Movie review: Last Men in Aleppo

  Last men in Aleppo is a brutal, emotionally overwhelming true story of the last humanitarian fighters in Aleppo who risk their lives in a failing society. We follow Khaled (Umar Harah) who is a part of The Syrian Civil Defence also known as The White Helmets – a volunteer organisation that operates in parts […]

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Movie Review: Everything, Everything

Stella Meghie (JEAN OF THE JONESES) offers a garden-variety teen romance in her second directorial work, Everything, Everything, following the release of her widely applauded debut feature which explores the chaotic dramatics that follow a large Jamaican-American family in a riotously droll, sharply illuminating generational drama. Although her follow up project is equally audacious in […]

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Critique du film: Everything, Everything

  Stella Meghie (JEAN OF THE JONESES) offre un romance d’adolescents éculé dans son deuxième long-métrage, Everything, Everything, suite à la sortie de son premier film largement applaudi qui explore les scènes chaotique qui suivent une grande famille jamaïcain d’Amérique dans un drame générationnelle tapageusement amusant et fortement instructive. Bien que son projet suivi est […]

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Movie Review: Wind River

  Taylor Sheridan’s latest crime thriller is one of the rare films in mainstream cinema to address the ongoing epidemic of sexual violence on Indian reservations. Set on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming, it recounts the rape and death of a young Native American woman Natalie Hanson (Kelsey Chow), whose body is found frozen in the […]

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Movie Review: Dunkirk

Christopher Nolan has been known primarily for his cerebral thrillers, but in Dunkirk, he deploys his technical virtuosity to create an utterly emotional experience. His film stages one of the most desperate periods in Britain’s fight against Nazi Germany, when 400,000 Allied soldiers were surrounded by German forces on the northern beaches of France in the spring of 1940. With […]

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Movie Review: The Circle

The Circle tells the story of an aspiring young woman named Mae Holland from her first day at the very successful Silicon Valley company ‘The Circle’ and then… well… depends if you are watching the film or reading the book. There are characters with the same names in the book and in the film, and […]

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Movie Review: Frantz

A director as inventive as François Ozon would never remake a film in the conventional sense. His latest work Frantz (2016) is technically a re-staging of Broken Lullaby (Ernst Lubitsch, 1932), which follows a German widow, Anna Hoffmeister, in the wake of WWI as she encounters a mysterious Frenchman at the gravesite of her fiancé, […]

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Movie Review: Before I Fall

New York-born filmmaker Ry Russo-Young’s first directorial project in 5 years – after her 2012 family drama, Nobody Walks, co-written by Lena Dunham and starring John Krasinski – the teenage mystery drama Before I Fall (2017), asks the viewer: What If Today Was the Only Day of the Rest of Your Life? The rhetorical question […]

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Movie Review: It Comes At Night

  In Trey Edward Shults’ post-apocalyptic chamber drama It Comes At Night (2017), fear of death, outsiders and the unknown opens the door to the monsters of human nature. Set in an unspecified dystopian future, the film presents us with a world ravaged by a highly contagious plague. Among its survivors is Paul (Joel Edgerton), who has undertaken […]

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Movie Review: The Beguiled

Can you make a movie about the Civil War without showing the suffering caused by the enslavement of black people in the South? Since the premiere of Sofia Coppola’s newest movie – The Beguiled – in Cannes earlier this year, this question has been an especially virulent one, especially on the Internet. And once again […]

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Movie Review: Jeune Femme

A young girl, Paula, is having a mental breakdown, banging her forehead on the front door of an apartment. Later we will realise that she’s lost and broke – financially and psychologically – after living in South America for 10 years. The photographer whose muse she has been for the last decade likes to have […]

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Movie Review: Before We Go

  Last year’s release of the third instalment of Marvel’s epic box-office franchise, Captain America – Captain America: Civil War – marks the seventh year that Hollywood actor Chris Evans has been dutifully playing the role of adored superhero in the Marvel Universe. Likewise, the impending release of the latest film in Marvel’s sister franchise, […]

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Movie Review: Gifted

The startlingly poignant family drama set in a costal town near Tampa, Florida, depicts the giddy heights and sombre darkness in the relationship between young, single Frank Adler (Chris Evans) and his mathematically gifted niece, Mary (Mckenna Grace), whom he raises with deep affection and sensitivity following the suicide of his sister. The film succeeds […]

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Movie Review: Happy End

  An educator. A provocateur. A moralist. And last but not least: A two time Palm d’Or winner. Michael Haneke is unequivocally one of the darlings of the Cannes Film Festival and as it often is with darlings of a prestigious cultural event, the relationship is also a particularly difficult one. At no time does […]

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MOVIE REVIEW THROWBACK: ALMOST FAMOUS

– Cameron Crowe’s Oscar-winning cult-classic, Almost Famous (2000), offers audiences an entrancing delve into the world of 1970s rock music with its perfect blend of sharp humour, charmingly époque-capturing cinematography, hypnotizing cast performances and an exquisite musical score which all poetically capture the emotional complexities in the maturation of 15-year-old rock-enthusiast William Miller at the […]

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Movie Review: Get Out

The subject matter of racial tensions in America has been firmly on the radar in Hollywood cinema since the 1950s, gradually receiving deeper and more nuanced treatment as increasing attention and funding has been given to productions that explore the 400 year racial drama of the United States. The last few years have produced a […]

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Movie Review: Kati Kati

  Watching Kati Kati (Mbithi Masya), viewers are brought into contact with a mystical sensibility – one recalling the beliefs of early experimental filmmakers that the medium’s transformative energies were by far its most vital feature. Swahili for “in-between”, kati kati refers to the film’s strange desert purgatory where a young woman Kaleche (Nyokabi Gethaiga) wakes […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: LA LA LAND

La La Land may not have won best picture at the Oscars, but the multi award winning musical directed by Damien Chazelle won the majority of our hearts all over the world. Those who said great movies are dead were proven wrong when the stunning Old Hollywood classic graced the big screens last December. The […]

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