Top of the Docs #36 – LFF Special: ‘Time’ (2020)

Garrett Bradley, a first-time filmmaker, brings us perhaps the most damning indictment of the system yet, with her film Time.

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LFF REVIEW: ‘Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets’ (2020) Blurs Fact & Fiction To Fascinating Effect

A cross between documentary and cinematic social experiment, the Ross Brothers’ ‘Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets’ feels like the ultimate hangout movie.

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LFF REVIEW: ‘Ammonite’ (2020) is a Beautifully Polished Period Lesbian Love Story

With little knowledge of the private life of the real Mary Anning, Ammonite fills in the gaps with queer pining and fossil hunting.

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REVIEW: ‘American Utopia’ Shows David Byrne Is As Good As He Ever Was

David Byrne has the most calming presence I’ve ever witnessed. 36 years after the ground-breaking Stop Making Sense, David Byrne is still taking our expectations of concerts and theatre, elevating them to a higher level that only a frontman like him could do. Stop Making Sense was more than just a concert, it was performing…

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LFF REVIEW: ‘The Intruder’ (2020) is a Dull, Ineffective Paranormal Thriller

All of the ingredients are there, but they’ve been swished into a diluted, forgettable cocktail that’s more of a nightcap than a rush to the head.

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LFF REVIEW: ‘Rose: A Love Story’ (2020) is a Vampire Film For Our Times

An efficiently crafted piece of work shrouded in dread and frozen to last.

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LFF REVIEW: ‘Never Gonna Snow Again’ Is As Ambiguous As It Comes

Little reveals itself at times which can make the film feel as if it’s paused in motion rather than moving forward. The mysterious stranger – a plot point as old as time but one that hasn’t ever lost its touch. The concept of mystery is kind of endless, meaning that the setting, character and idea…

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LFF REVIEW: ‘Relic’ (2020) is an Unfurling Terror of the Haunted House as Diseased and Dying Mind

The scares are minimal, with a heavy reliance on atmosphere, but stick with it and you’ll find this stylish horror film wanders close to home and burrows underneath the skin.

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LFF REVIEW: ‘180 Degree Rule’ Begins with Promise that then Disappoints

“180 Degree Rule at times feels like a telling drama about mistrust and deceit, but what lies under the surface is a morally abrupt message.” There is little joy or optimism to take away when watching 180 Degree Rule. In its 83 minutes, it hits at the hardest spots and seems to gradually get worse…

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LFF REVIEW: ‘Farewell Amor’ (2020) is an Impressive Trichotomous Negotiation of Family Values

Farewell Amor features many goodbyes, some more painful than others, but each farewell marks a new beginning.

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