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The Reluctant Fundamentalist – Review

The Reluctant Fundamentalist – Review

Mohsin Hamid's novel, The Reluctant Fundamentalist was a global bestseller. Mira Nair's adaptation has not become a phenomenon in the same way, despite being an improvement on the book. The book took the form of the "fundamentalist" addressing the reader as if he/she were an American who has followed...

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Spring Breakers – Review

Spring Breakers – Review

“My name’s Alien, my real name’s Al – but truf be told, I’m not from this planet y’all” – so claims James Franco’s corn-roed gangster in Harmony Korine’s latest cinematic offering. It’s a description that might more appropriately be anchored to the film itself. Spring Breakers...

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Blood Simple – Review

Blood Simple – Review

After almost 20 years making films together, it is good to remember just how powerful the Coen Brothers first film was. Their directing-producing partnership began with Blood Simple, a debut as stark as a punch to the gut. Despite being their first film, it already contains many of the Coens' famous...

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Arbitrage – Review

Arbitrage – Review

Where has Richard Gere been recently? He's been off looking after Hachi the Dog, doing the razzle dazzle in Chicago and hopping the freight train as a Billy the Kid/Bob Dylan in I'm Not There. Well, now he's back in town as the Robert Miller, billionaire, husband, father and man standing on the brink of...

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Beasts of the Southern Wild – Review

Beasts of the Southern Wild – Review

Wild is truly what this this film is. A luscious journey into the untrammelled imagination of a 5-year-old girl who lives with her dad on the very fringes of American society; their home is on an island off the coast of Louisiana. Over the course of the movie we learn that the south east of the USA is every bit...

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Electrick Children – Review

Electrick Children – Review

Electrick Children is a modern-day fairytale which blends religious fundamentalism with rock'n'roll hedonism, perhaps not seamlessly, but rather enjoyably all the same. Rachel, played by Julia Garner, lives within a strict Mormon community - even tape players are prohibited, except for religious...

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Indie Game: The Movie: The Review

Indie Game: The Movie: The Review

It's difficult, as a gamer, not to get excited about a documentary about videogames, and specifically, the world of indie game development. It's also easy to be disappointed. To be excited for something is to generate an aura of hype around it that will fail to dissipate on the day that you can finally...

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She Monkeys – Review

She Monkeys – Review

Two teenage girls find friendship, rivalry, and possibly something more, in the competitive world of horse vaulting. These are two of the playful, selfish, maddening she-monkeys that give this obscure Swedish film its name. Emma (Mathilda Paradeiser) joins an equestrian vaulting team where she meets...

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Absent – Review

Absent – Review

Towards the end of Marco Berger's Absent (Ausente) one of the characters remarks that she has been reading a book that has too many 'gaps' in it, which have been included to leave room for the reader's interpretation. She doesn't know if she'd recommend the book, but we're happy to do so for this...

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Wild Bill – Review

Wild Bill – Review

Topical and entertaining, Dexter Fletcher's directorial début, Wild Bill is an independent film that appears rough around the edges, but has a lot of heart. Fletcher's name holds a lot of respect in the British film industry. He is an actor with an immense amount of big and small screen experience,...

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