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The Ritual: Film Review

★★★★☆ After the tragic death of their friend, Luke (Rafe Spall), Dom (Sam Troughton), Hutch (Robert James-Collier) and Phil (Arsher Ali) honour him by taking a hiking holiday to Sweden. But after whiny Dom twists his ankle, they take a... Continue Reading →

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CineVue Review: Certain Women

★★★★★ Kelly Reichardt's Certain Women tells three stories of malcontent in Montana, one of the least populous states in the US. Connected by only the thinnest of narrative threads, each story offers delicate, quietly moving insight into the lives of its subjects.... Continue Reading →

Thresholds: “Every evil rooted in its stone” The Gothic Imagination in ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’

Filmmakers have adapted, parodied and paid homage to Edgar Allan Poe’s works countless times, none more so than the notoriously prolific master of schlock, Roger Corman. Corman adapted no fewer than eight of Poe’s stories into films, the 1960 adaptation... Continue Reading →

CineVue Review: Suntan

★★★★☆ Billed as a "coming of middle-age story", the first 20 minutes of Suntan is easily mistaken for a charming melodrama about rediscovering one's youth. But this tale of obsession, emotional immaturity and entitlement is much more interesting, and darker, than that.... Continue Reading →

Toronto International Film Festival: Round up and top picks

As the 2017 Toronto Film Festival closes, we take a look at our top picks from the festival. Despite already premiering in Venice, Darren Aronofsky's unhinged Mother! created the most buzz on the ground, garnering rave reviews from festival-goers and critics alike.... Continue Reading →

TIFF Review: The Mountain Between Us

★★☆☆☆ Idris Elba and Kate Winslet star in The Mountain Between Us, an entertaining but wholly predictable survival drama from Dutch-Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad. With only each other and a dog for company, it's a race against time before they succumb to... Continue Reading →

TIFF Review: Darkest Hour

★★☆☆☆ Unpopular with his own cabinet and under pressure to enter into peace negotiations with Nazi Germany, once he became PM Winston Churchill's character became symbolic of wartime spirit, his rousing speeches among the most famous examples of political oratory.... Continue Reading →

TIFF Review: Jeannette, the Childhood of Joan of Arc

★★★☆☆ A charming, if insistently odd musical representation of Joan of Arc's early years, Bruno Dumont's latest offering Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc is a compelling blend of juvenile dissatisfaction and Catholic anxiety - minus the humdrum historical accuracy. Jeannette... Continue Reading →

TIFF Review: You Disappear

★★★☆☆ Based on a novel by Christian Jungersen, Danish director Peter Schønau Fog's second feature You Disappear is an intriguing, if not wholly satisfying, family melodrama, buoyed up by decent central performances and an unsentimental directness. Following an epileptic fit, Frederik (Nikolaj... Continue Reading →

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