TIFF Review – Clair Obscur

Chenaz (Funda Eryigit) is a successful woman whose work as a psychiatrist brings her into contact with the young and troubled Elmas (Ecem Uzun), an 18 year old woman who is referred to Chenaz after her husband and mother in law die in mysterious circumstances. Although it initially seems that these two women could not be more different, they have more in common than it first appears. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years

In 1964, The Beatles stopped touring, after years of being on the road, and gruelling schedules. Filmmaker Ron Howard takes a look at the years leading up the decision for the band to stop playing live, and the madness that was Beatlemania. Continue reading

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TIFF Review – In the Blood

TIFF Review – In the Blood

Medical student Simon (Kristoffer Bech) lives with three friends in a suburb of Copenhagen. Although he is an excellent student, Simon spends most of his nights getting as high as possible, and almost deliberately sabotaging his relationships. When his three friends decide to sell their apartment, this causes a rift between them, and Simon struggles to see the problems in his behaviour. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – The Young Offenders

In 2007, 61 bales of cocaine were washed into the sea off the coast of Cork. 15 year olds Conor (Alex Murphy) and Jock (Chris Walley) dream of a better life, away from stealing bikes in Cork City and getting chased by local police, so when they hear that each bale of cocaine floating in the sea is work €7 million, they steal bikes and head off on the trip of their lives. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Kubo and the Two Strings

Kubo (Art Parkinson) spends his days making magical origami figures tell stories for the people in a nearby village, and his evenings caring for his mother, who is becoming increasingly distant. When he stays out after dark one night, however, Kubo is visited by his mother’s sinister sisters (Rooney Mara), who tell him that his grandfather stole one of his eyes, and has been searching for him for many years, in order to steal the other. Kubo suddenly realises that the stories he has told all his life are in fact true and, with the help of Monkey (Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Matthew McConaughey) sets out to find a magical suit of armour to destroy his evil aunts and grandfather once and for all. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Ben-Hur

In the time of “The Messiah” Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston) and his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell) have a strong bond until Messala leaves Jerusalem to fight with his people; the Romans. When he returns, Messala is a Captain of the Roman army, and petitions his brother to allow Pontius Pilate (Pilou Asbaek) safe passage through the Jewish city. When Pilate is attacked, Hudah is blamed, and after five years as a Roman galley slave, returns home to seek revenge against the man he used to call brother. Continue reading

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Venice Review – Prank

Stefie (Étienne Galloy) seems to be used to amusing himself in the small town where he lives. When a chance encounter with Jean-Se (Simon Pigeon) and Martin (Alexandre Lavigne) brings him into the world of friendship and first crushes, as the boys recruit Stefie to record their pranks on his phone. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Don’t Breathe

In the economic wasteland of Detroit, Money (Daniel Zovatto), Alex (Dylan Minette) and Rocky (Jane Levy) have found a way to make some cash, with the dream of getting out of the dying town; burglary. When what is to be their final job – robbing a six figure sum from a blind man in an abandoned part of town – becomes very complicated, the three soon find themselves fighting for their lives against an opponent with more than protecting himself on his mind. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Anthropoid

In the midst of World War II, Josef Gabcík (Cillian Murphy) and Jan Kubis (Jamie Dornan) are parachuted into Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia with a mission – codenamed Anthropid – to kill Nazi leader Reinhard Heydrich. Nicknamed “The Butcher of Prague”, both the exiled government of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Resistsance believe Heydrich’s assassination would be a coup for the Allied side, but there is no plan to get Jan and Josef to safety after their mission is complete. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Things to Come

Nathalie (Isabelle Huppert) seems quite comfortable in her life as wife, mother, daughter and teacher. When all of this begins to fall apart with the announcement that her husband of 25 years is leaving her, Nathalie begins to taste freedom for the first time in years… Or perhaps ever. Continue reading

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