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58th London Film Festival Review: French Riviera [L'homme qu'on aimait trop]

58th London Film Festival Review: French Riviera [L

Director: André Téchiné Writers: Cédric Anger, Jean-Charles Le Roux, André Téchiné Starring: Guillaume Canet, Catherine Deneuve, Adèle Haenel, Judith Chemla, Mauro Conte Synopsis: In 1976, Agnès Le Roux, daughter of the Palais de la Meditérranée, began an affair with her mother’s lawyer, Maurice Agnelet. Through their relationship, real estate...

58th London Film Festival Review: The Duke of Burgundy

58th London Film Festival Review: The Duke of Burgundy

Director/Writer: Peter Strickland Starring: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Chiara D’Anna, Eugenia Caruso Synopsis: A lesbian couple, who experiment with sado-masochistic role playing, begin to find cracks in their relationship. If anything is to be taken from The Duke of Burgundy – Peter Strickland’s third feature – it is that the British...

Review: This is Where I Leave You

Review: This is Where I Leave You

Director: Shawn Levy Writer: Jonathan Tropper Starring: Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Jane Fonda, Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll, Timothy Olyphant Synopsis: After the death of their father, four siblings have to return home to spend a week in each other’s company. The  big family reunions, the tension that lingers after years of familiarity, the love...

Review: Life After Beth

Review: Life After Beth

Director/Writer: Jeff Baena Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Cheryl Hines, Paul Reiser, Matthew Gray Gubler, Anna Kendrick Synopsis: Zach’s (DeHaan) girlfriend, Beth (Plaza) sadly dies and he cannot overcome his grief. Continually visiting her parents, he one day spots her walking through the house and realised she wasn’t...

58th London Film Festival Review: 10,000km

58th London Film Festival Review: 10,000km

Director: Carlos Marques-Marcet Writers: Carlos Marques-Marcet, Clara Roquet, Natalia Tena, David Verdaguer Starring: Natalia Tena, David Verdaguer Synopsis: A couple try to keep their relationship strong even when one is in Los Angeles, and the other in Barcelona. It’s a common aspect in relationships nowadays, to keep conversation alive nearly constantly...

58th London Film Festival Review: Camp X-Ray

58th London Film Festival Review: Camp X-Ray

Director/Writer: Peter Sattler Starring: Kristen Stewart, Peyman Moaddi, John Carroll Lynch, Lane Garrison Synopsis: A soldier newly assigned to Guantanamo Bay begins to befriend one of the detainees of 8 years. Having only run for four months, Camp X-Ray was one of Guantanomo’s shortest ventures, yet it had just as much of impact as the rest of the camps....

Review: Gone Girl – “Another morbid masterpiece”

Review: Gone Girl – “Another morbid masterpiece”

Director: David Fincher Writer: Gillian Flynn Starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Carrie Coon, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris, Missi Pyle Synopsis: On the day of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Affleck) discovers his wife, Amy (Pike) has disappeared. As days go by, the media and some of the investigative police begin...

58th London Film Festival Review: Black Coal, Thin Ice

58th London Film Festival Review: Black Coal, Thin Ice

Director/Writer: Yi’nan Diao Starring: Fan Liao, Lun Mei Gwei, Xuebing Wang Synopsis: It’s 1999 and multiple body parts are found scattered in Northern China. Recently divorced cop, Zhang (Liao) investigates but ultimately fails. Flash forward to 2004 and Zhang is a security guard, hung-over most days and hating his life. A chance meeting with his old...

58th London Film Festival Review: Keep On Keepin’ On

58th London Film Festival Review: Keep On Keepin’ On

Director: Alan Hicks Writers: David Coombe, Alan Hicks Starring: Clark Terry, Justin Kauflin, Quincy Jones Synopsis: A documentary about Clark Terry, a legendary trumpet player, and Justin Kauflin, a blind pianist who has been mentored by Terry for over four years. It is difficult not to be too hyperbolic when criticising or praising a film, yet there are films...

58th London Film Festival Review: ’71

58th London Film Festival Review: ’71

Director: Yann Demange Writer: Gregory Burke Starring: Jack O’Connell, Sean Harris, Sam Reid, Charlie Murphy, Paul Anderson, David Wilmot, Richard Dormer Synopsis: A soldier (O’Connell) becomes separated from his aid militia after being sent in to help during Belfast’s Troubles in 1971. Just before Jack O’Connell becomes a worldwide star (the lead in...