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Review: The Club

Director: Pablo Larraín Writers: Guillermo Calderón, Pablo Larraín, Daniel Villalobos Starring: Alfredo Castro, Roberto Farías, Antonia Zegers, Marcelo Alonso, Jaime Vadell, Alejandro Goic, Alejandro Sieveking, José Soza, Fransisco Reyes Synopsis: A crisis counselor is sent by the Catholic Church to a small Chilean beach town where disgraced priests and...

Review: House of Cards Season 4 – Real life is more ridiculous

Review: House of Cards Season 4 – Real life is more ridiculous

I feel sorry for you Americans. Choosing a candidate for the Presidential Primaries must be like deciding which STD you’d rather have flaring up your urethra. They’re all such caricatures even Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood from House of Cards is starting to look tame. He’s only killed a couple of people and manipulated the entire system to get into the...

Review: The Here After

Review: The Here After

Scandinavian filmmaking is so much more than your run-of-the-mill television crime dramas or big screen adaptation of hit thriller novels. The independent scene has a lot to offer like for instance heartbreaking Swedish transgender drama Something Must Break that found its way to the UK last year and couldn’t recommend more. In the same realm of cinema...

Review: 10 Cloverfield Lane – A tense, pressure building and heart pumping thriller

Review: 10 Cloverfield Lane – A tense, pressure building and heart pumping thriller

This review is by Tom Nightingale. He won our 10 Cloverfield Lane screening competition and very kindly wrote the following review. Ever since the trailer emerged from a shroud of secrecy there have been plenty of rumours floating around about 10 Cloverfield Lane. With JJ Abraams saying rather than a direct sequel this would be a “blood relative of...

Review: The Witch – “Abject psychological terror”

Review: The Witch – “Abject psychological terror”

“The VVitch: A New-England Folk Tale”, hereafter just “The Witch”, is written and directed by Robert Eggers. This is Eggers first full-length feature after predominantly being a production designer until now. And it shows. In a good way. The Witch is a measured and immaculate piece of film-making, with attention obviously lavished upon every element of...

Blu-Ray Review: Brooklyn

Blu-Ray Review: Brooklyn

Not everyone may have paid attention to a rather interesting predicament in the career of Nick Hornby, one of Britain’s most brilliant contemporary writers. The prolific author, who has penned best-selling novels such as High Fidelity and About A Boy, has also forged a peculiar parallel path adapting books written by other fellow novelists into screenplays,...

Review: James White – “An affecting emotional journey”

Review: James White – “An affecting emotional journey”

When he left HBO’s dramedy Girls in 2013, allegedly because of creative differences with the hit show’s wunderkind creator (and star) Lena Dunham, 30-year-old actor Christopher Abbott might’ve had a point, despite many considered it a risky move for someone who was practically unknown. Quitting a high profile gig in such a difficult and uncertain industry...

Review: Goodnight Mommy

Review: Goodnight Mommy

Goodnight Mommy is an Austrian horror movie originally titled “Ich seh ich seh”. Written and directed by Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz, the film stars Elias and Lukas Schwarz, and Susanne Wuest. Elias and Lukas are little boys – twins – who live with their mother in an isolated angular modernist house in the middle of the Austrian countryside....

Review: Goodnight Mommy

Review: Goodnight Mommy

There’s a lot of unnerving tension crawling deeper and deeper under your skin for a good hour before we reach the final act of Austrian chiller Goodnight Mommy (Ich seh ich seh) and its cathartic horror climax where all that was kept subdued finally blows up in your face. However, despite the commendable effort, first time co-writers and co-directors Veronika...

Review: King Jack – “Gut-wrenchingly affecting coming-of-age tale”

Review: King Jack – “Gut-wrenchingly affecting coming-of-age tale”

It’s rare to find a film that reconciles you with the world but that’s exactly how you’re going to feel after watching King Jack, writer/director Felix Thompson’s understated yet so gut-wrenchingly affecting coming-of-age tale about finding self-worth. It’s no surprise the film has won the Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival, where it...