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Review: The Connection

Review: The Connection

The Connection (or La French) is the new offering from Cédric Jimenez, and seems to be his biggest yet, pulling in big names; sadly, its not quite up to scratch. It is being billed as the flip side of The French Connection, the story you haven’t heard about (as much); but its more in tune with your toast landing butter side down. It starts with style,...

Review: Sword of Vengeance – “Stylized and bloody”

Review: Sword of Vengeance – “Stylized and bloody”

Sword of Vengeance is directed by commercials director Jim Weedon, and stars Stanley Weber (Not Another Happy Ending) and the awesome Annabelle Wallis (Annabelle). Ed Skrein, who dropped out of Game of Thrones to take over as The Transporter from Jason Statham also features, as does Rasputin from Hellboy: Karel Roden. As a little boy, Weber’s character...

Review: Man Up

Review: Man Up

This review is by Alex Smith of The Ecstatic Truth. “Fuck the past.” As far as rom-com mottos go, it’s pretty on the nose. But it’ll do. In fact, it would’ve been a better title than “Man Up”, which, in this case, doesn’t feel appropriate. If anything,“man up” is more synonymous with misogynistic rituals (e.g. rugby socials, uni hazings,...

Blu-ray review: Big Hero 6

Blu-ray review: Big Hero 6

With Disney scooping their second Best Animation Oscar in as many years, following in the hugely successful steps of Frozen was always going to be tough. And while it didn’t pass $1 billion and break numerous records, Big Hero 6 did make over $650 million worldwide. Based on the Marvel Comics superhero team, Don Hall and Chris Williams co-direct a stylish...

Festival de Cannes 2015 Review: Masaan

Festival de Cannes 2015 Review: Masaan

Director: Neeraj Ghaywan Writer: Neeraj Ghaywan, Varun Grover Starring: Richa Chadda, Sanjay Mishra, Vicky Kaushal, Shweta Tripathi, Bhagwan Tiwari Synopsis: Two narratives surrounding encounters with the opposite sex. The first is a brutal story of two young lovers – Devi (Chadda) and Piyush – who are caught up in a sex scandal which leads to a...

Festival de Cannes 2015 Review: Shan He Gu Ren [Mountains May Depart]

Festival de Cannes 2015 Review: Shan He Gu Ren [Mountains May Depart]

Director/Writer: Jia Zhang-Ke Starring: Zhao Tao, Zhang Yi, Liang Jingdong, Chang Sylvia, Dong Zijang Synopsis: In 1999, two men fight over the love of Tao (Tao), with one becoming destroyed, losing to the richer man. In 2014, Liang, who lost his love, has become a husband a father but is stricken with severe illness due to his work in the coal mines. He...

Festival de Cannes 2015 Review: Chronic

Festival de Cannes 2015 Review: Chronic

Director/Writer: Michel Franco Starring: Tim Roth, Bitsie Tulloch, Michael Cristofer, David Dasmalchian Synopsis: David (Roth), a health care worker looks after terminally ill patients, giving them all the support he can. However, some find his zeal somewhat strange, and his home life seems oddly specious. Chronic has a great deal in its content to make an...

Festival de Cannes 2015 Review: Comoara [Treasure]

Festival de Cannes 2015 Review: Comoara [Treasure]

Director/Writer : Corneliu Porumboiu Starring: Toma Cuzin, Radu Banzaru, Dan Chiriac, Iulia Ciochina Synopsis: Costi (Cuzin) is up one night reading Robin Hood to his son when his neighbour calls at his door asking for a loan. He declines, and the next day he returns saying it isn’t for bills, but to hire out a metal detector and search for buried treasure...

Festival de Cannes 2015 Review: Dheepan

Festival de Cannes 2015 Review: Dheepan

Director: Jacques Audiard Writers: Noé Debré, Thomas Bidegain, Jacques Audiard Starring: Jesuthasan Antonythasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Claudine Vinasithamby, Vincent Rottiers, Marc Zinga Synopsis: As he sees defeat in the Sri Lankan civil war, Tamil freedom fighter, Dheephan (Antonythasan), decides to flee, taking a woman (Srinivasan) and a small girl...

Festival de Cannes 2015 Review: Lamb

Festival de Cannes 2015 Review: Lamb

Director: Yared Zeleke Writers: Yared Zeleke, Geraldine Bajard Starring: Rediat Amare, Kidist Siyum, Welela Assefa, Surafel Teka Synopsis: After Ephraïm (Amare) has to leave his home town – sent to live with his relatives – he has to protect his pet sheep after his uncle orders to be slaughtered and eaten for a holiday meal. Ethiopian cinema and...