Tag Archives: Drama

Review in Brief: Leave No Trace (2018)

LEAVE NO TRACE is a small story with big themes and emotions. Nothing quite matches the film’s first act with father and daughter living in the wilderness, surviving, getting on but not really communicating before we’re hit with the stark … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Happy New Year, Colin Burstead (2018)

The only implausible thing about Ben Wheatley’s latest jet-black dramedy is that any family would willingly submit to everyone being in the same location at the same time for anything other than a wedding or a funeral. We are sent … Continue reading

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Review: Beast (2017/18)

BEAST is just my jam. It’s a dark – bleak even – horror-mystery set in a far-flung and beautiful corner of the UK. It’s also a family drama where the family doesn’t enter into it much, because our lead would … Continue reading

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Review: Shoplifters (2018)

The list of Japanese films about petty crime and forgotten underclasses is short. The other that immediately springs to mind is TOKYO GODFATHERS and like Satoshi Kon’s Christmas animation, SHOPLIFTERS follows an unconventional family unit brought together on the streets … Continue reading

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Review: Private Life (2018)

This review contains spoilers for PRIVATE LIFE. Netflix are having a pretty stellar year of original content. I mean, the bad stuff is still pretty bad, but the good stuff is really good and often takes you by surprise. I … Continue reading

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Review: Wildlife (2018)

I’m not yet 30 but WILDLIFE makes me feel old. Paul Dano was the stroppy teenager in LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, now he’s directing movies. The ever-youthful looking Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal are now old enough to be playing the … Continue reading

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Review: Widows (2018)

WIDOWS is a mighty fine thriller. If you consider it a thriller, which I do. A dramatic one. A Steve McQueen film always leaves you emotionally spent and with plenty of food for thought, but this is easily his most … Continue reading

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Review: First Man (2018)

We all know this story. If you were alive for the Moon Landing then you watched it, if you weren’t then you’ve still seen the footage. With FIRST MAN, Damien Chazelle explores the cost and the impact of getting the … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: I Kill Giants (2017/18)

I KILL GIANTS is worth watching for many reasons, but one of the simpler pleasures on offer is the offhand way a character says the line “My older brother was misbegotten”. It feels like A MONSTER CALLS meets BRIDGE TO … Continue reading

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Review: Journeyman (2017/18)

I really don’t know how he does it. TYRANNOSAUR singled Paddy Considine out as a filmmaker to watch, one with a clear and distinct voice all his own. But apparently just writing and directing just didn’t quite satisfy his creative … Continue reading

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