REVIEW: Harmful Stereotypes Are Alive and Well in ‘Papi Chulo’ (2018)

“Refuses to delve deeper than the surface.” In sunny Los Angeles, Sean (Matt Bomer) is a conventionally attractive upper middle-class gay weather man, who has everything going for him until he has a mental breakdown on live television after a supposed breakup. His coworkers, Ash (Wendy McLendon-Covey) and Susan (D’Arcy Carden) are incredibly supportive; they…

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REVIEW: ‘Mickey and the Bear’ (2019) is More Than a Coming of Age Film

“A coming of age film for girls who had to grow up too fast.” In a country that claims to care so much for its war veterans, there are so few resources dedicated to their mental health and recovery, not to mention their economic status. Mickey Peck (Camila Marrone), the daughter and caretaker of Hank…

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LFF REVIEW: Marielle Heller’s ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood’ (2019) is Worthy of Being A Front-Runner for Awards

“It has been crafted into something unique between being moving and heartbreaking” Coming in as a British viewer, you would be excused for thinking that the emotional connection might be missing for Mr Rogers and his brand of family entertainment. While his show never really made its way from America to the UK, we certainly…

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REVIEW: The Unseen Horror of ‘The World Is Full Of Secrets’ Makes For A Chillingly Memorable Tale

“There’s something inherently dark about an activity associated with the fun and innocence of girlhood being transformed into such a disturbing event.”

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LFF REVIEW: “A sentimental piece about understanding childhood trauma” – ‘Honey Boy’ (2019)

“Honey Boy offers something more heartfelt and personal” When it was first announced Shia LaBeouf was to write and star in a film based around his own childhood experiences growing up within the studio system, I had a feeling something special was about to be created. Previously exploring his own legacy through an art project…

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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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REVIEW: “The Potential For Some Truly Dazzling Imagery Goes Somewhat Unfulfilled” – ‘Bunuel In The Labyrinth of the Turtles’

“For anyone with an interest in the life of Bunuel or the European surrealists of the early 20th century.” As a medium where almost anything can be depicted, animation seems like the perfect tool for surrealism, and as such has been utilised by filmmakers ranging from David Lynch to Hayao Miyazaki. Luis Bunuel, despite the…

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REVIEW: “An arrow perfectly aimed at the 1%” – ‘Ready or Not’ (2019)

★★★★ “Punchy political satire with captivating performances” If you think you know where Ready or Not is heading, look behind you and reload your antique hunting weapon, because you’ve got a long night ahead of you. Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett’s Ready or Not nudges the bounds of the horror-comedy genre to produce a laugh-out-loud…

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REVIEW: “Sixties Power That Holds Itself Back” – ‘Woodstock or Bust’ (2019)

★ ★ ★ “Rooted in sixties power but doesn’t quite fill its potential” It’s 1969. Flower power is all the rage and ideas of changing the world are all anyone can think about. That, and getting high. It’s here we meet Lorian (Willow Shields) and Meryl (Meg DeLacy), an ambitious duo who crave more than…

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