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Film Review: Involuntary

Film Review: Involuntary

When peer pressure gets mixed with alcohol, the Swedish summertime finds itself host to all manner of indiscretions in Ruben Östlund's Involuntary. But don't get too excited, because in real life that doesn't equal cheerleaders and hot tubs and table-dancing. In fact, as you might expect, reality is...

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Carlos the Jackal, the movie – reviewed

Carlos the Jackal, the movie – reviewed

Every generation thinks they've discovered sex, so the saying goes; the same probably applies to terrorism. Barely a month goes by now without someone trying to ignite a bomb hidden in their pants, but it's easy to forget that back in the 1970s there were numerous terrorist outrages too. Carlos tells the story of...

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The Mother of all Korean films?

The Mother of all Korean films?

Mother has been described as a thriller, a drama, a horror, a satire and a murder mystery - and in truth it is all of these things, with a little black humour thrown in for good measure. That's not to say this film doesn't know what it's trying to say. On the contrary, this latest offering from Korean...

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Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque) gives Serge Gainsbourg a heroic life

I went into Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque) knowing next to nothing about the man and came out knowing just a little more, but having fallen utterly in love with Serge and also with Paris and its old school sense of celebrity, which no longer exists. The film by Joann Sfar is an adaptation of a graphic novel...

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Largo Winch review

The comic book origins of Largo Winch are never far from the surface in this 2008 French film adaptation directed by Jérôme Salle of the best selling series of Belgian graphic novels. Even English-speaking audiences, to whom the original will mean little, cannot however avoid getting caught up in and...

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