Movie Review: Phantom Thread

In Paul Thomas Anderson’s gothically-titled Phantom Thread, Daniel Day-Lewis plays a man as famously exacting as himself: a renowned dressmaker in ’50s London named Reynolds Woodcock. The actor’s approach to his work finds its supreme outlet in the meticulous couturier, whose methods are likewise torturous even as they guarantee his exquisite creations. Anderson, meanwhile, dissects Woodcock’s creative genius with Hitchcockian coldness, leading us […]

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Movie Review: Lady Bird.

As a huge Greta Gerwig fan, I am not surprised that I liked “Lady Bird”. However even I am surprised, despite my extreme partiality for this actress-turned-writer-turned-director, about how much I actually loved it. During the course of the film, we follow a year in the life of Christine Mcpherson aka “Lady Bird” (that is […]

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Movie Review: Polisse

When I watched “Polisse” a few years ago, it took me a long time to get it out of my head. The story centres on a group of French police officers working in a child protection unit and shows how their work affects them psychologically. Admittedly, the film’s content is very hard-hitting, but if you think you can stomach […]

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Movie Review: On the Beach At Night Alone

  Art and life have overlapped in the cinema many a time, but rarely do they achieve the proximity one finds in Hong Sang-soo’s latest work On the Beach at Night Alone. In response to the obsessive media coverage in South Korea of his affair with actress Kim Min-hee, Hong has crafted a film-confession in […]

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Movie Review: Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri.

  If I had to describe Three Billboards in two words, I would say this: subtly unpredictable. It is true there are a few obviously major plot twists and shockers; yet not enough to give it that jack-in-a-box on acid feeling we get from other dramas or thrillers, where every second there is a new […]

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MOVIEW REVIEW: MOLLY’S GAME

  Can you imagine being close to winning a spot on the American Olympic skiing team, only to have your hopes and dreams dashed in a second because of an injury on the slopes? That’s what happened to Molly Bloom. What does one do next? The story is quite remarkable, and has been adapted into […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: THE SHAPE OF WATER

  A fairytale about the transcendent power of communication, The Shape of Water is the eloquent gem that Guillermo Del Toro fans have been waiting for. Set in early ’60s Baltimore, it tells the story of a young mute woman named Elisa (Sally Hawkins) who works as a janitor at a secret military lab where […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: WITHNAIL AND I

  If you are a Brit, like I am, it is highly likely you are acquainted with the film Withnail and I. You’ve either watched it a million times, or heard your family and friends rave about it. Although Withnail and I dates from 1987, its brand of British humour is still very much the […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: JEUNE FEMME

  Last week I decided to brave the arctic temperatures in Paris and venture out to the cinema. I wanted to see “Jeune femme” as the woman in the trailer reminded me a little of me: a loveable mess living in Paris, not quite sure where she is going in life, but trying her best. […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: A GHOST STORY

  How do you switch from producing Disney movie Pete Dragon to directing Casey Affleck  under a blanket for ‘A Ghost Story’? We are not too sure, but talented filmmaker David Lowery accomplished both tasks. IndieWire gave it the first spot on their list of the best independent films of 2017, even though the movie […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: PERSONAL SHOPPER

  “Uncategorizable” is how the Guardian referred to ‘Personal Shopper’ after awarding it five stars. Time magazine also praised it for being a “strange and beautifully made film.” French film director Olivier Assayas won Best Director Award at the Cannes Film Festival last year. The official premiere there was received by an almost five minutes […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: THE SQUARE

The Square is the latest masterpiece from Ruben Östlund, director of Force Majeure (2014). Winning a Palme d’Or in Cannes in 2017 – one of the most prestigious prizes in film, grabbed the attention of international audiences and earned the film Sweden’s nomination for the Oscars. Östlund’s film is a reflection of our times through […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: SING STREET

  Sing street tells the story of a teenager called Conor who sets up a band in order to attract a beautiful girl named Raphina that he met on the street. This is John Carney’s third independent musical film since Once & Begin Again. The soundtrack was composed by Danny Wilson frontman Gary Clark, and […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: LOVING VINCENT

  “Loving Vincent” is a film written and directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman and is a story exploring the circumstances of Vincent Van Gogh’s death. The story picks up a year after his death in Arles, where a local Postman named Roulin (played by Chris O’Dowd) asks his son Armand (played by Douglas […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: THE KILLING OF A SECRET DEER

  Though shrouded in enigmas, Yorgos Lanthimos’ disturbing new film leaves a simple question lingering in the mind: Why, of all things, is it called “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”? Seemingly irrelevant as one watches the film unfold, the darkly allusive title is, in fact, at the very heart of the drama’s uncanny logic. […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: LIGHTS OUT

  What do you do if you have a strong idea for a short film but no funding to make it? You make it yourself at home, in your flat, with your wife. This is what David F. Sandberg did anyway. The concept of his story is very simple: Lotta Lotsen (the film director’s wife) switches […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: THE FLORIDA PROJECT

  Vibrant, daring, and emotionally devastating, The Florida Project will completely capture your heart before it breaks it. Its 7-year-old star Brooklynn Prince plays Moonee, an irresistible ball of energy living with her ex-stripper mother Halley (Bria Vinaite) in a rundown motel called The Magic Castle on the outskirts of Disney World. It’s a glaringly ironic name […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ALL THESE SLEEPLESS NIGHTS

  “All These Sleepless Nights” is a movie directed by a polish up’n’coming new talent Michal Marczak, who is by all means one of the most progressive and interesting directors to follow. At Sundance his latest feature was classified as a documentary (nomination – “best film”, won “best director”). Maneuvering between documental observation and the […]

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