JDIFF Review – Shoulder the Lion

Three artists – Katie Dallam, Graham Sharpe and Alice Wingwall – reveal how their struggles with physical ill health has changed their ideals, their goals and their outlook in life. Continue reading

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JDIFF Review – Goodbye to All That

After a foolish accident in which he damages his foot, Otto (Paul Scheider) is stunned when his wife Annie (Melanie Lynskey) surprises him with divorce papers. Determined to get back on the proverbial horse, Otto immediately begins dating again, but soon finds that juggling an ex-wife, a 10-year-old daughter and some unpredictable dates. Continue reading

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JDIFF Review – A Girl at My Door

When Police Chief Young-nam (Doona Bae) is transferred to a small Korean seaside town, she almost immediately meets two of the town’s most notorious residents; Park Yong-ha (Song Sae-byeok) and his mother Park Jeom-soon (Kim Jin-gu). Soon afterwards, Young-nam meets the emotionally troubled, bullied and beaten Seon Do-hee (Kim Sae-ron) and finds herself getting involved in the young girl’s life. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Wild Tales

Writer/Director Damián Szifrón pulls six short stories together as a feature; all distressing, all funny and all about revenge… Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Seventh Son

Tom Ward (Ben Barnes) is the seventh son of a seventh son, and is apprenticed to Master Gregory (Jeff Bridges), who spends his life fighting evil. Tom’s first challenge arises when the evil witch Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore) escapes from her prison of 10 years, bent on revenge and turning the world to ash. Continue reading

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JDIFF Review – Miss Julie

Over the course of a Midsummer’s Night, Miss Julie (Jessica Chastain) and her father’s valet John (Colin Farrell) seduce, reject and ultimately destroy one another. Continue reading

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JDIFF Review – Iris

Albert Maysles’ penultimate film focuses on the day to day life of legendary New York fashion icon Iris Apfel, as she continues to work at the age of 90. Continue reading

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JDIFF Review – 10,000km

When Alex (Natalia Tena) is offered a residency as a photographer in LA, her boyfriend Sergi (David Verdaguer) opts to remain in their home of Barcelona. The two decide to keep their relationship going, through text, email and Skype, but the physical distance begets an emotional one, and it is not long before Alex and Sergi find themselves facing some difficult questions. Continue reading

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JDIFF Review – The Decent One

Based on letters and documents found in Nazi Party member Heinrich Himmler’s home, The Decent One shows the private side of one of the most powerful men in Nazi Germany. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Get Hard

James King (Will Ferrell) has it all; a beautiful fiancée (Alison Brie), a wonderful home and a job that he is good at. Darnell Lewis (Kevin Hart) runs a car wash and dreams of being able to provide a better life for his wife and young daughter. When King is framed for fraud, however, he turns to Darnell – believing the poorer man spent time in prison – to help him prepare for his stint on the inside. Little does King realise, that while Darnell is turning his home into a makeshift prison, he is winging it, and has never been to prison, or even committed a crime. Continue reading

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