Category: Review

Chappaquiddick – a quick review

Chappaquiddick – a quick review

There are some spoilers in this brief review of Chappaquiddick, so see the film first if that bothers you. The latest film from director John Curran (The Painted Veil, Tracks), Chappaquiddick, covers the 1969 incident that haunted  U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy’s life and career. It is a story that has been well documented. A tragedy…

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Loveless

Loveless

Loveless, the latest from Russian filmmaker Andrey Zvyagintsev, is a beautiful and bleak film. Set in the suburban high-rises of Moscow, divorcing couple, Zhenya (Maryana Spivak) and Boris (Aleksey Rozin), loath each other but are continuing to share a roof until they can sell their apartment. Also living with them, and barely tolerated by Zhenya…

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The Death of Stalin

The Death of Stalin

Armando Iannucci is probably best known on both sides of the Atlantic for his political satires VEEP and The Thick of It. This time he turns his particular brand of comedy to an historical subject, not without contemporary relevance, in The Death of Stalin. Based on a graphic novel by the same name, this story…

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Annihilation

Annihilation

Last week Netflix released Alex Garland’s latest film, Annihilation, a much anticipated (by me, at least) adaptation of the Jeff VanderMeer book by the same name. Garland has created a sophisticated, cinematic science fiction story that exemplifies everything a really good sci fi should do. It explores contemporary ideas, drawing on big philosophical concepts, while…

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Call Me By Your Name

Call Me By Your Name

Call Me By Your Name, like all Luca Guadagnino’s films, is mesmerizingly beautiful. The films he is most famous for, I Am Love, A Bigger Splash and now this one, have all been about different aspects of love and desire. Call Me By Your Name explores the transformative power of love, the intoxication of falling…

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