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Wetlands (2014) ★★★★
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Wetlands (2014) ★★★★

Directed by David Wnendt Disclaimer: Adult Content. Abject bodily functions get their overdue day in court in Wetlands, German director David Wnendt’s adaptation of Charlotte Rouche’s best-selling novel and the surprise hit of this year’s Revelation Film Festival. The film is a revolting gift received in bright coloured wrapping, and one that surprises with its energy. It opens with … Continue reading

What We Do in the Shadows (2014) ★★★½
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What We Do in the Shadows (2014) ★★★½

Directed by Jermaine Clement and Taika Waititi What We Do in the Shadows reunites Eagle vs Shark collaborators Jermaine Clement and Taika Waititi in an attempt to resuscitate the mockumentary from obsolescence. They set out to make us laugh—ditching the satirical bent that haunts the faux-doc genre—and film with a spontaneous naturalism. The result is a film wherein the comedy arises from the … Continue reading

Begin Again (2014) ★★
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Begin Again (2014) ★★

Directed by John Carney Even if you loved Once, I’d implore you to think twice about seeing Begin Again, director John Carney’s attempt at redressing his old achievements. Once was praised for its intimacy and stripped-back performances, and won an Oscar for its song ‘Falling Slowly’. Begin Again attempts to use the same techniques, but in New York, with A-list movie … Continue reading

Predestination (2014) ★★★★
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Predestination (2014) ★★★★

Directed by Michael and Peter Spierig Predestination is the kind of term that sounds like it comes straight from the science-fiction phrasebook—it’s connotes the flashy allure of space and guns and a world at stake, of popcorn and Christopher Nolan and a multiplex with no empty seats. Studied a little closer, the term is loaded with all sorts of theological … Continue reading

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Young Man with a Horn (1950) ★★★★

A surprise from the Golden Age, this story of a young jazz trumpeter played by Kirk Douglas evades the classical romantic formula to tell of a different kind of love—that between a man and his art—and spars tonally between lively and elegiac throughout. Whilst the charm of Michael Curtiz’s direction is obvious, a nasty turn from … Continue reading

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Ninotchka (1939) ★★★★

Is Ninotchka about a forlornly unhappy Bolshevik who finds happiness in capitalism, or a headstrong woman with political convictions who’s corrupted by the superfluous, champagne-soaked lifestyle of gruesome capitalists? Your own convictions ultimately determine whatever meaning is to be found in this otherwise light comedy  from Ernst Lubitsch that panders to the talents of superstar Greta Garbo, with a … Continue reading