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Sleep with, not on, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Starring two of the finest (and finest-looking) actors of their generation, this underrated gem is as much a study of the baggage of thirst as of its timeless appeal. “Take off your clothes” “But you saw everything last night” “Well,…

The Unlikely Epics

“Lawrence of Arabia”, “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “Star Wars” are amongst the most famous examples of epics. Even if you have not seen them, you have certainly heard of them. The genre holds a special and elusive position in…

“Colette”: A feminist portrait more forgettable than its subject

Colette had a daunting task: to defy gender norms and explore how an overshadowed artist can forge her own identity. The well-assembled biopic’s messages of empowerment are refreshingly authentic. But January sees the release of two other female-led period dramas.…

“The Favourite”: the period drama genre sharpens its teeth

Rachel Weisz perched seductively on Olivia Colman’s lap, both dressed in Stuart-era attire. Emma Stone shooting a pigeon, splattering blood over Weisz’s face. Colman, Weisz and Stone taking a mud bath together, making moustaches with the filth they bathe in.…

“Support the Girls” director on the pitfalls of optimism and the underrated Regina Hall

In Support the Girls, Lisa is a manager of a sports bar similar to Hooters where a particular type of service is expected from the all-female wait staff. Lisa has a continuous strength and inexplicable optimism. Her employees are her…

2018 in Film: What You Missed and What Is Yet To Come

Whilst you were splashing your student loans on Avengers: Infinity War and Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom, some good cinema went under your radar. Here are a few picks of what you might have missed and what is new.   What you missed Shirkers…

2018’s Top Ten Films

The Review staff writers came together to decide this year’s top ten films and to highlight some of 2018’s biggest disappointments.   10) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (wri-dir. Martin McDonagh) I’d like to reflect on one scene, by far…

“Bohemian Rhapsody”: Is It Worth Your Time?

Something I didn’t expect happened while I was watching the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody: I started enjoying myself. Not that I wasn’t looking forward to revisiting Queen’s classics, or that I was overly influenced by the movie’s numerous detractors.…

A Domestic Drama That Burns Like A Wildfire

Small-town American life has never felt so claustrophobic as in Paul Dano’s directorial debut Wildlife. Adapted from Richard Ford’s novel, the film is set in 1960s America and focuses on the trials and tribulations as experienced by the Brinson family,…

The Crimes of JK Rowling

“Nothing happens” If tearing down a bad blockbuster wasn’t so satisfying, that’s all I would say about this film. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is hereby charged with lazy writing, betraying its fan base and wasting my time. It’s…