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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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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