20th Oct2015

LFF 2015: ‘Queen of Earth’ Review

by Mark Allen

Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Katherine Waterston, Patrick Fugit, Kentucker Audley, Kate Lyn Sheil, Keith Poulson | Written and Directed by Alex Ross Perry When two friends retreat to a lakeside cabin for a week, it’s not a holiday in the strictest sense: Catherine (Elisabeth Moss) is seeking refuge from both her recently dissolved relationship and the […]

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13th Oct2015

LFF 2015: ‘Green Room’ Review

by Mark Allen

Stars: Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Patrick Stewart, Alia Shawkat, Macon Blair, Mark Webber, Joe Cole, Callum Turner | Written and Directed by Jeremy Saulnier A struggling punk band decides to play a gig that they really shouldn’t in Green Room, writer-director Jeremy Saulnier’s blistering follow-up to his 2013 sleeper hit Blue Ruin. The story sees the four-piece (with Anton Yelchin […]

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12th Oct2015

LFF 2015: ‘Tangerine’ Review

by Mark Allen

Stars: Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, Karren Karagulian, Mickey O’Hagan, James Ransone, Alla Tumanian, Luiza Nersisyan | Written by Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch | Directed by Sean Baker As a concept, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Tangerine sounds like an overambitious student film project. Filmed entirely on iPhones, we follow the travails of Sindee-Rella (Kitana Kiki […]

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10th Oct2015

LFF 2015: Danny Stack talks ‘Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg?’

by Phil Wheat

Four misfit kids on a summer camp holiday think the camp’s mascot has been murdered so they try to find out Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg? With the film screening at LFF, Nerdly writer and host of the Britflicks podcast, Stuart Wright, speaks to co-writer/director/producer Danny Stack about making his debut feature film and the prospect […]

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08th Oct2015

LFF 2015: ‘High-Rise’ Review

by Mark Allen

Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller, Jeremy Irons, Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss, Keeley Hawes, Sienna Guillory, Reece Shearsmith, James Purefoy, Stacy Martin, Alexandra Weaver | Based on the Novel by JG Ballard | Screenplay by Amy Jump | Directed by Ben Wheatley First we’re given a glimpse at the end of the story we’re about to see unfold: Tom Hiddleston’s neurosurgeon Robert […]

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08th Oct2015

LFF 2015: ‘When Marnie Was There’ Review

by Mark Allen

Stars: Sara Takatsuki, Kasumi Arimura, Nanako Matsushima | Written by Keiko Niwa, Masashi Ando, Hiromasa Yonebayashi | Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi Many a tear will be shed in the presence of Studio Ghibli’s latest – and possibly last – feature film. The company holds such emotional sway over its audiences unrivalled by any other animation studio (except for, say, Pixar) […]

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07th Oct2015

LFF 2015: ‘Suffragette’ Review

by Mark Allen

Stars: Carey Mulligan, Anne-Marie Duff, Helena Bonham Carter, Romola Garai, Meryl Streep, Ben Whishaw, Natalie Press, Brendan Gleeson, Geoff Bell | Written by Abi Morgan | Directed by Sarah Gavron Two of the most violent and disturbing films of the last year are both period dramas about voting rights. The first is Selma, the story […]

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02nd Oct2015

LFF 2015: ‘Beeba Boys’ Review

by Mark Allen

Stars: Randeep Hooda, Ali Momen, Sarah Allen, Waris Ahluwalia, Ali Kazmi, Steve Dhillon, Jag Bal, Gabe Grey, Dileep Rao, Gia  | Written and Directed by Deepa Mehta Beeba Boys starts with a scene straight out of Goodfellas: six men drive to a rendezvous, telling jokes and ribbing one another. They arrive at the—, three expensive-looking cars meeting […]

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01st Oct2015

LFF 2015: ‘Mountains May Depart’ Review

by Mark Allen

Stars: Zhao Tao, Zhang Yi, Liang Jin Dong, Dong Zijian, Sylvia Chang | Written and Directed by Jia Zhangke Admitting this is the first film by Jia Zhangke that I’ve seen may lose me some street cred, but I was pleased to finally discover the filmmaker via his latest exploration of modern China, Mountains May Depart. A universal story of the […]

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29th Sep2015

LFF 2015: ‘Madame Courage’ Review

by Mark Allen

Stars: Adlane Djemil, Lamia Bezouaoui, Leila Tilmatine | Written and Directed by Merzak Allouache A pill-popping purse-snatcher by day and habitual terror to his mother by night, Omar (Adlane Djemil) is a young man we can all relate to. Living in an Algerian shanty town and making ends meet fencing stolen goods only to buy himself Artane tablets (also […]

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28th Sep2015

LFF 2015: ’21 Nights With Pattie’ Review

by Mark Allen

Stars: Isabelle Carré, Andre Dussollier, Denis Lavant, Sergi López, Mathilde Monnier, Laurent Poitrenaux, Philippe Rebbot, Karin Viard | Written and Directed by Arnaud Larrieu & Jean-Marie Larrieu Shortly after her estranged mother’s death, middle-aged Caroline travels to her palatial house in the country to settle affairs and bury her. She intends to stop for a night, attend the ceremony […]

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26th Sep2015

LFF 2015: ‘He Named Me Malala’ Review

by Mark Allen

Featuring: Malala Yousafzai, Ziauddin Yousafzai | Directed by Davis Guggenheim Some people make you feel so damn lazy. Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist who was shot in the head by Taliban for speaking out about the importance of educating women, accomplished more by the time she was 17 than most of us will do in our entire lives. […]

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26th Sep2015

LFF 2015: ‘Men & Chicken’ Review

by Mark Allen

Stars: David Dencik, Mads Mikkelsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Soren Malling, Nicolas Bro, Rikke Louise Andersson, Lisbet Dahl | Written and Directed by Anders Thomas Jensen Looking for all the world like an absurd family farce directed by David Cronenberg (albeit in Danish), Men & Chicken certainly gets points for its commitment to oddness. Its premise sees two brothers, Elias […]

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