawing a decent response from critics, Jiang Wen’s (director, writer and star) fast-paced dark comedy flew through China’s recent past in a whirlwind of crass entertainment. The […]

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Sworn Virgin (2015)

Life in the Albanian mountains offers up two choices. You’re either a man, or you obey one. For anyone who, through the misfortune of birth, fails to qualify for the first option, yet is unwilling to comply with the second, that’s just tough. With one exception. If a woman is […]

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13 Minutes (2015)

It’s been a tough old time for Oliver Hirschbiegel in recent years. His last film, the dreadful Diana (2013) saw everyone wade into the slaughter. It was a far cry from the international acclaim that greeted Downfall, his 2004 account of the last days in the Fuhrer bunker. In an […]