BFI #LFF 200 METERS Film Review

Ali Suliman in 200 Meters (2020)

Despite some questionable plot devices, Ameen Nayfeh’s 200 METERS is a tense and emotional drama about the human implications of separation

3.5 out of 5 stars

Israel’s controversial West Bank barrier is at the centre of Ameen Nayfeh’s feature debut 200 METERS, a humanistic drama about a Palestinian father trapped on one side of the wall when a family emergency calls him to the other.

Every night, Mustafa (Ali Suliman) says goodnight to his children by flashlight, signalling across the 200 metres that keep them...

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BFI #LFF 2020: FAREWELL AMOR Film Review

Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine in Farewell Amor (2020)

Quiet, sensitive and thought-provoking, FAREWELL AMOR is an affecting feature debut from promising Tanzanian-American filmmaker Ekwa Msangi

4 out of 5 stars

Migration, memory and the importance of home are deftly explored in Ekwa Msangi’s affecting feature debut, FAREWELL AMOR, a thought-provoking drama about a New York-based Angolan man who finally reunited with his family.

As Walter (Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine) reaches out to hug his daughter Sylvia (Jayme Lawson) and her mother Esther (Zainab Jah) at JFK air...

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BFI #LFF 2020: HONEYMOOD Film Review

 Ran Danker and Avigail Harari in Honeymood (2020)

While some of the comedy falls a little flat, Talya Lavie’s tough and empathetic take on romantic foibles in HONEYMOOD smartly subverts the typical “happily ever after” ending

3 out of 5 stars

Fresh from the success of her debut feature ZERO MOTIVATION, which won Best Film at the Tribeca Film Festival along with six Israeli Academy Awards, Director and Screenwriter Talya Lavie is back at the BFI London Film Festival with her new romantic comedy, HONEYMOOD.

Arriving at their lavish honeymoon suite on thei...

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BFI #LFF 2020: HERSELF Film Review

Sandra Dunne and the cast of HERSELF (2020)

Intimate, timely and empowering, Phyllida Lloyd’s latest film HERSELF is one of the strongest films of the BFI London Film Festival so far

4 out of 5 stars

Phyllida Lloyd’s latest film HERSELF may not get the big-screen attention her previous work MAMMA MIA! or THE IRON LADY did, but this new British-Irish hope drama more than deserves its place in the spotlight thanks to its stirring script and superb lead performance from co-collaborator Clare Dunne.

HERSELF tells the story of Sandra Kelly (Clare Dunne)...

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TENET Film Review

John David Washington and Elizabeth Debicki in Tenet (2020)

TENET is a no-expense-spared, huge spectacle of a movie but its plot is so rich with complexities and nuances that it becomes indecipherable at times

4 out of 5 stars

It’s fair to say that every time Christopher Nolan makes a movie, it’s an event...

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TRICK OR TREAT Film Review

Trick or Treat Film

Best-made plans don’t quite turn out as expected in TRICK OR TREAT, an interesting story of male mental health, brotherly trust and escapism

4.5 out of 5 stars

Released on Amazon, Sky & iTunes, TRICK OR TREAT is an independent new British film with a brilliant cast of well-known faces and has picked up awards at international film festivals.

Starring Kris Marhsall ( LOVE ACTUALLY); Hugo Speer (THE FULL MONTY); Jason Flemyng ( LOCK STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS); and Frances Barber (MISTER HOLMES)...

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Theatre Review: BACK TO THE FUTURE THE MUSICAL – Opera House, Manchester

Olly Dobson as Marty McFly and Roger Bart as Doc Brown in BACK TO THE FUTURE

Olly Dobson (Marty McFly) & Roger Bart (Doc Brown) in BACK TO THE FUTURE. Photo: Sean Ebsowrth Barnes

Staying true to the original film with a few surprises here and there, BACK TO THE FUTURE THE MUSICAL is a near-perfect show

4.5 out of 5 stars

It’s easy to understand why many BACK TO THE FUTURE fans were initially dubious when creators Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis first announced they were bringing the cult classic to the big stage...

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Theatre Review: Birmingham Royal Ballet’s SWAN LAKE – The Lowry, Salford

Birmingham Royal Ballet's Swan Lake

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s lavish production of SWAN LAKE is as atmospheric as it is beautiful

5 out of 5 stars

Birmingham Royal Ballet make a welcome return to Salford’s The Lowry with a lavish revival of Peter Wright and Galina Samsova’s 1981 production of SWAN LAKE.

Composed by Tchaikovsky in 1875, SWAN LAKE tells the story of the doomed love between Prince Siegfried and Princess Odette...

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Theatre Review: THE LAST TEMPTATION OF BORIS JOHNSON – The Lowry, Salford

Will Barton as Boris Johnson in THE LAST TEMPTATION OF BORIS JOHNSON

Will Barton as Boris Johnson in THE LAST TEMPTATION OF BORIS JOHNSON. Photo Credit: Pamela Raith

Jonathan’s Maitland’s timely comedy THE LAST TEMPTATION OF BORIS JOHNSON has all the makings of a compelling political satire but soon runs out of steam

3 out of 5 stars

Jonathan Maitland’s timely comedy THE LAST TEMPTATION OF BORIS JOHNSON broke box office records during its run at London’s Park Theatre in spring last year...

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Theatre Review: A MONSTER CALLS – The Lowry, Salford

Ammar Duffus (Conor) and Keith Gilmore (Monster) in A MONSTER CALL.S

Ammar Duffus (Conor) and Keith Gilmore (Monster) in A MONSTER CALL.S Photo Credit: Manuel Harlan

Using performance art, music and movement, Sally Cookson brings to life Patrick Ness’ emotional, thought-provoking and inspiring bestseller A MONSTER CALLS to life on stage

4 out of 5 stars

I’ve never read Patrick Ness’ bestseller A MONSTER CALLS or seen the hit 2016 film starring Sigourney Weaver and Liam Neeson, so when Sally Cookson’s critically acclaimed stage adaptation announced it was heading out on a ne...

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