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the assassin: review

Posted by on May 26, 2016 in , ,

Admirers of period martial arts films like Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Zhang Yimou’s Hero will enjoy the latest film from Taiwanese master Hou Hsiao-Hsein. In fact, Hou’s first film for eight years, raises the bar on the wuxia ...Read More


victoria: review

Posted by on May 26, 2016 in , ,

Shot over two hours in a single, continuous take, Sebastian Schipper’s immersive German crime drama presents a huge logistical and artistic challenge. Whereas previous single take films like Hitchcock’s Rope or Alexander Sokurov’s Russian Ark t ...Read More


green room: review

Posted by on May 13, 2016 in , ,

Blue Ruin, the previous film from writer-director Jeremy Saulnier, was a grubby, low-key revenge drama that showcased not only Saulnier’s love for genre films but also his ingenuity working with a miniscule budget. For The Green Room, he stays deep ...Read More


janis: little girl blue – review

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in , ,

Janis Joplin has been poorly served by the movies. There have been several failed attempts at biopics, involving Renée Zellweger, Pink, Zooey Deschanel, Brittany Murphy and Amy Adams, and only one substantial documentary – 1974’s Janis – until ...Read More


a war: review

Posted by on May 9, 2016 in , ,

Among many recent conflicts, movies have been slow to respond to the war in Afghanistan. There have been two notable exceptions – The Patrol and Kajaki: The True Story, both of which have followed British soldiers stationed in Helmand Province. A W ...Read More