LFF REVIEW: “One of the best ‘Zom-Coms’ going” – ‘Little Monsters’ (2019)

“Moments of sincerity that push this above other horror comedies” Since her Best Supporting Actress win at the Oscars back in 2014 for her role in 12 Years a Slave, Lupita Nyong’o has been crying out for a lead role that can showcase her talents fully. Her work in Queen of Katwe and Black Panther…

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LFF REVIEW: “A charming and witty display of affection from Dolan” – Matthias & Maxime (2019)

“Dolan’s vision of love and loss comes to life in the most earnestly heartfelt of ways.” Returning with another majestic demonstration of youthfulness, romantic pining and a journey of self-awakening, Matthias & Maxime is a charming and witty display of affection from Xavier Dolan. Childhood friends Matthias (Gabriel D’Almeida Freitas) and Maxime (Xavier Dolan) are life-long companions…

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A Week of Horror With the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival

For those lucky enough to haunt the streets of Brooklyn this month, be sure to check out the most horrifyingly brilliant festival running between 17th – 24th October.  The Brooklyn Horror Festival is a celebration of this bloody brilliant genre, boasting a diverse selection of horror films both old and new. The festival will also…

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NYFF REVIEW: ‘Beanpole’ (2019) Shines a Light on Postwar Female Solidarity and Anguish

“Masterful direction paired with spontaneous moments of brilliant vulnerability lead to a mortal examination of the female experience that never feels cloying or objectifying.” Iya (Viktoria Miroshnichenko) is a nurse who suffers from post-concussion syndrome and PTSD caused by her time as a soldier at the front lines of the war. This results in fits…

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LFF Review: “Iannucci conjures a picturesque delight” – The Personal History of David Copperfield

“Casts a spell of hope and good humour”  At the opening gala of London Film Festival Armando Iannucci refreshes a British classic “to remind us of our comedic and cultural heritage”. Starring Dev Patel, his only choice for the titular role, The Personal History of David Copperfield is the fantastical tale of a life fully…

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NYFF REVIEW: “The Only Thing Spookier Than the Undead is the White Male Gaze” – ‘Zombi Child’ (2019)

“Seeing the girls as larger, abstract ideas instead of as human beings weighs down the overall film.” In 1960s Haiti, a man named Clairvius Narcisse was said to have been poisoned and brought back from the dead as a zombie in order to be put to work as a slave on a plantation by a…

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LFF REVIEW: “Sentimental and contemplative of long-term relationships” – ‘Marriage Story’ (2019)

“Adam Driver is phenomenal, a presence on screen.” Marriage Story (2019), directed by Noah Baumbach, is a tale of the break-up between small-time theatre director Charlie (Adam Driver), and his actress wife Nicole (Scarlett Johansson). The two wish to divorce amicably, but when Nicole takes their son to LA to live with her mother, complications…

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LFF REVIEW: “Not the beautiful and mysterious creature it wants to be” – Little Joe (2019)

“Bold ideas with boring execution.” The mint-green lab coats donned by the botanists in Little Joe immediately create a sense of unease. This ever so slight change in the universally recognisable and authoritative white lab coat gives the impression that this lab-experiment-gone-wrong story will be somewhat different from its genre kin. But you would be…

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LFF REVIEW: “A Jigsaw That Was Always Meant to be Together” – ‘The House of Us’ (2019)

“A testament to young talent which is only bound to grow with time.” From South Korean writer/director Gaeun Yoon comes House of Us, a story of three young girls finding solace from the disparities of their home lives. Together they create a bond that cannot be broken, delving into mischief and laughter to hide the…

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LFF REVIEW: “A quiet, bittersweet gem” – ‘Monsoon’ (2019)

“Shy efforts to build connections with the world around him feel tender and real” Hong Khaou’s second feature opens with an overhead shot of a traffic junction in Ho Chi Minh City. Hundreds of cars, bikes and scooters approach from multiple directions, pushing forward and giving way as they negotiate the road together. It’s a…

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