In Review: The Voices (2014)

by Daniel Goodwin 21 March 2015

Director Marjane Satrapi is best known for her fascinating 2007 film Persepolis: an animated feature about the 1979 Iranian revolution which she co-directed with Vincent Paronaud. Eight years later and Satrapi delivers her English language debut, The Voices: a weird and anomalous whimsy about a psychotic factory-hand with talking pets and a proclivity for beheading […]

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In Review: Town Without Pity (1961) on DVD

by Christina Newland 21 March 2015

Little-discussed 1961 courtroom drama Town Without Pity is an international co-production of the unusually grim sort. Set in Germany in 1960, it’s a stomach-churning look into the vicious and petty-minded corners of small-town life. It’s also a relentlessly cynical work, in which neither the Americans nor the Germans come out with clean hands.

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In Review: The Gunman

by Daniel Goodwin 19 March 2015

In an apparent attempt to re-market himself as a middle-aged action star, Sean Penn stars in The Gunman as Jim Terrier: a special forces operative/ military contractor suffering from post-traumatic stress. After being tasked to kill a political figure in the Democratic Republic of Congo by a shifty associate (Javier Bardem), Terrier is forced to […]

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BFI Flare 2015 Opening Night Gala: I Am Michael

by Maryann O'Connor 19 March 2015

Justin Kelly’s I Am Michael is somewhat of a rarity in the world of LGBT film, in that it charts a man’s ten year descent from knowledge and love to denial, hate and heartbreak. Michael (James Franco) is a writer and trailblazing activist in the year 2000 along with boyfriend Bennett (Zachary Quinto), rejecting narrow […]

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In Review: The Tale of The Princess Kaguya

by Daniel Goodwin 18 March 2015

Last year when Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement and the company’s downsizing, there were sighs of sadness from critics and fans all over the world. Opting to once again work with freelance animators (how it originally ran), instead of in-house staff, Studio Ghibli has now delivered its latest fantastical foray.

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In Review: The Supreme Price

by Maryann O'Connor 17 March 2015

The Supreme Price focuses on two themes, the treatment of women in Nigeria and the seemingly endemic corruption which has blighted the country for decades, showing how these two subjects are intricately linked. No sooner had Nigeria loosened the bonds of colonial rule when the military took over and the country suffered an endless round […]

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In Review: Run All Night

by Daniel Goodwin 13 March 2015

Following mediocre, amnesia mystery Unknown (2011) and the slightly punchier Non-Stop (2014), director Jaume Collet-Serra and Liam Neeson reunite for an action thriller about ageing, rival mobsters and their fractured families. Neeson plays Jimmy Conlon: a washed up gangster wrecked by sin, booze and regret after years of wrongdoing.

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In Review: Suite Française

by Tony Griffiths 12 March 2015

There’s an extraordinary, touching story at the heart of sweeping period romance Suite Française. It’s just not the one that plays out onscreen. For those unacquainted with the novel of the same name, Suite Française begins with Nazi Germany’s occupation of France in World War Two. A platoon of German soldiers arrive at a small, […]

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In Preview: BFI Flare 2015

by Maryann O'Connor 11 March 2015

As usual it’s a glorious action-packed schedule at BFI Flare (19th-29th March, London) helpfully divided into three sections; documentaries sit side by side with a starry James Franco and Zachary Quinto effort, Rocky Horror on at the IMAX and a party celebrating Warrior Women because it’s the 20th anniversary of Xena Warrior Princess’ arrival on […]

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In Review: Dreamcatcher (2015)

by Daniel Goodwin 6 March 2015

Renowned director Kim Longinotto has been making documentaries for nearly four decades now. From her debut Pride Of Place in 1976 to the more recent Love Is All (2014) released only last December, Longinotto’s latest follows Brenda Myers-Powell and her Dreamcatcher Foundation: an organisation set up to help and educate on the dangers of human […]

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In Review: Hyena (2014)

by Chris Milton 5 March 2015

Gerard Johnson’s London is a city much like Hell, and Hyena, his second film after the mordant, disturbing, dismembered-body-in-the-kitchen-sink drama Tony (2009), is a dark and bloody labyrinth which nobody gets out of alive. The plot is convoluted and amphetamine-paced, but is so tight and coherent that one does not lose its thread but is instead […]

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