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Gone Girl

REVIEW: Gone Girl - a modern way to kill a marriage:

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★★★★☆

Dir: David Fincher

(2014)

Fincher returns after his worst effort to date (2011’s almost unwanted version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) with one of his best; A cynical, obsessive, darkly complex and nuanced examination of what is, in essence the story of a failing marriage, filtered through a fantastical pulp chiller. There are many unmentionables in Gone Girl, a thriller based on Gill…

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The Tribe

Why THE TRIBE is the best film of the year:

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★★★★★

Dir: Miroslav Slaboshpitsky 

(2014)

The Tribe is a filmset within a viciously corrupt school for the deaf and contains no dialogue and no subtitles; A fact which is presented  in a disclaimer as starkly as the piracy warning which proceeds it, proudly and unapologetically. One can’t help think that the actual reason the warning exists is not to warn at all. Perhaps it’s only there incase…

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Not All Is Vigil (No Todo Es Vigilia)

REVIEW: Not All Is Vigil (No Todo Es Vigilia) - A touching film about life and the people on the edge of it…

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★★★

Dir: Hermes Paralluelo

(2014)

The Catalan Writer-director Hermes Paralluelo dropped this quiet and touching slice of aged life into the New Director’s section of this year’s San Sebastian Film Festival. It’s a film absolutely about life despite the spectre of death which hangs over the 80-year-old couple Felisa and Antonio; A couple who effortlessly fill the whole picture with a proud…

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The Equalizer

REVIEW: The Equalizer; Ultra violent and way off balance…

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Denzel Washington and Antoine Fuqua reunite for this violent and unsurprising update the classic Edward Woodward television series with neither a sense of wit nor a firm enough grasp on the cutting room scissors. We start a little Jean-Piere Melvillewith Robert McCall (Washington) an average joe; Working in a hardware store, reading classic novels in a Hopper like diner and befriending a local…

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The Battery

REVIEW: The Battery is a low budget triumph -

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★★★

Dir: Jeremy Gardner

(2014)

The Battery is something of a marvel. But taking into account this films budget, shot in 16 days for $6,000 on a Canon 5D Mk II it is truly an independent triumph. It’s the creator, writer, director and star Jeremy Gardner‘s first feature but at no point does this horror film smack of an amateur movie; It’s incredibly well shot given the limitations of the camera,…

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Frank

REVIEW: Frank - Oddball to a fault but a strangely unique ride…

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★★★

Dir: Lenny Abrahamson

(2014)

The intense darkness of What Richard Did is mostly left behind as Lenny Abrahamson and writer Peter Straughan mix the legend of Captain Beefheart‘s Trout Mask Replica recording sessions and the wonderful Jon Ronson story of his time as a keyboard player in Frank Sidebottom‘s Oh Blimey Big Band. The result is as bonkers as its ingredients cultish independent…

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REVIEW: Stephanie in the Water - 7 years in the making…

★★★☆☆ Dir: Ava Warwick (2014) This short and sweet documentary, focused on one of the greatest surfers of all time, may play out within a single sporting world but it’s ideas and philosophy ran wild beyond its borders.

The Rover

REVIEW: The Rover - A violent and gritty future western…

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★★★

Dir: David Michôd

(2014)

David Michôd‘s second feature (after the blistering Animal Kingdom)is a future set Australian western “10 years after the collapse” which unfolds in the harsh outback as a fierce drifter chases down a group of criminals who have taken his car. Guy Pierce puts in a brooding performance as the The Rover who picks up a wounded man named Rey (a mumbling but impressive

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The Borderlands

REVIEW: The Borderlands - ★★★★☆ - A funny and (in the end) terrifying FFF…

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★★★

Dir: Elliot Goldner

(2013)

This passed over horror gem from last year is a genuinely rattling found footage effort which blends a Peep Show inspired POV flavour of comedy and chemistry with the most visceral elements of The Blair Witch Project. Elliot Goldner puts us in a cottage in the hills with an alcoholic and godly Gordon Kennedy and techie wizz-kid Robin Hill, both on orders from…

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Lucy

REVIEW: Lucy - ★★★☆☆

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★★★☆☆

Dir: Luc Besson

(2014)

Luc Besson takes Nikita into 2013 by way of last year’s limitless with a rather great Scarlett Johansson as an partying American in Taipei who has an unfortunate run it with some Korean drug dealers. A delirious ride ensues when poor Lucyis forced to carry a bag of performance enhancing drugs in her stomach when the little pouch of goodness bursts inside, releasing an…

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Welcome to New York

REVIEW - Gérard Depardieu grunts and slimes his way through Abel Ferrara’s intense Welcome to New York…

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★★★

Dir: Abel Ferrara

(2013)

Pusher of the darkest cinematic material in the great city of New York, Abel Ferrara is once again scraping the bottom of a barrel marked “depravity” with this extraordinary tale of a sex addicted banker with political aspirations. Based on the trail of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, at the time the head of the IMF, who sexually assaulted a chamber maid in a glitzy New…

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REVIEW: Favreau plates up a sweet little dish with CHEF -

★★★☆☆ Dir: Jon Favreau (2014) Jon Favreau takes some time off from billion dollar superhero movies and space cowboys to get back to his indie roots with this sweet little film about a down but not out chef who also feels the urge to get back to what made him.

Life Itself

REVIEW - Life Itself - A touching doc on a great critic and a great man…

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★★★★☆

Dir: Steve James

(2014)

“He is a nice guy… but he’s not that nice” states one of Roger Ebert‘s closest friends in Steve James‘ touching documentary of the life and death of one of the most famous writers and consumers of film in history. His tumultuous relationship with rival and pal Gene Siskel, the films he loved, the pains of his final days and the family, friends and film makers who…

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