Category Film Reviews

BFI #LFF 2018: THE FRONT RUNNER Film Review

Hugh Jackman in THE FRONT RUNNER

Jason Reitman’s THE FRONT RUNNER boasts all the ingredients you need from a pulsing political drama but ultimately leaves you with more questions than answers

In today’s modern age, a sex scandal involving a politician seems so common that it hardly makes front page news. Back in the 1980s however, it was a different story. Not because the politicians weren’t having extramarital affairs, but because the media never reported them… or at least they didn’t until U.S. Senator Gary Hart.

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BFI #LFF 2018: KEEP GOING (CONTINUER) Film Review

KEEP GOING Film

Director Joachim Lafosse returns to the themes of his previous films with the psychological western KEEP GOING

A mother-son journey into the high country turns into a treacherous psychological trek in Joachim Lafosse’s latest feature KEEP GOING.

Based on the novel by Laurent Mauvignier, KEEP GOING follows 30-something mom Sybille (Virginie Efira) and her adult son Samuel (Kacey Mottet-Klein) as they trek into the unknown expanses of Kyrgyzstan...

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BFI #LFF 2018: THAT TIME OF YEAR (DEN TID PÅ ÅRET) Film Review

Film Still from THAT TIME OF YEAR

Danish Actor and Director Paprika Steen effectively captures a family’s ability to bring out the worst in each other in THAT TIME OF YEAR

Danish Actor and Director Paprika Steen serves up a delectably funny slice of Christmas cheer in her latest foray behind the camera, THAT TIME OF YEAR.

Taking place over a 24 hour period, THAT TIME OF YEAR follows stressed-out 40-something Katrine (Paprika Steen) and her husband Mads (Jacob Lohmann) as they prepare for their annual festive family celebratio...

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BFI #LFF 2018: THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT Film Review

THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT

Despite its fascinating performances, THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT never really finds the urgency it needs to become the fast, funny and topical technological caper it should be

Canadian filmmaker Kim Nguyen exposes the ruthlessness of our increasingly digital world in his latest film THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT.

Tired of merely working for the system, Wall Street trader Vincent (Jesse Eisenberg) and his computer-genius cousin Anton (Alexander Skarsgård) decide to quit their day jobs and do the impossi...

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BFI #LFF 2018: AMRA AND THE SECOND MARRIAGE Film Review

Alshaima’a Tayeb in AMRA AND THE SECOND MARRIAGE

Blending dark comedy with irony and wit, AMRA AND THE SECOND MARRIAGE exposes conflicted Saudi mores in this radical Saudi Arabian black comedy

Following the success of his debut film BARAKAH MEETS BARAKAH in 2016, Saudi filmmaker Mahmoud Sabbagh makes a welcome return to the big screen with his second feature, AMRA AND THE SECOND MARRIAGE.

The 91-minute comedy tells the story of a 44-year-old housewife Amra who toils hard on an ever-tightening budget to provide for her three daughters and aili...

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BFI #LFF 2018: BEAUTIFUL BOY Film Review

Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet in BEAUTIFUL BOY

BEAUTIFUL BOY into is a powerful and moving account of a father and son’s struggle with addiction and its tragic consequences

Felix Van Groeningen takes a unique perspective on drug addiction in his English-language debut by shifting the focus from the addict to the family in BEAUTIFUL BOY.

David Sheff (Steve Carell) has a life many would envy: a beautiful older teenage son Nic (Timothée Chalamet) to whom he is close; two younger children from his happy second marriage to artist Karen (Maura ...

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BFI #LFF 2018: LAST CHILD Film Review

Kim Yeo-Jin and Seong Yu-bin in LAST CHILD

Shin Dong-Seok makes an impressive and understated debut with LAST CHILD, an emotionally wrenching family drama about loss and heartbreak

South Korean writer-director Shin Dong-Seok tackles a multitude of weighty themes in his impressive and understated feature debut LAST CHILD, an emotionally wrenching family drama about dealing with loss and heartbreak.

Six months after the death of their teenage son Eunchan, Misook (Kim Yeo-jin) and Sungcheol (Choi Moo-Seong) are still attempting to come to...

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Film Review: IL POSTINO

IL POSTINO

IL POSTINO’s balanced pacing and eye-catching cinematography make it a pleasure on the eye, while its charming and captivating script captures the heart

To my shame, I must admit that I wasn’t familiar with Michael Radford’s 1994 film IL POSTINO when the press release landed on my desk. Despite winning an Oscar, as well as several BAFTAs and a multitude of international awards, the foreign language film just seemed to have slipped through my net...

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BFI #LFF 2018: SHOCK WAVES – DIARY OF MY MIND (ONDES DE CHOC – JOURNAL DE MA TÊTE) Film Review

SHOCK WAVES - DIARY OF MY MIND

Ursula Meier’s searingly complex SHOCK WAVES: DIARY OF MY MIND is a fiercely intelligent piece of work that lingers long in the mind

It is often said that a teacher’s job to inspire their pupils. But what happens when a pupil claims to be “inspired” to commit a crime? Ursula Meier’s searingly complex SHOCK WAVES: DIARY OF MY MIND explores that very scenario in her dramatization of a real-life crime.

Set in 2009, SHOCK WAVES: DIARY OF MY MIND opens with high school student Benjamin Fel...

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BFI #LFF 2018: NAMDEV BHAU IN SEARCH OF SILENCE Film Review

NAMDEV BHAU IN SEARCH OF SILENCE Film

In her second outing behind the camera, Dar Gai delivers a film that is as visually striking as it is affecting with NAMDEV BHAU IN SEARCH OF SILENCE

From the opening scene of NAMDEV BHAU IN SEARCH OF SILENCE, it’s easy to see why Namdev Bhau craves silence. Driven mad by the never-ending jabbering of his family, the endless berating from his employer and the constant noise of Mumbai City, the 65-year-old chauffeur is at the end of his career and the end of his wits.

Desperate to escape, Nam...

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