Film Reviews

How to Make Money Selling Drugs – review

How to Make Money Selling Drugs – review

If there’s ever going to be a fairly bold concept for a documentary, it’s one that will detail exactly what you need to do to go from hawking drugs on the street to becoming the leader of a cartel. Amazingly, this film exists, and it’s called How to Make Money Selling Drugs. At first, you’d be forgiven...

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Jaywick Escapes – Review

Jaywick Escapes – Review

Possibly Essex isn't the first place you would think of in a list of the most deprived places in Britain. Nor is it a county that is commonly thought of in the most beautiful places in the UK. These extremes are found side by side in the small seaside town of Jaywick. In 2010 the town was rated as the...

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Child’s Pose – review

Child’s Pose – review

The stranglehold of bureaucracy is a big issue in Romania. If the president, Traian Basescu, has said the country's 'huge bureaucracy' has prevented it from using EU funds, things really must be bad. In Child's Pose, a mother is determined to extricate her son from the legal fallout of a fatal car crash, before...

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Day of the Flowers – Review

Day of the Flowers – Review

Amongst the world's more romantic spots, Cuba is at the neglected end of the scale. Now one of the world's best-known Cubans is making the most of this attractive quality for his first full feature film, Day of the Flowers. Carlos Acosta is one of the most masterful ballet dancers of the previous few...

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Saving Santa – Review

Saving Santa – Review

If cheery singing elves and a talking reindeer can’t get you in the Christmas spirit, then nothing will. Saving Santa combines cheesy songs with a simple storyline, all wrapped up with Christmas cheer making for a truly festive family film. Bernard (voiced by Martin Freeman) is a round-stomached,...

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Jeune et Jolie – Review

Jeune et Jolie – Review

Of the many issues that are guaranteed to get the British media in a fluster, things that are teen-sex related, do get the needles on the moral-panic-o-meter flailing wildly into red. François Ozon's new film wades straight into this danger zone with radioactive pants on.   Following close on...

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Rise, rise! Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer – Review

Rise, rise! Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer – Review

I like documentaries because I feel like I emerge afterwards more educated than I was when I went in. For that reason, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer is essential viewing. Pussy Riot are a three-woman feminist punk band, and also a political movement. Arrested in 2012 for a vocal protest in Moscow, one of them...

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Nobody’s Daughter Haewon – Review

Nobody’s Daughter Haewon – Review

It all seems so simple at first. But look a bit harder, and Nobody's Daughter Haewon reveals depths. Hong Sang-soo's new film begins on the day that university student Haewon (Jeong Eun-Chae) spends time with her mother (Kim Ja-ok) before her parent emigrates to Canada. After this farewell, Haewon...

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The Alternative Comedy Experience: Season One – Review

The Alternative Comedy Experience: Season One – Review

Ah, Stewart Lee. King of British alternative comedy. Now, interviewer and presenter of interesting alt-comic performances. The Alternative Comedy Experience is a great concept, but I feel like its execution, from an editing standpoint, is flawed. Multiple comedians, each performance sliced and diced and spread...

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Dirty Wars – Review

Dirty Wars – Review

The last ten years have possibly been an incredibly fertile period for political documentaries. This trend continues with Jeremy Scahill and Richard Rowley's new film Dirty Wars which looks at the continuing brutal impact of the ongoing War on Terror. Considering President Obama has sought to distance...

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