Locarno Review – Journey of Hope

A Turkish family dreams of a better life in Switzerland – “the paradise beyond the mountain” – and pay to be illegally brought into the country. Things don’t go according to plan however, and when their family is separated in a blizzard it seems the dream of a better life is over for good. Continue reading

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Locarno Review – Where is Rocky II?

Pierre Bismuth, graphic artist and co-writer of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind has a question. Where is the piece of art by Ed Rushca, named Rocky II? The piece was created in 1976 out of fibreglass and wire, to resemble to native rocks in the Mojave Desert. Ruscha then deposited the rock in the world, where it has remained ever since, and Bismuth wants to know where it is. To find out more, Bismuth hires a private detective to do the investigatory legwork, and screenwriters D.V. DeVincentis and Anthony Peckham to create a screenplay about the PI’s findings in a documentary that plays with fact and fiction, reality and the imaginary. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

When their parents demand they bring dates to their sister’s wedding, Mike (Adam Devine) and Dave (Zac Efron) turn to craigslist to find some “nice” girls that will tone down their antics. In need of a change, and of course a free trip to Hawaii, Alice (Anna Kendrick) and Tatiana (Aubrey Plaza) hide their real personalities to make sure they are the dates chosen. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – The Confession: Living the War on Terror

British Muslim Moazzam Begg spent two years detained in Guantanamo Bay before being released without charge. For the first time and in great detail, Begg tells his story to filmmaker Ashish Ghadiali. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Suicide Squad

“The world changed when Superman flew across the sky, and it changed again when he didn’t”, so says Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), as she gathers together a band of villains including Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), hitman Deadshot (Will Smith), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney) and Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) to form Taskforce X. To incentivise the bad guys to work together, they are offered clemency or death, and unsurprisingly, they choose to live, but just how cooperative they are going to be remains to be seen, even when faced with a worse evil than they. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Bobby Sands: 66 Days

Documentary filmmaker Brendan J. Byrne examines the 66 days in 21981 when Bobby Sands went on hunger strike in a Northern Irish prison, for the right to be recognised as a political prisoner, rather than a criminal. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – The Commune

When Erik’s (Ulrich Thomsen) father dies and leaves him a large house in a suburb of Copenhagen, his wife Anna (Trine Dyrholm) quickly convinces him that they should move into the house. Gathering friends to move in with them, in order to make the house more affordable, quickly turns the house into a small commune, but when Erik begins an affair with the much younger Emma (Helene Reingaard Neumann), tensions arise in the shared space. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Finding Dory

When she suddenly remembers some information from her past, Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) and her friends Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Hayden Rolence) set out to find the family that Dory has all but forgotten. Their adventure takes them across the seas with some old friends, and into a world that is safe and scary at the same time. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Chevalier

A group of Greek fishermen, faced with the long and boring journey back to Athens, come up with a game to see who is the best among them. Named Chevalier after the Chevalier ring that is the prize, then men judge one another on absolutely everything; from the way they walk to the size of their penis, the ay they talk to their cholesterol levels. Continue reading

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