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  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    ★★★★½

  • Money Has Four Legs

    ★★

  • Memoria

    ★★★

  • Petite Maman

    ★★★★

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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ‘Let Star Wars die, kill it if you have to’

    The 2010s will be remembered as the decade the big-budget blockbuster irreparably changed. More so than ever the latest blockbusters are created not in the minds of the director or even the empty sacks greedy executives can’t wait to fill with the dollar bills received from box office earnings, but the bedrooms of often-privileged fans with a voice loud enough to come out on top in the social media hell-scape…

  • Anna and the Apocalypse

    Anna and the Apocalypse

    ★★★★★

    Sometimes a movie just hits you at the right moment. Sometimes, a film comes out at the time when its themes are most relevant to you, or you discover it at a time when you need it most.

    While I've seen plenty of superb films in the last 18 months, two films in particular have evoked this feeling in me and helped me to view things in a different way, featuring huge parallels to my own personal life which allows…

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  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    The Tragedy of Macbeth

    ★★★★½

    BFI London Film Festival 2021 #33 (THE FINAL FILM!)

    Probably the best that Shakespeare has ever been on the big screen, coupled with some of the best performances of the playwright’s iconic words.

    What makes this so good is how the film brings out the original script without simply becoming a recorded stage recital, taking advantage of the best elements of both mediums to create this adaptation. What that means is pared-back scenery and staging, often going for almost avant-garde…

  • Money Has Four Legs

    Money Has Four Legs

    ★★

    BFI London Film Festival 2021 #32

    What has the potential to be a unique meta-commentary on production difficulties, censorship and funding in the Burmese film industry is let down on a technical level from achieving the success it could.

    On paper this seems awesome. The film is open to exploring the impacts of legislation on creativity in the country through the eyes of a man shooting his first feature, before the story of the film transforms into a sort-of heist…

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