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BFI #LFF 2021: LANGUAGE LESSONS Film Review

Natalie Morales in Language Lessons (2021)

Playing out entirely through phone and laptop screens, LANGUAGE LESSONS is a funny and heart-warming depiction of love and friendship in a virtually connected world.

4 out of 5 stars

After over 18 months of Zoom calls, Skype chats and virtual meetups, you’d be given for thinking that a film shot during the COVID-19 lockdown on phones and video calls isn’t top of your wish list...

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BFI #LFF 2021: White Building (BODENG SAR) Film Review

Piseth Chhun in WHITE BUILDING (2021)

Piseth Chhun in WHITE BUILDING (2021). © Anti-Archive / Apsara Films

Kavich Neang’s returns to the big screen with his fictional debut WHITE BUILDING, a slow-cinema eulogy about Cambodia’s present and recent past

3.5 out of 5 stars

Following his acclaimed documentary LAST NIGHT I SAW YOU SMILING, Kavich Neang’s returns to the big screen with his fictional debut WHITE BUILDING, a slow-cinema eulogy about Cambodia’s present and recent past.

20-year-old Samnang (Piseth Chhun) lives with his family in the majestic W...

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BFI #LFF 2021: MONEY HAS FOUR LEGS Film Review

MONEY HAS FOUR LEGS Production Still

Despite struggles with its structure, MONEY HAS FOUR LEGS pays homage to Myanmar’s rich history of cinema and its struggle with censorship.

3 out of 5 stars

Last year marked the centenary of Burmese cinema, but many believe its golden days are long over. Dictatorship, corruption, and strict censorship threaten to stifle the creativity of struggling Burmese filmmakers, as Maung Sun’s feature debut MONEY HAS FOUR LEGS attempts to demonstrate.

Set in the post-military world of Myanmar, MONEY HAS FOUR LEGS follows...

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BFI #LFF 2015: THE PROGRAM Review

THE PROGRAM

Stephen Frears directs THE PROGRAM, a biographical drama about infamous pro cyclist Lance Armstrong

Two years after MUHAMMAD ALI’S GREATEST FIGHT (2013), director Stephen Frears returns to the world of sport with his latest film, THE PROGRAM, a biographical drama about infamous pro cyclist Lance Armstrong who came back from testicular cancer to win the Tour de France seven times before finally confessing to using performance-enhancing drugs.

The film kicks off in early 1990s with young cyclis...

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BFI #LFF 2015: HIGH-RISE Review

HIGH RISE Tom Hiddleston (2)

Modern, edgy and deliciously dark, Ben Wheatley meets JG Ballard head-on in this savage and utterly brilliant adaption

As a fan of JG Ballard’s classic novel, I had high expectations for Ben Wheatley’s highly-anticipated adaptation of HIGH-RISE. Ballard’s cautionary tale of dystopia and societal collapse has taken nearly 40 years to make it to big screen. Thankfully, it was worth the wait.

Set in 1975, HIGH-RISE tells the story of Dr...

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Film Review: The Imitation Game

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Benedict Cumberbatch brings British mathematician Alan Turing to life in The Imitation Game

60 years after his tragic death in 1954, codebreaker Alan Turing’s extraordinary story is finally being told to the world in The Imitation Game, a stunning new historical thriller starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Kiera Knightey.

To coincide with its European premiere at the 58th BFI London Film Festival, I was treated to an exclusive sneak preview of the most eagerly anticipated film of the year, and ...

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