Sorcerer (1977) ⭐⭐⭐

Obliterated at the box office by a little indie called Star Wars released that same summer in ’77, William Friedkin’s remake of The Wages of Fear is considered a lost gem by many. On paper, the director of The Exorcist and The French Connection films seems perfect for the job and it isn’t hard to […]

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Murder on the Orient Express ⭐⭐⭐

There’s something rather narcissistic about Kenneth Branagh’s film. Lavishly and cinematically shot, he confidently directs and stars in yet another version of Agatha Christie’s murder mystery that a lot of people of a certain age would already know its famous ending. Branagh’s directorial skills and prowess are clearly on show here as he stages intricate […]

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The Death of Stalin ⭐⭐⭐½

Armando Iannucci casts his dry sardonic eye over Russian politics this time with his adaptation of a French graphic novel depicting the power struggle that follows the death of Stalin and it is every bit as funny, absurd and horrifying as you would expect from the mind that brought us The Thick of It and […]

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The Death of Stalin ⭐⭐½

A movie where the sum of its parts doesn’t quite make a whole. A fine cast with some great performances, notably a superb cameo from Jason Isaacs as an army general reimagined as a gruff northerner (think Sean Bean with a chest full of military medals) and Jeffrey Tambor’s turn as Stalin’s weak, vain deputy. […]

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Call Me By Your Name ⭐⭐⭐½

Set in 1983 somewhere in Northern Italy, 17-year-old Elio, a musical student and the son of an American archeology professor and his French wife, spends his summer in a postcard worthy house, smoking and drinking with his friends and flirting with the local Italian girls. When Oliver, a handsome 20-something American intern arrives to help […]

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Thor: Ragnarok ⭐⭐⭐⭐

There’s always been humour in previous Thor films but perhaps emboldened by the success of Guardians of the Galaxy, of which its shadow looms large over this film, Marvel has wisely decided to push that boat right out under the offbeat comedic steerage of New Zealand director Taika Waititi and the result is spectacular. Bursting […]

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The Florida Project ⭐⭐1/2

In Sean Baker’s follow-up to Tangerine, he swaps his iPhone for a 35mm camera and Alexis Zabe’s cinematography captures that fairytale gone wrong feel where poverty looks picturesque and the fading pastel colours have certainly seen better days. Instead of transsexual prostitutes on the streets of L.A., we observe a bunch of very young kids […]

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Lady Bird ⭐⭐⭐½

The surprise film in this year’s LFF is Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut that she also wrote. If you know Gerwig’s work as an actress, there is no surprise here as this has the same quirky and witty sentiments of her other films – but thankfully, this is not Damsel in Distress 2. As Christine McPherson, […]

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