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    Haifaa Al-Mansour’s ‘The Perfect Candidate’ Heads For VOD Release in Lieu of March UK Theatrical Run

    Haifaa Al-Mansour‘s “The Perfect Candidate” will be made available online rather than entering a theatrical run, thanks to UK distributor Modern Films. The film was set to premiere theatrically in the UK on March 27. Instead of a proper cinema release, the film will now be accessible on the Curzon Home Cinema VOD platform on […] More

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    BFI London Film Festival Announce Competition Film Program, ‘Honey Boy,’ ‘Monos,’ ‘The Perfect Candidate’ Among Premieres

    The 63rd BFI London Film Festival has announced its official competition selections for the 2019 edition Wednesday morning. Among the already exciting lineup of its 60% female filmmaker slate, premieres include Alma Har’el‘s “Honey Boy,” from Amazon Studios. The semi-autobiographical memoir to Shia LaBeouf’s life with his alcoholic father premiered at Sundance Film Festival and […] More

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    Film Review: Winter Sleep (★★★½)

    BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL: Cannes seem to have a theme as of late for selecting 3 hour films for their coveted Palm d’or with Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s latest and Blue Is The Warmest Colour. However, Winter Sleep’s mammoth 196-minute length should not be solely be considered a challenge. In fact, it was perhaps the most leisurely […] More

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    Film Review: Serena (★½)

    The story of Serena begins two years ago. Hot on the momentum of David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook buzz, which would eventually lead Jennifer Lawrence to a golden statue at the age of 22, we hear word of another collaboration between her and Bradley Cooper, this time in a period setting. We even get […] More

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    Film Review: Mommy (★★½)

    BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL: People who know Xavier Dolan know what they’re walking into when they buy a ticket for Mommy. While he has a loyal fanbase that seems to grow more passionate about him by each film, some don’t like him at all. This is my first of his films and I can immediately […] More

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    Film Review: The Way He Looks (★★★½)

    BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL: There’s an obvious irony about Brazil’s foreign language film submission The Way He Looks – the protagonist is blind. Naturally, the mission is to show that love isn’t superficial, but it is a common theme very well handled by director/writer Daniel Ribeiro. This is familiar territory, exploring the turbulent teen years […] More

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    ‘Fury’ to Close the London Film Festival

    The London Film Festival, which runs from October 8 to October 19, has announced that David Ayer’s Fury starring Brad Pitt will close out the festival this year. Pitt and director Ayer will attend the screening, which will be at the prestigious Odeon Leicester Square.  Ayer’s previous effort End of Watch screened at the festival in […] More

  • BFI London Film Festival – DAY 6

    After a couple of days away from the festival (unfortunately the day job can’t be completely ignored!) and a disastrous experience courtesy of the London transport system (missing yesterday’s Argo screening due to a cancelled train has to be the low point of my year so far), I was finally back to Leicester Square for […] More

  • BFI London Film Festival – DAY 5

    The Sapphires (**1/2) Dreamgirls. Hairspray. Sparkle. And now The Sapphires. All of these movie musicals essentially tell the same story: the plight for racial equality set against a backdrop of toe tapping show tunes and soul classics. Unfortunately The Sapphires, while approaching the subject from a more unique Australian Aborigine standpoint, can’t shake the comparisons […] More

  • BFI London Film Festival – DAY 4

    A few months back, Hyde Park on Hudson looked like a premium slice of King’s Speech-style Oscar bait. Then the trailer hit, and its awards chances looked somewhat slimmer. This morning I attended a screening of the film, and if the Academy decides to reward this lacklustre exercise in dreary historical drama then I may […] More

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