Category Archives: Review in Brief

Review in Brief: The Last Duel (2021)

Ridley Scott still does this kind of thing incredibly well. In a brutal and unflinching story, Lady Marguerite de Carrouges (Jodie Comer) accuses Jacques Le Gris (Adam Dtiver) of rape, causing her husband Sir Jean (Matt Damon) to call for … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: The Most Beautiful Boy in the World (2021)

In 1971, child actor Björn Andrésen starred in Luchino Visconti’s DEATH IN VENICE and was proclaimed by the director as “The most beautiful boy in the world”. Andrésen’s experiences making that film and his subsequent catapulting to worldwide fame changed … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: The Green Knight (2021)

David Lowery’s Arthurian epic THE GREEN KNIGHT, the most visually stunning film of the year, is finally here for British audiences to experience. In this retelling of the epic poem complete with rhymes, symbolism and ornate medieval inter-titles, Gwain (Dev … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Shorta (2020)

Slickly executed, punchy and almost unbearably tense, SHORTA really makes an impact in a world where a frankly insane amount of people from minority communities are still losing their lives to police brutality. After a botched arrest in a Danish … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: The Toll (2021)

You don’t get a Welsh gangster film every day, but THE TOLL makes you feel that’s a damn shame. It’s low-key stylish and non-linear, like PULP FICTION if it wasn’t as pleased with itself, with a rich seam of gallows … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Candyman (2021)

You have to respect Nia DaCosta’s CANDYMAN for going hard, not going home. In this belated sequel to the 1992 film, struggling artist (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) and his curator girlfriend (Teyonah Parris) living in the gentrified area of Chicago previously … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Coda (2021)

I wasn’t going to cry during CODA, but then they deployed the Joni Mitchell. Ruby (Emilia Jones) is the teenage Child of Deaf Adults, acting as her family’s interpreter on their fishing boat and in their local community. But when … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans (2021)

The TALES OF ARCADIA have been told. Over five years the intertwined animated series TROLLHUNTERS, 3BELOW and WIZARDS built to this finale, deciding the fate not only of the colourful residents of Arcadia Oaks, California, but the world. We’ve time-travelled, … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Shiva Baby (2020)

It’s going to be a hotly contested battle between SHIVA BABY and RARE BEASTS for the most uncomfortably awkward comedy released in 2021. Interestingly both are by female first-time feature directors and both show confidence in abundance and a unique … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Riders of Justice (2020)

From its fable-like opening to its really rather schmaltzy Christmas closing moments and all the sudden acts of violence in-between, Anders Thomas Jensen’s RIDERS OF JUSTICE consistently delivers the unexpected. Markus (Mads Mikkelsen) returns home from military deployment to look … Continue reading

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