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Nomadland

Friday, March 5th, 2021 Film Reviews,

Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland has been racking up awards and rave reviews since it first appeared in the United States late last year. This week it took out Best Film and Best Director at the Golden Globes. It’s a movie in which almost nothing happens but the images and scenarios remain lodged in one’s mind for […]

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Jewish International Film Festival 2021

Friday, February 26th, 2021 Film Reviews,

No-one could ever accuse the Jewish International Film Festival of taking soft options. Most festivals choose to screen something suitably light-hearted on opening night but the 2021 JIFF was launched with Yaron Silberman’s Incitement, a film about the 1995 assassination of Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin. Incitement was crammed with political dialogue and small, significant […]

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Minari

Friday, February 19th, 2021 Film Reviews,

At last year’s Oscars South Korea reaped the rewards for an investment in screen culture when Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite took out the awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best International Feature. Parasite may be a hard act to follow but in 2021 Koreans are feeling optimistic about an entirely different kind […]

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Another Round

Friday, February 12th, 2021 Film Reviews,

Being known as the sexiest man in Denmark may be a dubious honour – it is, after all, a country of fewer than 6 million people. Nevertheless there are plenty of other places where Mads Mikkelsen’s charms are appreciated. Australia, for instance. Thomas Vinterberg’s Another Round does not immediately show Mads at his strapping best. […]

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The Nest

Friday, February 5th, 2021 Film Reviews,

Filmmakers often wax nostalgic when they look back on the 1960s, but nobody seems to remember the 1980s with much affection. It was the era of Reagan and Thatcher, when the finance industry was deregulated and fortunes made overnight. It laid the foundations for the exorbitant wealth of the present day, with its roller-coaster markets, […]

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Only the Animals

Friday, January 29th, 2021 Film Reviews,

Only the Animals sounds like half of a proposition that needs to be completed. After watching Domink Moll’s ingenious mystery I’d venture: “Only the animals understand that life is a matter of instinct and impulse.” Or perhaps: “Only the animals know how strange humans really are…” There are six main characters in a tale that […]

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The Dry

Saturday, January 23rd, 2021 Film Reviews,

As Australia Day looms so does another round of Australian movies. If you’re feeling patriotic you can now watch Glendyn Ivin’s Penguin Bloom, in which a disabled Naomi Watts finds new hope through a magpie. Coming soon is Stephen Johnson’s High Ground, an historical drama set in Arnhem Land, where Simon Baker treads a blood-stained […]

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Ammonite

Friday, January 15th, 2021 Film Reviews,

An ammonite is a mollusc with a distinctive spiral shell that flourished in the Devonian period, (400 million years ago) and died out at the end of the Cretaceous, (roughly 66 million BCE). In biological terms that was a pretty good run. Homo sapiens will be lucky to survive for even a fraction of this […]

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Wonder Woman 1984

Friday, January 8th, 2021 Film Reviews,

No movie in 2017 was more overrated than Patty Jenkins’s Wonder Woman. It was as if critics and fans were responding to the film they’d hoped to see, rather than whatever ended up on screen. The movie’s one saving grace was the luminous Gal Gadot as the embodiment of everyone’s fantasy Amazon. The inevitable sequel, […]

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The Movies in 2021: Where are We Going?

Friday, December 25th, 2020 Film Reviews,

Looking to see what the new year has in store I consulted the on-line oracles and began to feel I’d been far too negative about 2020. Was it really so bad watching streaming services and old movies at home? The cinema screen will always offer a superior experience to the set in the lounge (let […]