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Review: Official Secrets

The real-life Katherine Gun represents one of the rare figures in modern political history who has the courage to say something when everyone else remains silent. Set in 2003, the story of Official Secrets revolves around how she leaked...

 
 
 
 
 
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Flixist's top 5 films of London Film Festival 2019

October has proven to be a busy month for Flixist, with a fantastic array of film and gaming events covered by our busy writers at this year’s New York Film Festival and New York Comic Con. Although we've yet to figure out a way to be...

 
 
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LFF Review: Harriet

It’s remarkable that the feats of Harriet Tubman, former slave-turned-civil-rights-activist, is a story that’s not been told in film before. A woman who became an abolitionist in the lead up to the American Civil War in 1861...

 
 
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LFF Review: The Aeronauts

Spend any amount of time in the UK and you’ll soon realise that weather is a favourite topic of conversation for Brits. So, in a year that’s been full of veritable storms, heatwaves, and hurricanes, it’s only fitting tha...

 
 
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LFF Review: Knives Out

It’s taken time to properly piece together my thoughts on Knives Out. It’s the sort of film that, because it’s been so carefully thought out, lends itself to equally careful consideration. Moulded unmistakably on Agath...

 
 
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LFF Review: Bad Education

Whether or not you’re familiar with all the details of the $11.2 million public school embezzlement scandal in New York in the early 00s, you soon will be after Cory Finley takes to the screen again this festival season. Compari...

 
 
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LFF Review: Marriage Story

Charlie (Adam Driver) and Nicole (Scarlett Johansson) run a theatre company together in New York. Charlie directs, Nicole acts, they’re married, and they have a son. All has been well for years, but somehow it isn't enough for Nic...

 
 
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LFF Review: The Report

An indictment of bureaucracy at an acute level, The Report is the recipient of a lot of buzz online, largely owing to its high-profile cast and imminent Netflix release. Featuring Annette Bening (in a successful run, she’s alread...

 
 
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LFF Review: The King

The King is, in a word, severe. Formidably darker than Henry V adaptations in the past, it centres on a troubled Hal (Timothée Chalamet) who reluctantly takes on the mantle of kingship from a manipulative father (Ben Mendelsohn), f...

 
 
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LFF Review: Jojo Rabbit

During the opening sequence of Jojo Rabbit, Britpop plays over a montage of Nazi paraphernalia and propaganda. Archive footage shows Hitler reaching down from a podium to girls screaming to be with him, probably crying to have his babie...

 
 
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LFF Review: Hope Gap

With a week to go before their 29th wedding anniversary, Edward (Bill Nighy) decides not to take his wife Grace (Annette Bening) out for dinner. Instead, he packs a bag and tells her he wants a divorce. Their comfy family life near Hope...

 
 
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LFF Review: The Personal History of David Copperfield

If anyone can tease out the devilish humour and absurdity from Dickens, it’s Iannucci. The creative force behind satires like The Thick of It and The Death of Stalin is so well-matched to the material, in fact, that it’s a won...

 
 
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LFF Review: Lucky Grandma

A mobster flick that puts an elderly Chinese woman into a gang war in New York, Lucky Grandma was a bit of light fun to open LFF this year. Following the story of Grandma/Nai Nai (the energetic and cunning Tsai Chin), the story finds...

 
 
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LFF Review: Waves

The word synaesthesia refers to a trait in which a person experiences merged senses simultaneously -- such as hearing colours or seeing sound. It’s the only word I can use to touch on the intensity of the visual and aural experienc...

 
 
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Review: The Spy

The Spy puts Sach Baron Cohen in a darkly gripping, real-life tale of espionage, following the life of Egyptian-born Eli Cohen. The story traces his infiltration into the highest ranks of the Syrian government in the early 1960s, providin...

 
 
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Stranger Things season 4 announced with chilling preview

Cast your mind back to the summer, and you’ll probably remember an intense heatwave and the release of Stranger Things season 3. If you’re one of the 40.7 million Netflix streamers who watched the series over its openi...

 
 
 
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Liza Minnelli and Rupert Goold lock horns over Judy biopic

If there’s one rule in showbiz, it’s that you never, ever get on the wrong side of Liza Minnelli. Ever. Unfortunately, director Rupert Goold didn’t get the memo and has proceeded to forge ahead with a biopic of Minnelli&...

 
 
 
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Why Fleabag deserves its multiple Emmys

The 2019 Emmys "It's so wonderful and reassuring to know that a dirty, pervy, angry and messed-up woman can make it to the Emmys.” I’d warrant you’d be just as surprised as Phoebe Waller-Bridge if the crew of a no-ho...

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The best of Netflix’s festival season trailers

Unlike the rest of us, Netflix hasn’t been sat around complaining about heatwaves this summer: it’s been busy bringing us some truly excellent trailers for its new releases. With Venice Film Festival underway as of last n...

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Review: Long Gone By

In small-town Warsaw, Indiana, mother Ana (Erica Muñoz) and her 17-year-old daughter Izzy (Izzy Hau’ula) are faced with what would have been an unthinkable future of separation just a few years ago. Fighting against strin...

 
 
 
 
 


About Sian Francis Coxone of us since 2:37 PM on 04.26.2018

Based in the UK, Sian is an editor and regular contributor to Flixist, with bylines at Destructoid, and has worked as managing editor for Film Enthusiast. Her specialism is in early European arthouse cinema, and her tastes vary from silent comedies to Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals and Marvel.
 
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