Beautiful Something

2.5 out of 5 stars Good performances from a well cast ensemble elevate this from your average gay indie drama but the dreamy and at times steamy script cannot avoid the tendencies for films of this ilk to go a bit tangential and sometimes naval-gazingly abstract. Moreover, the neat and happy ending seems more fairytale […]

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Akron

2.5 out of 5 stars This film takes a refreshingly matter-of-fact approach to the main characters’ (homo)sexuality – which makes a nice contrast to the other film in my Sunday double bill: Some of My Best Friends Are… from 1971. While the total absence of any prejudice or homophobia in a film set in Ohio, […]

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The Pass

3 out of 5 stars (Opening Movie at the London Flare LGBT Festival 2016) A claustrophobic and stagey structure of 3 acts set in 3 different hotel rooms hints at its origin as a play and this film is a solid adaptation of a story that explores the price of fame and success via the […]

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The VVitch

2.5 out of 5 stars Thin on story and thick on atmospheric dread and foreboding, it is a great calling card for debut director-writer, Robert Eggers, for his economic and effective use of audio and visuals on a miniscule budget to achieve this. However the film is also low on scares and high on uneasy […]

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Goodnight, Mommy (Ich Seh, Ich Seh)

3 out of 5 stars Twins are inherently freaky (see: The Shining) but who knew the scariest and most twisted ones would come from Austria? In spite of some initial narrative improbabilities and an end of film reveal that I guessed correctly within the first 5 minutes, this is a tense and effective psychological thriller […]

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Hitchcock/Truffaut

3.5 out of 5 stars A (slightly rushed – or maybe I just couldn’t get enough) Cinematic Masterclass in 80 mins, this documentary provides both the background and an interesting analysis of what would become a Classic in Cinema Literature. If nothing else, it makes you want to revisit both Hitchcock’s films and Truffaut’s book […]

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Secret In Their Eyes

2.5 out of 5 stars Unnecessary no doubt, but going in with little memory of the original which I’ve seen and love, I also have to confess that this version isn’t a terrible film. With a little reminder from imdb, I wasn’t surprised that they Americanized it with sentimentality and a superfluous addendum to the […]

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Hail, Caesar!

3.5 out of 5 stars Unable to match the succinctness of my fellow Subtitled Friend’s review, I am taking the opposite approach and go long. While I was once again dazzled by Coen Brothers’ latest, I find it difficult to write something that befits the film because I was feeling so very conflicted. Knowing that […]

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