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 Kenyan director Mbithi Masya’s debut feature, viewers are brought into contact with a mystical sensibility that recalls the beliefs of early-20th-century filmmakers that the transformative energies of cinema were by far the medium’s most vital feature. Swahili for “in-between”, kati kati refers to the film’s strange desert purgatory where a young woman, Kaleche (Nyokabi Gethaiga), […]

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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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Movie Review: One More Time with Feeling

  ‘With my voice I am calling you’ Nick Cave sings in The Skeleton Tree, the new album released by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds earlier in 2016. Andrew Dominik, a film director from New Zealand, is mostly known for his 2007 film The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, which heard […]

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Movie Review: Jean of the Joneses

  Canadian-born Stella Meghie’s directorial debut, Jean of the Joneses (2016), offers a warmly intimate, hilariously honest portrait of a quarrelling Jamaican-American family and the struggles of its youngest kin, 25-year-old aspiring writer Jean Jones (Taylour Paige), as she navigates her youth and attempts to deal with her stagnant writing career and crumbling relationship. Meghie’s […]

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Movie Review: American Honey

  British filmmaker Andrea Arnold’s latest film, American Honey (2016), a refreshingly original British coming-of-age drama inspired by the controversial, real-life experiences of a group of American youths in crews travelling from town to town selling magazine subscriptions, not only signals her first production set and filmed outside of the United Kingdom, but also marks […]

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Movie Review: Certain Women

  Florida-born screenwriter and filmmaker Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women (2016), a slow-burning and poignantly dysphoric lamentation examining the interconnecting lives of a group of various women living in Montana – from seasoned lawyer Laura Wells (Laura Dern), to dissatisfied wife Gina Lewis (Michelle Williams) and trainee lawyer Beth Travis (Kristen Stewart) – possesses a stoic […]

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Throwback Movie Review: Last Tango in Paris

  Bernardo Bertolucci’s Franco-Italian erotic drama, Last Tango in Paris (1972), a powerfully emotive tale of thrilling sexual lust depicting the experiences of a recently widowed, mysterious American expatriate who becomes involved in a tempestuously passionate love affair with a young, Parisian woman, was welcomed with enormous notoriety upon its release. Initially garnering wide-spread international […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: From Afar

  A sexually subversive and darkly violent drama set in the perilous streets of Caracas, From Afar (2015), marks the first feature film from Venezuelan filmmaker Lorenzo Vigas, whose gripping debut is self-consciously marked by violent physical beatings, sexual voyeurism and internalized homophobia that vividly characterizes the age discordant relationship the film’s troubled paramours. The […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: JULIETA

  Almodóvar returns with his triumphant 20th feature film, Julieta (2016), undeniably rivalling the seductively psychological narratives, enrapturing emotional cartwheeling and evocatively chromatic visuals of his legendary works – from the exhilaratingly dark Live Flesh (1997), to the intensely passionate Broken Embraces (2009) and the melancholically heart-rending Talk to Her (2002) – all while presenting […]

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Movie Review: The Model

Danish director Mads Matthiesen’s poignantly bitter-sweet romantic drama Teddy Bear (2012) – a stellar debut feature which garnered him the Directing Award for World Cinema at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival – possesses a refreshingly candid humanism which his follow up feature, the fashion drama The Model (2016) seems to glaringly lack. Fortunately, the awkwardly […]

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Movie Review: The Lobster

  Yorgos Lanthimos’s Greek drama, Dogtooth (2009), which won the Un Certain Regard Prize at 2009 Cannes Film Festival and Alps (2011), presented with the Osella for Best Screenplay at 68th Venice International Film Festival are equalled in cinematic dexterity by Lanthimos’s latest release, The Lobster (2016), a thrillingly dystopian and macabrely satirical drama that […]

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Throwback Movie Review: The Dreamers

  Three decades after Bertolucci’s fanatically erotic and suffocatingly impassioned Last Tango in Paris (1971), he released his exquisitely shot and elegantly written The Dreamers (2003), a nostalgically romantic tribute to the youthful passion and political fervour of 1968 Paris, a world tinted with the spirited virtuousness and naïve idealism that came to epitomize the […]

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Movie Review: The Fits

  Up-and-coming director Anna Rose Holmer’s daring psychological drama, The Fits, depicts the the pre-pubescent anxieties of Toni – an 11-year-old tomboy boxer turned urban dancer – with such dexterous cinematic verve, that is isn’t hard to see why Holmer was listed as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2015 and […]

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Movie Review: Honeyglue

  The follow-up to James Bird’s debut directorial feature Eat Spirit Eat, a whimsical comedy about an orphaned boy searching for his estranged father, Honeyglue offers an equally bitter-sweet effort touching the sombre subject matter forbidden love – a tumultuous romance between a girl with terminal cancer and a gender fluid, cross-dressing boy with a […]

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