Category: 2018

BIRDS OF PASSAGE (PÁJAROS DE VERANO) [2018]

The genre staple of establishing drug connections, drug deals going sideways and often ending ending in violence with money owed to the wrong people, has been well explored and is an arguably worn out formula. Birds of Passage is a vast re-imagining that spins…

LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT (DI QIU ZUI HOU DE YE WAN) [2018]

Ghosts and fractured memories roam freely in this sprawling, two-part saga that tugs on the strings of time itself. We follow Hongwu Luo, a quiet, unassuming man who is looking for a lost lover and a lost friend. Puzzles pile upon puzzles in this…

THE NIGHTINGALE [2018]

A major step up in scope for Jennifer Kent after her excellent debut film The Babadook, this sophomore effort is a brutal, bloody but historically honest look into both the life of women and Aboriginal People during a period in Australia’s history that is…

AT WAR (EN GUERRE) [2018]

Stéphane Brizé’s eighth feature is a David and Goliath story for the modern world. Perrin, a French car manufacturer, signed an important agreement with every worker at one of their plants, totalling 1,100 people. The details of the agreement clearly exhibit how desperate these…

THE GUILTY (Den skyldige) [2018]

The Guilty takes place into two rooms within an Emergency services call centre. The focus is on one man working here, Asger Holm, who is in every scene throughout. A few factors emerge quickly, one is that he doesn’t seem to be all that…

SHOPLIFTERS [2018]

or over a decade, Hirokazu Koreeda has been playing with family dynamics, testing the notion of nature versus nurture; the link of DNA and how strong, or weak, it can be. While it may seem like he is repeating himself, each time he manages…

AMERICAN ANIMALS [2018]

No stranger to documentaries, in his under-the-radar 2018 creation Bart Layton seamlessly blurs the lines between reality and fiction as the real men from the near-unbelievable story occasionally act as talking heads, but in no ordinary fashion. Occasionally they offer their perspective, sometimes contradicting…

THE MULE [2018]

It is amazing that Sir Eastwood is still running strong at the age of 88. His presence on the screen, while obviously not the same as what he brought to films like Dirty Harry or The Beguiled, is still as assertive and thoroughly believable…

GLASS [2019]

Is life is a comic book? That is what this film is suggesting, or at least trying to, in an appropriately tongue-in-cheek fashion. It is a creative notion it must be said, but the execution for the most part is average at best. The…

THE FAVOURITE [2018]

Yorgos Lanthimos has established himself as not only the creator of surreal and strangely dry, dark comedies which borderline on the absurd, but also an extremely talented director who received comparisons to Kubrick after his last film, The Killing Of A Sacred Deer (2017)….

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