Category Film Reviews

Intricate, profound and incredibly moving, Lino Escalera goes straight for the heart in her compelling debut CAN’T SAY GOODBYE

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Lino Escalera delivers a compelling, thought-provoking and deeply moving debut CAN’T SAY GOODBYE

Lino Escalera goes straight for the heart in her compelling debut CAN’T SAY GOODBYE, a yielding family drama about two daughters struggling to come to terms with their father’s impending death.

CAN’T SAY GOODBYE tells the story of Carla, a self-destructive woman, who receives an unexpected call from her sister Blanca...

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Film Review: DAMASCUS COVER – #MANIFF2018

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays Israeli spy Ari Ben-Zion with depth and skill in Daniel Zelik Berk’s political thriller DAMASCUS COVER

A spy navigates the precarious terrain of love and survival in Daniel Zelik Berk’s new film DAMASCUS COVER, a political thriller set in Syria.

Based on the best-selling 1977 novel by Howard Kaplan, DAMASCUS COVER tells the story of Ari Ben-Zion (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), an Israeli spy who is recalled to Jerusalem after a failed attempt to bring a mole back to Israe...

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BECOMING ICONIC Film Review: Jonathan Baker’s documentary fails to live up to its initial promise

Jonathan Baker and Nicolas Cage in BECOMING ICONIC

Despite its intriguing concept, BECOMING ICONIC fails to live up to its initial promise

It is often said that if you want to be successful, copy those who have come before you. That’s the premise behind Jonathan Baker’s new documentary BECOMING ICONIC.

Exploring the perilous process of filmmaking through the eyes of some of Hollywood’s most iconic directors, BECOMING ICONIC sees Jodie Foster (LITTLE MAN TATE), Taylor Hackford (RAY, AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN), Adrian Lyne (FATAL ATTRACTION...

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Film Review: POISONING PARADISE – #MANIFF2018

Pesticide Poisoning in POISONING PARADISE documentary

Pesticide poisoning on the seemingly idyllic island of Hawaii takes centre focus in new documentary POISONING PARADISE

With The Beast From The East and Storm Emma currently battling most of the UK, it’s easy to see why Hawaii is on the bucket list for most. But behind this seemingly idyllic world of sun, sea and sand is a serious environmental issue affecting the island and its residents, one in which groundbreaking documentary POISONING PARADISE hopes to highlight.

Focusing on the Hawaiian...

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TALKING WITH ANGELS, CONTRACTOR 014352, THE PAST WE LIVE IN and MOVING VIOLATION compete in the short film category at the 2018 Manchester Film Festival

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TALKING WITH ANGELS, CONTRACTOR 014352, THE PAST WE LIVE IN and MOVING VIOLATION compete in the short film category at the 2018 Manchester Film Festival

Science fiction, war and comedy collide in Shorts Session 3 at the 2018 Manchester Film Festival.

Nick Wild brings together a talented northern cast in his comedy short TALKING WITH ANGELS while real and imaginary worlds collide in Simon Ryninks psychedelic short CONTRACTOR 014352...

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Charming and funny, Eric Capitaine's debut feature film LOVE IS DEAD brings humour and warmth to the dreaded 'break-up'

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Charming and funny, Eric Capitaine’s debut feature film LOVE IS DEAD brings humour and warmth to the dreaded ‘break-up’

There are many dating clubs, so why not breaking clubs? That is the concept behind Eric Capitaine’s first feature film LOVE IS DEAD, a quirky rom-com about the unavoidable part of any relationship – the break-up.

LOVE IS DEAD tells the story of Mathias Lonisse, a young entrepreneur and proud founder of ‘Love is Dead’, a company which specialises in relationship break-ups...

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Film Review: GAME NIGHT

Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Lamorne Morris, Billy Magnussen, and Kylie Bunbury in Game Night (2018)

Fresh, funny and playful, GAME NIGHT is a crime-comedy hybrid well worth playing along with

With comedies like HORRIBLE BOSSES (2011), HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 (2014) and VACATION (2015) to their name, I’ll admit that I wasn’t really looking forward to John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein’s new film GAME NIGHT. Don’t get me wrong, the pair are clearly talented filmmakers but their particular brand of ‘daft’ comedy isn’t usually my cup of tea… or is it?

GAME NIGHT tells the story o...

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Margot Robbie shines as disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding in Craig Gillespie's darkly comic biopic I, TONYA

Margot Robbie in I, TONYA

Margot Robbie shines as disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding in Craig Gillespie’s darkly comic biopic

Like Margot Robbie, I’d never heard of Tonya Harding before I, TONYA but I certainly won’t forget her in a hurry. The former champion figure skater certainly has an interesting story to tell, so interesting in fact that you’d be forgiven for thinking its fiction.

I,TONYA tells the life story of Harding (Robbie), from her introduction into ice skating at age four to her rise amongst the r...

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Film Review: THE COMMUTER

Liam Neeson and Vera Farmiga in THE COMMUTER

Jaume Collet-Serra formulaic thriller THE COMMUTER boasts enough twists and turns to keep you entertained

Following NON-STOP in 2014 and RUN ALL NIGHT in 2015, Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra returns with his third instalment in his planes, trains and automobile action trilogy, THE COMMUTER.

THE COMMUTER follows Michael MacCauley (Liam Neeson), an insurance salesman who takes the train every day into the city for work...

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Despite its initial promise, DOWNSIZING ultimately fails to leave a lasting impression

Matt Damon, Jason Sudeikis, Maribeth Monroe, and Kristen Wiig in Downsizing (2017)

Despite its intriguing concept and initial promise, DOWNSIZING ultimately fails to leave a lasting impression

With the average population increasing at estimated an 83 million people per year, overpopulation remains a serious threat to the future of mankind. But what if, instead of attempting to reduce the number of people, we literally reduced the people? This is the premise of Alexander Payne’s new film DOWNSIZING.

Payne’s first foray into science fiction tells the story Paul Safranek (Mat...

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