FILM REVIEW: MOTHER!

  One need only to look at film reviews for “Mother!” to realise that the film has been polarizing to say the least. On the one hand it’s been lauded: ”no gob left unsmacked in Jennifer Lawrence’s anxiety dream of horror and dismay.” (Peter Bradshaw, Guardian) and on the other hand it’s been called “the […]

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Movie Review: The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

  The Killing of a Chinese Bookie is an American film directed by John Cassavetes from 1976. As a crime film, this one stands out from its genre. The director focuses on each character and defines the individuals in a sentimental way that highlights the soft spot inside of each of them. We dive directly […]

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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. Dunkirk 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. […]

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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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Spotlight: Wes Anderson

“I don’t know what is in store for the movie business any better than anybody else does, but it does seem like my kind of movies are a little trickier than it used to be – or maybe a lot trickier.” Wes Anderson In contrast to most blockbuster films today, it is impossible to to […]

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Jerry Maguire

Let’s give it up for the good guys capable of keeping their heads above water in the ugliness of the corporate rat race. If everyone had a dollar for each time a decent person got lost in the hustle that is corporate life, we’d all be rich by now. Jerry Maguire of the eponymous film […]

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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Tina Fey is outside her rom-com element in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. So much so that she finds herself uncomfortably outside her skillset; I’d rather have her stick to her self-effacing, whip smart funny and cute girl roles. But developing her career past the comedy grooves she’s carved, Fey plays Kim Baker in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, […]

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Hail, Caesar!

 Français The latest Coen brothers film Hail, Caesar! was advertised as a story of a Hollywood fixer in the 1950s working to keep movie stars in line. Posters immediately reveal its plump casting repertoire with sturdy A-list actors, cutting from the same cloth as the early 2000s Ocean’s trilogy. As expected, this made for nice […]

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Spanglish

 Français Movies have tried to explain upper-middle class domestic suffocation for a while. Sam Mendes’ American Beauty and the hit prime time TV series Desperate Housewives are a few of Hollywood’s projects that well-captured a portrait of what it meant to be comfortable and bored. I find myself tip-toeing around this subject matter at the […]

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Room

Français Books make for good film fodder – there’s a dramatic story readily available to tell with its sales numbers a calculated forecast of its anticipated success. Lenny Abrahamson’s Room has certainly captured this spirit with the eponymous book by Emma Donoghue. While the story of kidnap and captivity in a small room for years […]

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Steve Jobs

Français Steve Jobs. The name is praised for limitless inspirational tenacity on one end, and serves as a grumbling pejorative on the other. To portray his psyche without imploding, one would need an accurate set of facts, and – perhaps more importantly – an intelligent understanding of difficult people. Director Danny Boyle teamed up with […]

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