Guest Review: I, Daniel Blake (2016)

Directed By: Ken Loach Written By: Paul Laverty Cast: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Sharon Percy Runtime: 1 hr 40 minutes If film is a mirror on society then the sheer volume of recent movies about the ugliness of the post-GFC world is a reflection of the scale of devastation it has caused. Most are essays in poverty that explore …

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Guest Review: FENCES (2017)

Directed By: Denzel Washington Cast: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson, Jovan Adepo Runtime: 2 hrs 19 minutes The cinema year gone by was extraordinary for the richness of offerings centred on the African-American experience. Several of these films share a world once fenced off, notably Moonlight (2016), Loving (2016), and Hidden Figures (2016). The quality of these films …

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Guest Review: MANCHESTER BY THE SEA (2016)

Directed/Written By: Kenneth Lonergan Cast: Casey Affleck, Lucas Hedges, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler Runtime: 2 hrs 17 minutes Cinema portrayals of angry people are not usually enjoyable entertainment yet we are fascinated by films that dwell entirely on simmering angst. Manchester by the Sea (2016) is such a film. Perplexing, unsettling, yet engaging, it is a story without joy …

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Guest Review: ELLE (2016)

Directed By: Paul Verhoeven Written By: David Birke Runtime: 2 hrs 10 minutes The women’s film genre covers the spectrum of feminine empowerment to absolute degradation and several can be read both ways. Elle (2016) is an ambivalent film that can be read as a tale of self-assertion or, equally valid, about victimhood, transgressive sexuality and gender …

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