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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...

58th London Film Festival Review: The Dead Lands

58th London Film Festival Review: The Dead Lands

Director: Toa Fraser Writer: Glenn Standring Starring: James Rolleston, Lawrence Makoare, Te Kohe Tuhaka Synopsis: Hongi (Rolleston), a Maori chieftan’s son, is framed for sacrilegious behaviour by a despicable impostor (Tuhaka). A battle breaks out over the argument and Hongi’s tribe is killed. He then sets out to avenge his family and friends by killing...

58th London Film Festival Review: Metamorphoses

58th London Film Festival Review: Metamorphoses

Director/Writer: Christopher Honoré Starring: Amira Akili, Sebastien Hirel, Damien Chapelle, Melodie Richard Synopsis: Three chapters following/interpreting the stories of Jupiter, Europa, Bacchus, Narcissus, and more, from the poems of Ovid. Going into Metamorphoses without any inclination of plot, literature or history and you will be stumped for a long...

58th London Film Festival Review: In Darkness We Fall [La Cueva]

58th London Film Festival Review: In Darkness We Fall [La Cueva]

Director: Alfredo Montero Writers: Javier Gullon, Alfredo Montero Starring: Marta Castellote, Marcos Ortiz, Xoel Fernández, Eva García-Vacas, Jorge Páez Synopsis: Four friends go on a camping trip and stumble across a deep cave that they inadvertently get lost in a remote cave. The found-footage/POV horror genre has not stopped getting recharged with every...

Review: The Equalizer

Review: The Equalizer

Director: Antoine Fuqua Writer: Richard Wenk Starring: Denzel Washington, Chloe Grace Moretz, Marton Csokas, David Harbour, Johnny Skourtis, Melissa Leo, Bill Pullman Synopsis: Robert McCall (Washington) works by day as a home supply clerk, and by night he stays awake, reading and relaxing in a local diner. In the diner he befriends a young girl (Moretz) – a...

Review: The Two Faces of January

Review: The Two Faces of January

Director/Writer: Hossein Amini Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Isaac, Kirsten Dunst, Daisy Bevan Synopsis: A con man (Isaac), trying to play a married couple (Mortensen and Dunst), gets heavily involved with his new found friends when the husband kills a private detective. The rarity of classic filmmaking is a crying shame for contemporary cinema. Fortunately,...