ADIFF Review – Mindhorn

Actor Richard Thorncroft (Julian Barratt) was at the top of his game in the 1980s; star of the hit TV show Mindhorn – on which he played a secret agent with a bionic eye that could always see the truth – Thorncroft was sure that he was one step away from the big time. In 2016, however, things are not so rosy for Thorncroft; washed up and making TV ads for orthopaedic socks, Thorncroft is still suffers from delusions of grandeur. When a killer on the Isle of Man will only speak to Mindhorn, however, Richard Thorncroft is drafted in, and dusts off his most famous character one more time. Continue reading

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ADIFF Review – The Piano Lesson

Documentarian Ken Wardrop turns his eye from the relationship between mothers and sons in Mom & Me, to people learning piano throughout Ireland, and the reasons they have for doing so. Continue reading

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ADIFF Review – Gleason

In 2011, three years after retiring as a professional NFL player, Steve Gleason was diagnosed with degenerative disease ALS. Just a few weeks later, Gleason’s wife Michel Varisco, discovered she was pregnant, so Gleason set out to create video diaries for his unborn child, so he could pass on his love, fears, hops and beliefs to his child. Continue reading

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ADIFF Review – The Student

Veniamin (Pyotr Skvortsov) a high school student begins preaching the bible to his fellow students, teachers, friends and family after he is confronted about missing swimming classes at school. As time passes, and Veniamin becomes ever more passionate, he begins to butt heads with his biology teacher Elena (Viktoriya Isakova), to dangerous and explosive ends. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Patriot’s Day

On April 15th 2013, two bombs went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring hundreds of others. In the immediate aftermath, as families are separated and chaos reigns, the manhunt for those responsible – Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (Alex Wolff) and Tamerlan Tsarnaev (Themo Melikidze) began. Continue reading

Cinema Review – Best

Daniel Gordon’s documentary chronicles legendary footballer George Best’s rise to fame, from being a homesick teenager who skipped out on his trial for Manchester United, through to his move to the US to play for teams such as the LA Aztecs. Best also looks at the obsessions that defined Best’s life; football and excess. Continue reading

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ADIFF Review – Lady Macbeth

Katherine (Florence Pugh) is sold into marriage with Alexander (Paul Hilton), a caustic and rough middle-aged man who is unable to consummate their marriage. When Alexander and his father are both called away from the house, Katherine at first roams the halls like a ghost in crinolines, but soon begins an affair with a farm hand, an affair that has far reaching consequences. Continue reading

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ADIFF Review – The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki

In 1962, Finnish boxer Olli Maki (Jarkko Lahti) faced the biggest fight of his career against US fighter Davey Moore (John Bosco Jr.). Although Maki’s trainer promises him that the day he beats the American wil; be the happiest day of his life, Olli hquickly feels the pressure of an entire nation looking to him to validate their national pride, and even worse; Olli has just fallen in love, and finds his loyalties torn. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – The Great Wall

Mercenaries William (Matt Damon) and Tovar (Pedro Pascal) journeying to find gunpowder find themselves taken prisoner by The Nameless Order at the Great Wall of China, but before punishment can be dealt out, the Wall is attacked by Tao Tie; mythical monsters who attack every 60 years in an attempt to take over the world. William and Tovar find themselves confronted with a choice; fight or die. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Fences

In 1950s Pittsburgh, as he struggles to find the time and motivation to build a fence in his back yard, Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) talks over the events of his life with his friend Jim Bono (Stephen Henderson) and wife Rose (Viola Davis), while holding his family together and trying to get a promotion in his job as a garbage man. When a secret must be told, however, Troy soon finds his carefully constructed life coming down around his ears. Continue reading

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