SUNDANCE REVIEW: “Funny yet thought-provoking” – Hail Satan? (2019)

The question mark seems apt. “Hail Satan” isn’t particularly a phrase you here everyday and yet it is the slogan of The Satanic Temple. Recognised as a church, this observational documentary follows the non-theistic religious group, led into the dynamics of the organisation by leader: Lucien Greaves. Centring on engagement with political activism, particularly in…

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SUNDANCE REVIEW:”A Glossy, Well Put Together Comedy” – Late Night (2019)

Late Night is a glossy, well put together comedy, but it’s slick Hollywood outer shell shouldn’t be mistaken for conventionality. Mindy Kaling’s signature quirky humour, and the underlying commentary about minorities working in the entertainment industry, keep the film fresh and relevant. Emma Thompson plays Katherine Newbury, the host of a late night talk show…

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SUNDANCE REVIEW: “Almost Too Beautiful To Be Real” – ‘Apollo 11’ (2019)

“One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Perhaps one of the most famous phrases ever said by a human. Apollo 11 puts this iconic moment into context; mapping the journey to the moon using audio and footage that had been stored in the NASA vaults until now.

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SUNDANCE REVIEW: “A Story Told With Complete Honesty” – ‘The Farewell’ (2019)

Billi (Awkwafina), a young Chinese-American woman living in New York, finds out that her beloved Nai Nai (Shuzhen Zhao) is dying of cancer back in China, and that her family has chosen to keep the woman in the dark about her condition. To give the family an excuse to spend time with their grandmother before…

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SUNDANCE REVIEW:”Never Left Satisfyingly Avenged” – ‘The Nightingale’ (2019)

I am writing this review as a way to express some very pent up emotions that director Jennifer Kent’s latest film has thrust upon me. The Babadook has grown to be a modern horror favourite among film fans and I certainly felt strongly about how it was able to portray grief in a nuanced way.…

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