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Film

Cinema Review: Everybody Wants Some!!

With the sexy campus comedy Everybody Wants Some!!, Richard Linklater – who only last year told the twelve year-spanning story of a boy reaching adulthood in real time – has somehow found himself out of his depth.

Cinema Review: Atlantic

Narrated by Brendan Gleeson, Risteard Ó Dómhnaill’s documentary takes as its subject three North Atlantic communities – Newfoundland, sub-Arctic Norway and the west of Ireland – facing huge challenges as corporate interests vie for control of the ocean’s resources of fish, oil and gas.

Cinema Review: Miles Ahead

With Miles Ahead, director/star Don Cheadle is determined not to bore his audience. Instead he has crafted a fictionalised, genre-fuelled tale that represents not the literal reality of Miles, but rather develops as a stylised (even cartoonish) portrait to represent that reality.

Cinema Review: Friend Request

Friend Request is unusual in terms of contemporary American horror films in that it cuts back on the now ubiquitous jump-scares (though there’s still two or three) and contains some quite extended scenes of a pretty graphic nature as its story unfolds.

 

Cinema Review: Midnight Special

Jeff Nichols takes a turn for the supernatural in Midnight Special, a sci-fi drama about a young boy, whose eyes and ears seem to be hypersensitive receivers for radio and satellite signals, as well as perhaps more otherworldly communications.

Cinema Review: Mammal

Mammal won’t offer its viewers any sense of satisfying progression or closure, but it will make for deliciously sensory, beautiful and emotive viewing.

Cinema Review: Dheepan

Dheepan develops into a determined character study of the survivors of war and explores these familiar cinematic themes through the fresh eyes of non-white, non-western protagonists.

Cinema Review: 10 Cloverfield Lane

Its somewhat objectionable focus on and treatment of the (often bound) female body aside, particularly in its earlier stages, this is a well-executed, scary piece of filmmaking of certain ingenuity.

Cinema Review: Court

Radical folk musician and poet Narayan (Sathidar) is charged with abatement of suicide after a sewage worker is found dead just days after he gave a performance in which it is alleged he encouraged sewage workers to kill themselves.

Cinema Review: High-Rise

Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise, like the JG Ballard novel of which it is an adaptation, has all the superficial qualities of a political allegory, centred around a single, high-rise apartment building.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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