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Rating Title/Year Author
The Founder (2016) Keva York With Donald Trump the President-elect of the United States, The Founder acquires new and tragic relevance as a parable for these uncertain times. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
The Lovers and the Despot (2016) Keva York The Lovers and the Despot is undoubtedly a gripping and moving piece, its story of the bizarre love triangle between the dictator, the famous couple, and the cinema an astounding chapter in North Korean lore. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
Cosmos (2015) Keva York Cosmos is a masterful, if at times exasperating, exploration of the concomitant fertility and futility in textual worlds. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
Don't Blink -- Robert Frank (2015) Keva York If you're looking for insight into this fiercely uncompromising artist, maybe train your unblinking eyes on his art instead. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
Kiki (2016) Keva York There is a bittersweet quality to Kiki, with the strength and beauty of those in the scene always offset by the ignorance or fear of those outside it. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016) Keva York The resultant film is an exhilarating, fascinating, and somewhat terrifying meditation on the consequences of connection. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
The Children Act (2017) Valerie Ng Adam Henry initially exudes genuinely a sense of uncertain distance, post-transfusion, as he becomes increasingly fanatic... and as the sentimentality piles on in heavy, predictable slops, the film's sensitivity curdles unpleasantly into scepticism. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019
A German Youth (2015) Conor Bateman A uniquely compelling look at an oft-simplified time in German history and forces audiences to grapple not only with the shift from protest group to violent organisation but also the means through which we engage with that kind of narrative. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018
The Green Fog (2017) Keva York The directors of The Green Fog offer a deliberately sketchy impression of Hitchcock's film; playful and expressionistic rather than strictly mimetic. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2018
People's Republic of Desire (2018) Valerie Ng Wu's mostly glass-eyed filmic observations also allow Desire to remain safely in shallow waters, never truly interrogating its subjects in a way that could lead to revelation. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2018
Good Manners (2017) Kai Perrignon Good Manners is at its most fascinating when it leaves the old song behind and explores the murky space between pain and ecstasy. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2018
Destroyer (2018) Alexandra Heller-Nicholas Hopes were high for her latest, Destroyer, and Kusama has delivered beyond what even her admirers might have hoped. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2018
In Fabric (2018) Alexandra Heller-Nicholas In Fabric could be glibly pitched as Strickland's Are You Being Served? via Edward Gorey and Jess Franco. As always, though, the filmmaker has made it something joyfully his own. EDIT
Posted Oct 2, 2018
Tyrel (2018) Ivana Brehas Tyrel's refusal to leave the bounds of realism lends it a unique intrigue and unpredictability. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
The Price of Everything (2018) Valerie Ng A surface-level farce of the contemporary art market which never truly breaks away... At times, the film gives the impression of a broken record. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2018
Caniba (2017) Kenta McGrath The film is content to depict Sagawa's morbid fascinations in a bold and unconventional way, rather than question its own; it's easier to feel and sense than to try to understand. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2018
Nina Forever (2015) Alexandra Heller-Nicholas Bodies know things that our brains sometimes cannot comprehend, and Nina Forever is a horror film about learning to listen. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2018
9/10 Baskin (2015) Alexandra Heller-Nicholas Baskin at its heart both reveals and revels in the self-defeating, inescapable rituals of masculinity, and the visceral, inescapable horrors that can accompany them. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2018
Graffiti Bridge (1990) Alexandra Heller-Nicholas Graffiti Bridge may be far from perfect, but it is also a fascinating film in a number of ways, due as much to its strengths as its weaknesses. EDIT
Posted Aug 25, 2018
A Woman Captured (2017) Kenta McGrath Despite the troubled navigation of its own approach and ethics, as a documentation of human exploitation in a time and place where many won't expect to find it, A Woman Captured is illuminating viewing. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2018
Stray (2018) Doug Dillaman While not an apolitical film...Feneley never lets social commentary overpower his narrative, constantly returning to the internal struggle, and never romanticising the damage his protagonists suffer from. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2018
Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle (2017) Angelica Waite In his debut feature documentary, Salmeron collates an eclectic array of footage into a loving and celebratory portrait of his vivacious and determinedly spirited mother. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2018
3 Days in Quiberon (2018) Alexandra Heller-Nicholas The film argues that no life can be reduced to a handful of anecdotes, or a simplistic media image that a living, breathing human being has little hope of living up to. EDIT
Posted Jul 20, 2018
The Long Season (2017) Jeremy Elphick As in all his films, the primary interest is in human intimacy - and in The Long Season, that focus is drawn to the intricacies of how the conflict echoes on the small scale... EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2018
A Mother Brings Her Son to Be Shot (2017) Conor Bateman A Mother Brings Her Son to Be Shot, an impressive and intimate look at the impact of paramilitary violence in Derry. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2018
Piercing (2018) Kai Perrignon As Piercing aptly demonstrates, desire and ability are two entirely different things. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2018
Forushande (2016) Luke Goodsell The Salesman pulls off a tricky highwire act once Rama's attacker is eventually found... EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2017
Women Who Kill (2016) Janice Loreck This macabre innovation upon the romantic scenario is the film's most appealing characteristic, as well as the source of much of its humour. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2017
Busanhaeng (2016) Peter Wright Hurtling along at breakneck speed, Yeon Sang-ho's Train to Busan tears up the screen like any ravenous zombie horde would human flesh. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2017
Hidden Figures (2016) Lidiya Josifova The ultimate value of Hidden Figures is couched in its ability to empower the viewer; it occasionally indulges in populist cinema's most frequent vice of uninhibited emotion but these moments, and our reactions, are always earned. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2017
Call Me by Your Name (2017) Eloise Ross This is not simply a story of an introvert and an extrovert finding love with one another, but a portrait of desire, told with Guadagnino's unique and detailed attention to place. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2017
Highly Recommended Columbus (2017) Eloise Ross Columbus doles out information in a restrained manner, building rich characters without falling back on exposition, leaving spaces for viewers to fill with their own thoughts. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2017
Ciao Ciao (2017) Mei Chew Ciao Ciao examines an instance of friction, one of many which both strain and support the homogenising, nationalist momentum that marches ever forwards and looks never to what is outside the centre. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2017
Ama-San (2016) Blythe Worthy Ama-San is a bewitching dive into both family and national history alive with the symbiotic relationship the ama have with their environment... EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2017
One Thousand Ropes (2016) Talei Luscia ... a poignant rendering of a Samoan indigeneity, adrift and unmoored in urban diaspora of Aotearoa/New Zealand. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2017
Daguerrotype (2016) Alexandra Heller-Nicholas In the photography-centred world of Daguerrotype, surfaces constantly overpower the depths-it is a film about the ephemerality of representation transcending the very materiality of the things it seeks to represent. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2017
The Innocents (2016) Blythe Worthy ... testament to history's neglect of feminine trauma. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2017
Sexy Durga (2017) Nicholas Godfrey South Indian director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan's Rotterdam Tiger Award-winning third feature is a technically dazzling and wilfully onerous thriller that walks an uncertain line between advocacy and exploitation. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2017
Fashionista (2016) Alexandra Heller-Nicholas .. a flawless dive into the subjectivity of loss, trauma and physical sensation. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2017
Pamilya Ordinaryo (2016) Sevana Ohandjanian This desperation that grips the couple... is palpable to the audience. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2017
The Forest of the Lost Souls (2017) Alexandra Heller-Nicholas Clocking in at just 70 minutes, when The Forest of Lost Souls gets it right, it excels... EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2017
Los niños (2016) Sevana Ohandjanian The Grown-Ups is a delight, made with affection and nuance by a filmmaker who doesn't patronise her characters. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2017
The War Show (2016) Isabelle Galet-Lalande ... The War Show will linger as a bloodied testament to the loss and sacrifice faced by those forced into diaspora. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2017
Angry Inuk (2016) C.J. Prince [Director Alethea] Arnaquq-Baril has an undoubtedly difficult challenge on her hands: convincing viewers that slaughtering seals is, in fact, a good thing. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2017
It's Not Yet Dark (2016) Andréas Giannopoulos Unfortunately, it becomes very clear very quickly that the strangely condescending nature of Fenton's opening image isn't an ironic set-up for later deconstruction. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2017
Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World (2017) Andréas Giannopoulos What makes this secret history even more powerful is the incredible sadness about it all. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2017
Ejdeha Vared Mishavad! (2016) Alexandra Heller-Nicholas ... further evidence that Iran is one of the leading national cinemas when it comes to understanding the subtle mechanics of experimenting with film genre. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2017
It Comes at Night (2017) Isabelle Galet-Lalande The film's crawling pace will no doubt alienate audiences looking for immediate thrills, but title is far from deceptive: the monsters are all there, only they are dressed in civilian clothing. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2017
My Life as a Zucchini (2016) Blythe Worthy ... a fascinating venture in social realism. EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2017
Brimstone & Glory (2017) Nicholas Godfrey The film's visual style emphasises the transcendent spectacle... EDIT
Posted Dec 15, 2017