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Cult Column: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

“Random thoughts for Valentine’s Day 2004: today is a holiday invented by greeting card companies to make people feel like crap.” Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind begins with a miserable monologue from Joel (Jim Carrey), who – in an act of out-of-character spontaneity – ditches his fellow commuters and catches a train out to […]

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Suspiria

Fans of Call Me By Your Name beware — Luca Guadagnino’s follow up to last year’s adored tale of tender romance swaps the heat of rural Italy for Cold War Berlin, and young lovers for ancient witches. There are no peaches in Suspiria, but bones crack, flesh rots and a shit-tonne of heads explode. Which is not […]

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EIFF 2018: Eaten By Lions

With their parents literally eaten by lions (‘ROAR BLIMEY’, reads a tabloid headline) and their grandmother and guardian also recently deceased, Omar (Antonio Aakeel) and Pete (Jack Carroll) are sent to live with their patronising, mildly racist uncle and aunt. When it becomes clear that the couple are only interested in adopting Pete, and not […]

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Interview: Marc Meyers talks his portrait of a teenage serial killer ‘My Friend Dahmer’

Of the countless serial killer narratives hitting the big and small screens at the moment, none is better than David Fincher’s Mindhunter. The show focuses on the efforts of late-1970s FBI agents to establish a criminal profiling system for serial killers, with the aim of preventing future cases. It’s impressive stuff, but watching writer-director Marc […]

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Interview: Michel Hazanavicius on his Jean-Luc Godard comedy ‘Redoubtable’

On the 50th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival being shut down by French New Wave icon Jean-Luc Godard amid a period of civil unrest, and with a new Godard feature in competition for the festival’s coveted Palme d’Or jury prize this month, there’s an exceptional timeliness to the UK release of Michel Hazanavicius’s Redoubtable (‘Le […]

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Interview: Director Michael Pearce on his adult fairy tale ‘Beast’

In her comfortable Jersey home with her birthday party about to begin, 27-year-old Moll (Jessie Buckley) rehearses the fakest of smiles in the mirror – the first indication of Beast’s preoccupation with the masks its characters wear. Home schooled after a violent incident as a teenager and still kept on a tight leash by her […]

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Klimowski Poster Book

The average modern-day film poster, usually a garish montage of stars drowned in an excess of legally-required accreditation, is more closely associated with commercialism and mass reproduction than it is with any sense of artistic merit. This hasn’t, however, been true of Poland, whose rich poster tradition survived and perhaps even flourished during its communist […]

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Annihilation

Alex Garland’s sophomore directorial effort Annihilation begins with solder-turned-scientist Lena (Natalie Portman) dealing with the sudden reappearance of her military husband Kane (Oscar Isaac), who has been missing for a year. Only Kane seems changed; he is quiet, vague and, to put it mildly, very unwell. With Kane alarmingly coughing up blood, the couple are detained […]