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A trio of documentaries on ostensibly diverse subjects (suppression of online dissent, a climate change crusade, a family’s struggle for justice after a police shooting) all circle back to the fight for agency in the modern world.
11 Jun 2017
An unbelievable story anchors The Lovers and the Despot, but a reluctance to frame it in an insightful way cripples it.
10 May 2016
Taut, brutal, and atmospheric, The Blackcoat's Daughter is a bold but slightly derivative effort from debut director Osgood Perkins.
09 May 2016
Spry and crisp, The Anthropologist is a solid documentary that avoids bearing the weight of the austere pessimism surrounding climate change.
06 May 2016
Set in war-torn Iran, Under the Shadow executes satisfying scares against the backdrop of an intelligent social drama.
06 May 2016
American Psycho heads across the pond in a fun, albeit derivative, dark comedy about a sociopathic music label A&R man in the midst of the Britpop craze.
28 Mar 2016
The odd, the experimental, and the undervalued are brought together in a festival that offers a respite from the uniformity of modern, mass-market, film.
21 Mar 2016
The 40th Gdynia Film Festival, the most prestigious film event in Poland, has the fortune to be taking place in a hugely significant and successful year for Polish cinema.
16 Sep 2015
Fathom Events early screening of Disney Pixar's Inside Out put (what might be) future DVD special features on the big screen for film fans.
19 Jun 2015
Todd Haynes' adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's 1952 lesbian love story is a sumptuous visual treat, but the novel's emotional content has been softened and simplified.
17 May 2015
The 2015 Cannes Film Festival finds Woody Allen mining the same tropes of crimes and misdemeanors that he does with each film.
16 May 2015
Amid the hype and the hustle, Cannes 2015 yields two small scale but accomplished new features from Naomi Kawase and Radu Muntean.
15 May 2015
Polish films old and new, lectures, concerts and exhibitions make up a varied programme of events at Kinoteka 2015.
07 May 2015
This film brings the history of organized crime in Sicily to life, but forgets to do the same for its characters.
26 Nov 2014
August: Osage County goes to Italy in A Small Southern Enterprise, the Italian Film Festival’s best treat.
25 Nov 2014
Two films focused on ageing characters yield contrasting results. Tom Browne’s Radiator is an exquisite, intimate family portrait, but Israel Horovitz’s My Old Lady feels entirely fake.
16 Oct 2014
Two well-made, humane films focus on the lives of maths prodigies: Morgan Matthews’ modestly-scaled X Plus Y and Morten Tyldum’s epic Alan Turing biopic, The Imitation Game.
14 Oct 2014
Issues of gender identity and sexuality come under scrutiny in today’s reviewed films: the latest genre-hopper from François Ozon, and Ester Martin Bergsmark’s explicit teen love story.
13 Oct 2014
Two ensemble comedy dramas at either ends of the budgetary scale: Jason Reitman’s synthetic Men Women & Children and Simon Baker’s likeable, low-budget Night Bus.
12 Oct 2014
Peter Strickland confirms his reputation as one of contemporary British cinema’s most distinctive talents with a thrilling, immersive love story.
09 Oct 2014
Our coverage of the 2014 London Film Festival begins with reviews of two mother/daughter-focused dramas: veteran André Téchiné’s French Riviera and Afia Nathaniel’s debut film Dukhtar.
06 Oct 2014
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