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Review: Life After Beth

Review: Life After Beth

It’s difficult to fathom or gather a genuine sense of expectation when heading into Jeff Baena’s brilliant, original mash of a zomromcom, because Life After Beth is an interesting and bizarrely engaging genre hybrid, consisting of n entire spectrum of character emotion and audience response. Starring Aubrey Plaza and Dane DeHaan, we’re offered a peek...

DVD Review: Fruitvale Station

DVD Review: Fruitvale Station

Synopsis: Oscar Grant is an average 22-year old. He’s an every-guy who has – through bad life decisions and luck – led a less than perfect life. Recently Oscar has tried to turn everything around, vowing to get started on his New Year’s resolutions early to lead a more fulfilling life for himself and his family before tragedy strikes during a...

Raindance Review: The Ninth Cloud

Raindance Review: The Ninth Cloud

We love Michael Madsen here at Live for Films. We even got to see him and ask him a question during his panel at this year’s London Film and Comic Con. You can check that out here. The former Mr. Blonde was stone cold cool still, but seemed sorely in need of a challenging and juicy role. With The Ninth Cloud, which premiered recently at Raindance, writer...

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....

Living Dolls: Documentary review and Q & A with director

Living Dolls: Documentary review and Q & A with director

Set for its UK premiere at the Raindance film festival – Sunday, September 28th, at The Vue Piccadilly – ‘Living Dolls’ is an intriguing exploration of the bizarre world of doll collecting, directed by veteran documentary filmmaker Maureen Judge. The film immediately pulls in the viewer by painting an intimate portrait of its five quirky...

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...