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The Salesman (Forushande)

Directed by Asghar Farhadi Starring Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti, Babak Karimi, Mina Sadati, Farid Sajjadi Hosseini and Shirin Aghakashi In UK Cinemas March 17th, 2017 Pre-order on iTunes or by Richard Hamer The Salesman arrives in the UK newly flushed with Oscar success, the second Academy Award for writer-director Asghar Farhadi. It’s a drama of […]

Personal Shopper

Directed by Olivier Assayas Starring Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Sigrid Bouaziz, Anders Danielsen Lie, Ty Olwin and Hammou Graïa In UK Cinemas March 17th, 2017 Pre-order on iTunes by Joanna Orland Personal Shopper was notoriously booed at its 2016 Cannes Film Festival premiere, yet went on to garner accolades from many well-respected critics and even […]

The Fits

Directed by Anna Rose Holmer Starring Royalty Hightower Available on Digital Download March 13th and on DVD March 20th, 2017 Watch on iTunes or by Joanna Orland The Fits is much more of an allegory than a plot-driven movie. Slow and somewhat abstract in nature with very little dialogue in the foreground, the film follows […]

Certain Women

Directed by Kelly Reichardt Starring Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams, Lily Gladstone, James Le Gros and Jared Harris In UK Cinemas March 3rd, 2017 by Joanna Orland Kelly Reichardt’s minimalist directorial style hasn’t noticeably evolved across such films including Wendy and Lucy and the less affective Night Moves (these being the only two other […]

Elle

Directed by Paul Verhoeven Starring Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte and Anne Consigny In UK Cinemas March 10th, 2017 Pre-order on iTunes or by Richard Hamer You come to Elle with certain assurances of its quality: Dozens of awards for both the movie and its lead, Isabelle Huppert. It’s Palme d’Or nominated and, most recently, Golden […]

Berlinale 2017

Berlinale February 9th-19th, 2017 Berlin, Germany Introduction by Joanna Orland Film reviews by Laura Patricia Jones The 67th Berlin International Film Festival descended upon the German capital bringing with it a host of celebrities, industry members, films and its reputation as the world’s biggest public festival with a total of 334,471 tickets sold. This year’s […]

John Wick: Chapter 2

Directed by Chad Stahelski Starring Keanu Reeves, Common, Riccardo Scamarcio, Laurence Fishburne, Ruby Rose, Bridget Moynahan, Lance Reddick, Franco Nero, John Leguizamo, and Ian McShane In UK Cinemas February 17th, 2017 with previews on Valentine’s Day by Richard Hamer John Wick: Chapter 2 presents the perfect sequel: The well-choreographed action, the outlandish world-building, the silly […]

Berlinale: Golden Exits

Golden Exits Directed by Alex Ross Perry Starring Emily Browning, Adam Horovitz, Jason Schwartzman, Chloë Sevigny, Mary-Louise Parker, Lily Rabe and Analeigh Tipton by Laura Patricia Jones Alex Ross Perry’s Golden Exits feels beautifully intimate and well observed, emerging us into Brooklyn summertime. But as a film about normal people in normal scenarios who don’t […]

Berlinale: Final Portrait

Final Portrait Directed by Stanley Tucci Starring Geoffrey Rush, Armie Hammer, Clémence Poésy, Tony Shalhoub, James Faulkner and Sylvie Testud by Laura Patricia Jones Based on the true story of Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush) inviting young American critic James Lord (Armie Hammer) to sit and have his portrait painted by him in Paris in 1964, […]

Berlinale: Es war einmal in Deutschland … (Bye Bye Germany)

Es war einmal in Deutschland … (Bye Bye Germany) Directed by Sam Garbarski Starring Moritz Bleibtreu, Antje Traue, Mark Ivanir, Hans Löw, Tim Seyfi, Anatole Taubman, Pal Macsai and Vaclav Jakoubek by Laura Patricia Jones Films concerning the Second World War and the Holocaust are relatively common, as are films about the aftermath of war […]