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BFI #LFF 2016: GLEASON Film Review

GLEASON Film

Frank, harrowing and incredibly heartbreaking, GLEASON tells the story of former football player Steve Gleason and his battle with ALS

Following its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, GLEASON makes its UK premiere at the 60th BFI London Film Festival.

GLEASON tells the story of former New Orleans Saints football player Steve Gleason and his battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a rare and incurable degenerative disease that slowly robs him of his motor functions inc...

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BFI #LFF 2016: ARRIVAL Film Review

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Denis Villeneuve delivers his biggest and best work to date with ARRIVAL

Following the superior SICARIO (2015), Denis Villeneuve returns to the big screen with his latest feature film ARRIVAL, marking his biggest and best work to date.

Based on Ted Chiang’s short story STORIES OF YOUR LIFE, ARRIVAL tells the story of linguistics professor Dr. Louise Banks (Amy Adams) who is recruited by the US military led by Colonel Weber (Forest Whitaker) to assist in translating alien communications...

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BFI #LFF 2016: QUEEN OF KATWE Film Review

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Walt Disney Pictures brings together an extraordinary cast for QUEEN OF KATWE, a remarkable true story about one girl’s grace and steely determination to create a better life for herself and her family.

Based on Tim Crothers’ book THE QUEEN OF KATWE: ONE GIRL’S TRIUMPHANT PATH TO BECOMING A CHESS CHAMPION and inspired by a true story, QUEEN OF KATWE tells the story of Phiona Mutesi, an illiterate girl from Uganda who pursues her dream of becoming a chess champion.

The story begins in 2007 w...

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BFI #LFF 2016: TROLLS Film Review

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Entertaining and likeable, TROLLS is a fairytale explosion of glitter, colour and trippy beats

Following the mediocre performance of KUNG FU PANDA 3, HOME and PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR (especially when you compare it to the box office success of Disney’s FROZEN or Universal’s DESPICABLE ME), DreamWorks Animation take a big-screen gamble on the candy coloured, crazy hair toy sensation of the 1960s in their latest family-friendly animated comedy.

TROLLS follows the story of two shock-headed tro...

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BFI #LFF 2016: MANCHESTER BY THE SEA Film Review

Casey Affleck in MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

Raw, emotional and utterly heart-breaking, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA is a devastating exploration of grief and redemption

Kenneth Lonergan’s highly-anticipated third film MANCHESTER BY THE SEA chronicles the effects of loss and grief in this devastating drama about one man’s painful return to his hometown.

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA follows the story of Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck), an anti-social outcast who works as a janitor in Boston...

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BFI #LFF 2016: LA LA LAND Film Review

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Damien Chazelle breathes new life into the Hollywood musical with the bright and playful LA LA LAND

At the tender age of 31, Damien Chazelle has already established himself as a visionary. After wowing audiences with the sensational WHIPLASH back in 2014, the young director continues to innovate and push the boundaries of music and storytelling with his latest film LA LA LAND.

Based on the classic Hollywood musicals of the 1940s and 50s, LA LA LAND tells the story of struggling jazz pianist ...

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BFI #LFF 2016: AMERICAN HONEY Film Review

AMERICAN HONEY Film

Raw, edgy but ultimately forgetful, AMERICAN HONEY is a coming-of-age film about the highs and low of youth and freedom

British director Andrea Arnold takes a glimpse into the spontaneity and rawness of life with her new coming-of-age film AMERICAN HONEY.

AMERICAN HONEY tells the story of troubled teenager Star (Sasha Lane) who runs away from a broken home to joins a traveling magazine sales crew...

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BFI #LFF 2016: A UNITED KINGDOM Film Review

A UNITED KINGDOM Film

Inspirational, touching and beautifully shot, A UNITED KINGDOM is a tale of love, honour and determination

Following the success of the 2013 British period drama BELLE, director Amma Asante makes a welcome returns to the genre of historical romance with her third feature A UNITED KINGDOM.

Based on a true story, A UNITED KINGDOM tells the tale of Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo), the Prince of Bechuanaland who causes an international stir when he marries Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), a British whi...

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Manchester Film Festival Opening Gala Night Switches Venue Due To Ticket Demand

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Venue changes from HOME to AMC Manchester due to pre-sale ticket demand

The Manchester Film Festival has been forced to change venues for its red carpet opening gala night due to pre-sale ticket demand.

The opening night gala was scheduled to take place at the new HOME venue on Thursday 3 March but demand for tickets has forced organisers to switch venues to the larger AMC Manchester at Great Northern.

“The response to pre ticket sales for Dennis Viollet – A United Man and also the presentati...

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BFI #LFF 2015: BROOKLYN Film Review

BROOKLYN

Intimate, romantic and visually stunning, BROOKLYN is a sure-fire contender for this year’s Academy Awards

John Crowley’s superb adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s novel BROOKLYN certainly caused a stir at the BFI London Film Festival when it made its gala premiere on 12 October and rightly so.

BROOKLYN tells the story of Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), a young girl who departs from her home in Ireland for the shores of New York City...

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