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Review: Girls of the Sun

French director Eva Husson isn’t one to shy away from danger. Her previous film, Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) pretty much says all you need to know about her head-on filmmaking style. While watching Girls of the Sun, the story of a...

 
 
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Review: Peterloo

What if nothing happens? What if a big, massive, terrible event occurs and the world collectively shrugs at it and everything goes on as it was. That's probably what happens most of the time, actually. But in cinema that's not what we see. ...

 
 
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Review: Trip of Compassion

I feel incredibly fortunate to have been able to attend a select theatrical screening of the Israeli film Trip of Compassion, both from a psychological point of view and as a critic attempting to make objective sense of the deep humanitaria...

 
 
 
 
 
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Review: Les Miserables, Episode Six (Part 2)

(This review is a continuation of my analysis of Les Miserables, Episode Six, Part 1.) The real turning point of episode six, for me, came about midway through. Although I emphasize that I know and love the plot of Les Mis, I genuinely di...

 
 
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Review: Les Miserables, Episode Six (Part 1)

Readers, for the sixth and final(ish) time, welcome back to my review of BBC’s miniseries, Les Miserables - episode 6, part 1. I have so much to say that we're just going to have to slice this up across two posts...all the more ...

 
 
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Review: Les Miserables, Episode Five

Readers, you are welcomed to the fifth week of Victor Hugo-inspired raving! What's eerily prescient about this episode is the way in which it echoes the ongoing real-life protests by the gilet jaunes, a French grassroots activist group ...

 
 
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Review: The Kid Who Would Be King

There's a certain magic to the perfect childhood movie. It involves the right mix of high adventure, coming of age, poor parental supervision, and the innocence of youth. The 80s was jam-packed with movies that somehow nailed this (or maybe...

 
 
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Review: Les Miserables, Episode Four

Reflecting so far on the miniseries Les Misérables, it’s been a fantastic ride. Jean Valjean has completely turned his life around from convicted felon to mayor and employer of an entire town; afterwards, he makes amends...

 
 
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Review: Can You Ever Forgive Me?

It’s been thrown around a lot that this would be the defining performance of Melissa McCarthy’s career, and I have to admit that I entirely believe this to be the case. Ironically, even as unrecognizable as she was, her perfor...

 
 
 
 
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Review: Les Miserables, Episode Three

To say that I was in shock after this week's episode would be a monumental understatement. Aside from the fact that I have been completely awestruck by Dominic West’s performance throughout the first and second episodes, there ha...

 
 
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Review: Capernaum

Capernaum made me think that we’re so privileged in the West: there are so many cultures in the world that haven’t had the safety and security -- on a national, local and personal level -- that many of us have experienced. ...

 
 
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Review: Les Miserables, Episode Two

Welcome back! After last week’s pilot, I’m really glad to say that the BBC adaptation of Les Misérables is soaring. Thanks to the enduring patience of Flixist’s US writers, who have given me free reign to cover wh...

 
 
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Review: Les Miserables, Episode One

While I don’t often review individual shows, this is a unique and rare instance where the worlds of film, musical theatre, literature and TV come together in glorious harmony, or at least like competing relatives forced to be civil ...

 
 
 
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Review: Bumblebee

Michael Bay lost it somewhere along the way. Sure, he was always grandiose and absurd, but his action held together and his movies were fun. Look back at any of his classics and they are still exactly that. At one point, he was a good actio...

 
 
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Review: Mary Poppins Returns

We're in an era of sequels and remakes, and with 2018 being the biggest box office year in the history of cinema we're going to be getting plenty more. If a studio can bring something old and beloved back they're probably going to do it. It...

 
 
 
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Woody headed for a carnival setting in new Toy Story 4 poster

After multiple plot changes and an entire crew reshuffle since Toy Story 4 was first announced - screenwriters Rashida Jones and Will McCormack have walked away, and controversy surrounding John Lasseter booting him out - nobody seems quite...

 
 
 
 
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Watch The LEGO Movie on YouTube for free this Friday

As if the news of the second LEGO Movie couldn’t get any better, YouTube has teamed up with Warner Bros. for a Black Friday publicity move, streaming The LEGO Movie for free this week - for one day only! On the back of yesterday&rsq...

 
 
 
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Review: Instant Family

I honestly got stuck with Instantly Family to review. Sometimes as EIC you gotta take a bullet for the team and let someone else review the big Harry Potter film (review coming later) or whatever. I was all set to take t...

 
 
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Review: Widows

A fusion of stark brutality, underhand crimes and complex systems of political and personal power, Widows is far more just than an awards-season thriller, but a sharp and forceful indictment of corruption on every level of society. I...

 
 
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Review: The Grinch

Believe it or not, prior to my screening I wasn't paying that much attention to Illumination's The Grinch, but from what I did see I thought the film was going to try something a little new with the character and focus on how he became...

 
 
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Review: The Great Buster

Why is it so flipping funny to watch a grown man fall over? I don’t know, but Buster Keaton realized this from a young age and basically built his career on pratfalls and slapstick gags. Here he is - again and again - falling flat on ...

 
 
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Review: All Creatures Here Below

All Creatures Here Below is not a horror, but maybe it should be. In my time as a film critic I’ve seen some things (and I mean, seen some things), but there’s no other way of putting it: that was some disturbing stuff right t...

 
 
 
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Review: Wild Rose (London Film Festival)

Every now and then there comes a film that’s just what you need: something life-affirming, something with just the right balance of reality and fantasy, something with a big ol’ glug of Nashville warbling. Yep, Wild Rose had it ...

 
 
 
 
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Review: A Star is Born

I feel like I've been availed with trailers for A Star is Born since last year. This movie has a lot going on so it needed the head start: Bradley Cooper writing, producing and directing, Lady Gaga (billed as Lady Gaga) in her fir...

 
 
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Review: Bad Times at the El Royale

Genre deconstruction is awesome when done right. When it's done wrong it comes across as trite, like the filmmaker doesn't actually understand the very genre they want to take apart. However, when it's done right you get films that help def...

 
 
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Review: Venom

It is really easy to tear Venom apart. There are a myriad of issues with it from casting to screenplay to plotting to... well, everything. Superhero movies have come a long way in the past ten years, and Venom feels like...

 
 
 




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Hanna"Unique just means alone"

 

Mary Magdalene"The Passion 0.5"

 

Missing Link"No no, I think I found it all"

 

Hellboy"Oh boy..."

 

Ploey"A parent-child team review!"

 

Master Z: Ip Man Legacy"AKA: How to waste Michelle Yeoh"

 

Girls of the Sun"Women taking freedom into their own hands"

 

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote"The impossible dream meets the imperfect reality"

 

Rottentail"10,000 square feet of holiness"

 

The Haunting of Sharon Tate"Haunting for all the wrong reasons"

 

The Wind"A prairie home cacodemon"

 

Pet Sematary"Sometimes remade is better"

 

Peterloo"The sound of silence"

 

Shazam!"Say my name"

 

Trip of Compassion"Everything you know about PTSD, rewritten"

 

Dogman"Kindness can only get you so far"

 

Screwball"A swing for the fences results in a groundout "

 

Ramen Shop"Passes inspection"

 

The Beach Bum""Ain't that far down if we don't look, right?""

 

Dumbo"Guess how I'm feeling? Dumbo."

 

The Hummingbird Project"Nothing more exciting than laying cable"

 

Arrested Development - Season Five Part Two"They've Made a Huge Mistake"

 

Us"Turns out, the real monsters were us all along"

 

Relaxer"Sit back and relax (and also probably vomit a bunch)"

 

SXSW The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash"What is a man if he doesn't have a spirit"

 
 
 
 
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