Film Reviews

The Lovebirds (Review)

DIRECTOR: Michael Showalter

CAST: Kumail Nanjiani, Issa Rae, Anna Camp, Paul Sparks, Betsy Borrego, Kyle Bornheimer, Kelly Murtagh, Moses Storm

RUNNING TIME: 86 mins

CERTIFICATE: 15

BASICALLY…: A couple (Nanjiani and Rae) find themselves caught in the middle of a murder mystery…

 

 

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Remenber that movie The Break-Up? Y’know, the one where Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn played a couple who decide to call it quits, only for neither of them to want to move out of […]

The Wrong Missy (Review)

DIRECTOR: Tyler Spindel

CAST: David Spade, Lauren Lapkus, Geoff Pierson, Sarah Chalke, Molly Sims, Nick Swardson, Jackie Sandler, Chris Witaske, Roman Reigns

RUNNING TIME: 89 mins

CERTIFICATE: 15

BASICALLY…: After meeting the woman of his dreams, Tim (Spade) invites her to his company retreat in Hawaii – only to realise he accidentally invited the wrong woman (Lapkus)…

 

 

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When it was first announced that Adam Sandler’s production company Happy Madison had struck an exclusive distribution deal with […]

The Whistlers (Review)

DIRECTOR: Corneliu Porumboiu

CAST: Vlad Ivanov, Catrinel Marlon, Rodica Lazar, Agustí Villaronga, Sabin Tambrea, Cristóbal Pinto, Sergiu Costache, Antonio Buíl, István Téglás, George Pistereanu, David Agranov, Andrew A. Popescu, Julieta Szönyi

RUNNING TIME: 97 mins

CERTIFICATE: 15

BASICALLY…: A corrupt police detective (Ivanov) learns a unique whistling language to pull off an ambitious crime…

 

 

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Long considered a pioneer of Romanian New Wave cinema, Corneliu Porumboiu’s films have captivated numerous critics and audiences on the festival circuit, […]

The Wretched (Review)

DIRECTORS: Brett Pierce and Drew T. Pierce

CAST: John-Paul Howard, Piper Curda, Zarah Mahler, Azie Tesfai, Jamison Jones, Kevin Bigley, Gabriela Bloomgarden, Richard Ellis, Blane Crockarell, Ross Kidder, Kasey Bell, Madelynn Stuenkel

RUNNING TIME: 96 mins

CERTIFICATE: 15

BASICALLY…: A teenager (Howard) makes a disturbing discovery about the family living next door to him…

 

 

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Back in the summer of 2013, I went to see a film called The Way, Way Back, a coming-of-age drama about a […]

The Assistant (Review)

DIRECTOR: Kitty Green

CAST: Julia Garner, Matthew Macfadyen, Kristine Froseth, Makenzie Leigh, Noah Robbins, Jon Orsini, Dagmara Domińczyk, Purva Bedi, Alexander Chaplin, Juliana Canfield, Bregje Heinen, Patrick Wilson

RUNNING TIME: 85 mins

CERTIFICATE: 15

BASICALLY…: Jane (Garner), who works as an assistant to a powerful film executive, slowly uncovers the shady behaviours of her boss and co-workers…

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Harvey Weinstein is never mentioned by name in The Assistant, but it’s very clear he was a main source […]

The Half of It (Review)

DIRECTOR: Alice Wu

CAST: Leah Lewis, Daniel Diemer, Alexxis Lemire, Catherine Curtin, Collin Chou, Enrique Murciano, Wolfgang Novogratz, Becky Ann Baker, Gabi Samels, Megan Stier

RUNNING TIME: 104 mins

CERTIFICATE: 12A

BASICALLY…: A shy high school student (Lewis) is asked by the school jock (Diemer) to woo the pretty Aster (Lemire) on his behalf, but she ends up falling for Aster too…

 

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Edmond Rostand’s classic play Cyrano de Bergerac, in which the titular character woos the […]

Ema (Review)

DIRECTOR: Pablo Larraín

CAST: Mariana Di Girolamo, Gael García Bernal, Paola Giannini, Santiago Cabrera, Giannina Fruttero, Josefina Fiebelkorn, Paula Hofmann, Paula Luchsinger, Antonia Giesen, Catalina Saavedra, Mariana Loyola, Susana Hidalgo, Cristian Felipe Suarez

RUNNING TIME: 102 mins

CERTIFICATE: 15

BASICALLY…: A couple (Girolamo and Bernal) deals with the aftermath of an adoption that goes awry as their household falls apart…

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Every once in a while, there comes along a film that nearly every critic in the […]

Dangerous Lies (Review)

DIRECTOR: Michael Scott

CAST: Camila Mendes, Jessie T. Usher, Jamie Chung, Cam Gigandet, Sasha Alexander, Elliott Gould, Nick Purcha

RUNNING TIME: 96 mins

CERTIFICATE: 15

BASICALLY…: When a caregiver (Mendes) is unexpectedly left a dead man’s estate, she is drawn into a web of conspiracy and murder…

 

 

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One of the many surprises in last year’s Knives Out was the heavy focus on Ana de Armas’ caregiver character, who – mild spoilers for that film – turned […]

Sea Fever (Review)

DIRECTOR: Neasa Hardiman

CAST: Connie Nielsen, Hermione Corfield, Dougray Scott, Olwen Fouéré, Jack Hickey, Ardalan Esmaili, Elie Bouakaze

RUNNING TIME: 95 mins

CERTIFICATE: 15

BASICALLY…: The crew of a fishing trawler fight for their lives when a mysterious parasite infects their water supply…

 

 

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Take your mind off of a world where a deadly viral infection is killing people and the only way to stop the spread seems to be to keep a distance from other people, […]

Moffie (Review)

DIRECTOR: Oliver Hermanus

CAST: Kai Luke Brummer, Ryan de Villiers, Matthew Vey, Stefan Vermaak, Hilton Pelser, Wynand Ferreira, Hendrick Nieuwoudt

RUNNING TIME: 99 mins

CERTIFICATE: 18

BASICALLY…: Nicholas (Brummer), a young soldier fighting for Apartheid in South Africa, becomes conflicted when his inner desires start to emerge…

 

 

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Not since the Nazi regime has there been an authority quite as brutally discriminatory as Apartheid; the segregation policy in South Africa and South West Africa during much of […]

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