Category Film Reviews

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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Film Review: LOST & FOUND

LOST & FOUND © Siar A Rachas Muid Productions Ltd.

LOST & FOUND © Siar A Rachas Muid Productions Ltd.

Despite its disjointed narrative, LOST & FOUND is a light-hearted, likeable comedy with a strong ensemble cast

Following his debut feature film THE BOOK THAT WROTE ITSELF (1999) and WC (2007), Irish writer and director Liam O Mochain returns to the big screen with LOST & FOUND, a warm-hearted comedy drama about a lost and found office in an Irish train station.

Inspired by true stories, LOST & FOUND follows seven interconnecting short stories...

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Creating The Sound: Behind-The-Scenes of A STAR IS BORN

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born Film (2018)

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in A STAR IS BORN (2018) © Warner Bros.

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga discuss the creative process behind the music of A STAR IS BORN

Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut A STAR IS BORN finally hits UK cinemas tomorrow, starring Lady Gaga in her first leading role in a major motion picture.

The new take on the tragic love story sees Cooper play seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who falls in love with struggling artist Ally (Gaga)...

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Film Review: A STAR IS BORN

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born Film (2018)

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in A STAR IS BORN (2018) © Warner Bros.

Lady Gaga triumphs in Bradley Cooper’s A STAR IS BORN, proving there is still plenty of life left in this timeless tale of fame, addiction and sacrifice

The fact that Bradley Cooper chose to remake A STAR IS BORN for his directorial debut is an interesting choice. Remakes can be a tricky business, in most cases offering nothing new and often becoming a shadow of the originals...

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Film Review: DUSTY AND ME

Luke Newberry and Ben Batt in Dusty and Me (2016)

Luke Newberry as Dusty and Ben Batt as Little Eddie in DUSTY AND ME.

Funny, light-hearted and deliciously heart-warming, DUSTY AND ME is an endearing coming-of-age tale about the bond between a boy and his dog

After a decade-long hiatus, award-winning director Betsan Morris Evans makes a welcome return to the big screen with family comedy DUSTY AND ME, a heart-warming tale about a boy and his dog.

Set in 1970s Yorkshire, DUSTY AND ME tells the tale of Derek ‘Dusty’ Springfield (Luke Newberry), a...

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Film Review: ANCHOR AND HOPE

Natalia Tena, David Verdaguer, and Oona Chaplin in Anchor and Hope (2017)

Natalia Tena, David Verdaguer and Oona Chaplin in ANCHOR AND HOPE (2017)

Smart and funny, ANCHOR AND HOPE is a bittersweet story about love, life and longing

Following the success of his first feature film 10,000 KM, Carlos Marques-Marcet returns to the big screen with ANCHOR AND HOPE, a bittersweet story about love, life and longing.

ANCHOR AND HOPE tells the story of lesbian couple Eva (Oona Chaplin) and Kat (Natalia Tena) whose relationship is put under strain when Kat’s close friend Roger (D...

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Film Review: A SIMPLE FAVOUR

Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively in A SIMPLE FAVOUR (2018)

Anna Kendrick as Stephanie and Blake Lively as Emily in A SIMPLE FAVOUR (2018)

Lavish, funny and a little deranged, Paul Feig’s A SIMPLE FAVOUR a jaunty mystery and a tart black comedy all rolled into one

Paul Feig may be best known for film comedies such as BRIDESMAIDS (2011), SPY (2015) and GHOSTBUSTERS (2016) but the director now tries his hand at the mystery drama genre with his latest film A SIMPLE FAVOUR.

Based on Darcey Bell’s 2017 novel, A SIMPLE FAVOUR opens with Stephanie Smothers (A...

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Film Review: LUCKY

Harry Dean Stanton in Lucky (2017) © Film Troope LLC

Harry Dean Stanton in LUCKY (2017) © Film Troope LLC

Harry Dean Stanton delivers a raw, honest and magnetic performance in John Carroll Lynch’s directorial debut LUCKY

To be honest, if it wasn’t for Harry Dean Stanton, I probably would have skipped the opportunity to review LUCKY. The synopsis for John Carroll Lynch’s directorial debut which follows the spiritual journey of a ninety-year-old atheist seemed like a bit of a tough watch...

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Film Review: KING OF THIEVES

Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtenay, Paul Whitehouse, and Ray Winstone in King of Thieves (2018)

Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtenay, Paul Whitehouse & Ray Winstone in KING OF THIEVES (2018) 

Despite its stellar cast, KING OF THIEVES’ weak script and thin characterisation frustrates rather than entertains

Following the release of THE HATTON GARDEN JOB starring Larry Lamb and Matthew Goode last year and talk of a new TV show, the daring Hatton Garden jewellery heist of 2015 is certainly getting its fair share of screen time...

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