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Cult Column: Prisoners, Denis Villeneuve’s masterful modern thriller

The director of Dune has much more to offer in his back-catalogue. The highly anticipated, star-studded Dune adaptation has meant its director, Denis Villeneuve, is suddenly in the spotlight, even before his creation is on our screens. Even though it has not yet been released, the film seems to already have secured spot in mainstream […]

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Cult Column: Donnie Darko

I have watched Donnie Darko twice, a few months apart. The first time I saw the theatrical release. The second, I saw the director’s cut, which contained a plot dimension entirely missing from the first one. However, as the credits rolled, I still had little idea what this movie is about. The only thing I […]

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Velvet Buzzsaw

Velvet Buzzsaw is the newest addition in a recent string of attempts to revive the horror genre with innovative ideas, after years of stagnation and poor quality. In this, it is relatively successful, as it delivers genuine suspense with only a few badly executed or underdeveloped elements. It is a film that has a lot […]

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Wildlife

Paul Dano’s directorial debut Wildlife is undeniably a career-making moment, but not for Dano. Rather, in a film which could be described as pretty but empty, Carey Mulligan shines. Breaking out of previously girlish roles, her emotional depth spreads throughout the whole film, sweeping away the other two central characters in her wake. The opening […]

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Okja

Okja is a Marmite film. Either you adore it, or you (like myself) find its wasted potential pretty disappointing. Highly anticipated by many and much-discussed, this film is dividing its viewers; aptly foreshadowed by both the boos and ovations it received at Cannes Film Festival, prior to its major release on Netflix in June. Reminiscent […]

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Life

Not since Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity have I felt such palpable stress in a cinema auditorium, and this is to the credit of Daniel Espinosa’s sci-fi thriller, Life. His unimaginatively-titled offering to the genre is a nightmare for the blood pressure but, sadly, not quite so stimulating on the brain. The premise is simple: cell samples […]

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Nocturnal Animals

Nocturnal Animals is a harrowing account of loss, revenge and justice; a set of entangled tales in which we see the catalytic devastation of heartbreak. In this – his sophomore film – Tom Ford flourishes with a completely engrossing tale which exudes suspense and fulfills our expectations with meticulous attention to detail and beautiful cinematography. […]