Category Film Reviews

BFI #LFF 2018: THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER Film Review

Maggie Gyllenhaal and Parker Sevak in THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER

Maggie Gyllenhaal gives a career-best performance in THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER, a disturbing thriller which examines the fine line between nurture and obsession

The relationship between teacher and student seems to be a recurring theme at the BFI London Film Festival this year. Following Ursula Meier’s SHOCK WAVES: DIARY OF MY MIND which examines a teacher’s influence on her high school student, director Sara Colangelo takes it to another level in THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER, examining the fine l...

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BFI #LFF 2018: AFTER THE SCREAMING STOPS Film Review

Matt and Luke Goss in AFTER THE SCREAMING STOPS

Despite the odd awkward moment, AFTER THE SCREAMING STOPS is an intimate portrait of the Goss brothers

From Blondie and The Police to Erasure and New Kids on the Block, the number of 80s pop bands reuniting is certainly on the rise. So when British pop sensation Bros announced they were getting back together for a special comeback tour in 2017, it hardly seemed like big news.

During the late 1980s, Bros were one of the biggest bands in the world – for 15 minutes...

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BFI #LFF 2018: LIFE ITSELF Film Review

LIFE ITSELF Film

Dan Fogelman takes some bold storytelling risks with LIFE ITSELF, a multi-layered drama about the heartrending complexities of life

Fans of hit US TV series THIS IS US will already know creator Dan Fogelman has a knack for producing emotional, multi-character drama. With LIFE ITSELF, Fogelman delivers his most expansive exploration yet with this multi-layered story about the heartrending complexities of life.

Told over five chapters, LIFE ITSELF follows Will (Oscar Isaac) and Abby (Olivia Wild...

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BFI #LFF 2018: THE LITTLE DRUMMER GIRL Review

THE LITTLE DRUMMER GIRL

Tense, thrilling and thought-provoking, THE LITTLE DRUMMER GIRL is a classic John le Carré tale of an everyday person being sucked into the shadowy world of espionage

Park Chan-wook’s stylistic mastery meets John le Carré’s espionage twists in THE LITTLE DRUMMER GIRL, a thrilling new TV series from the makers of THE NIGHT MANAGER.

When Charlie (Florence Pugh), a brilliant and beautiful young English actress, finds herself drawn to a mysterious stranger on a Greek beach (Alexander Skarsgår...

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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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