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BIFF 2016: Certain Women

Kelly Reichardt’s oeuvre is full of quiet and tender moments that says more than most, with less than many. Certain Women is no exception.

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BIFF 2016: Personal Shopper

Kristen Stewart and Olivier Assayas is officially a dream team that brings out the best in each other.

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BIFF 2016: Snowden

“I thought Obama would change things” *stares longingly into the black night, as Laura Poitras’ character holds her breath, dramatic music building* “I was wrong”

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Review: High-Rise

Times have changed since J.G. Ballard’s High-Rise was published in 1975, but with Ben Wheatley’s adaptation of the acclaimed novel, we get a vigorous reminder of how untruthful that actually is through a kinetic juncture of excessive decadence as the residents of a hierarchic high-rise collectively erupt into chaos.

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Review: A Bigger Splash

Luca Guadagnino’s I Am Love (lo sono l’amore) is a grandiloquent and sensual epos about love, family and legacy, where Tilda Swinton gives perhaps the most idiosyncratic performance of her (very impressive and diverse) career. Guadagnino and Swinton are back in collaboration with A Bigger Splash, which albeit less grandiose, is equally intellectually ambitious and aesthetically courageous – and much more euphoric. […]

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Review: Anomalisa

There are moments in Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York that deserves to stand next to the works of our greatest philosophers, and while it may be premature to declare it Kaufman’s magnum opus, I don’t think it’s unfair to say it is one of the most important movies ever made about what it is to […]

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Review: 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

I did not expect to like this movie at all, quite the opposite in fact. When I heard Michael Bay was set to direct a movie about the Benghazi attacks, I was certain it would turn out to be a tasteless exploitation of the tragic events that occurred on September 11. 2012, and this notion […]

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Review: My Golden Days

My Golden Days (trois souvenirs de ma jeunesse) is a quasi-prequel to Arnaud Desplechin’s 1996′ movie My Sex Life… or How I Got Into an Argument (Comment je me suis disputé… (ma vie sexuelle)). It opens with a continuation of Paul Dédalus’ life as an anthropologist as he returns home to Paris from abroad, but as he gets […]

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Review: The Hateful Eight

The Hateful Eight is Quentin Tarantino’s eight feature film, and unmistakably so. The poster proudly exclaims it as “the 8th film from Quentin Tarantino” (sic) and it has gotten more media attention over the past few weeks/months than most movies do from pre-production to DVD launch – it may however have been overshadowed a little […]

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Review: Bridge of Spies

Bridge of Spies sees Tom Hanks reunite with director Steven Spielberg in a movie written by Matt Charman (Suite Française), and Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men, Fargo and so on); a star team to say the least. It tells the true story about insurance attorney James B. Donovan (played by Hanks), who […]

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