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Film Review: Mon Roi

17 hours ago

★★★★★ On paper, Mon Roi sounds like the simplest of films. A woman meets a man, and they fall in love. They fight a lot, but chemistry keeps them together. They marry and have a child, but divorce because his lifestyle is not adaptable to fatherhood. They continue to see each other over the years, still attracted to one another yet unable to start afresh. A layer of complexity is added by the fact that we experience all this through Tony's (Emmanuelle Bercot) flashbacks as she recovers from a skiing accident at a seaside rehabilitation centre, but nevertheless this is a very straightforward narrative. And although this could be a recipe for a film full of clichés, instead Mon Roi is one of the best films of the year and an impressively realistic depiction of the highs and lows of love.

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Film Review: Money Monster

27 May 2016 6:17 AM, PDT

★☆☆☆☆Jodie Foster has done her ongoing directorial career no favours with her latest endeavour, Money Monster. It's impossible to fathom how and why this embarrassingly predictable, poorly performed, woefully scripted, pedestrian thriller received a standing ovation upon its premiere out-of-competition at Cannes. Rising to applaud purely because Julia Roberts and George Clooney are in the room is definitely no excuse given the laughably nonsensical spectacle on show.

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Special Feature: Hard Eight and the cinema of chance

26 May 2016 12:38 PM, PDT

Casinos and other forms of gambling have quite often featured in the films industry for decades now. This should come to no surprise either as tension naturally tends to build around tables games in casinos. When it comes to casinos in films they can be depicted in several different ways from gamblers being incredibly shady in 21 to grand casinos filled with high rollers in Casino Royale. There are now so many different gambling films that have a great mixture of thrill and excitement with worldwide appeal.

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Film Review: Alice Through the Looking Glass

26 May 2016 10:34 AM, PDT

★★★☆☆ Six years on from Tim Burton's madcap reinvention of the Carroll children's tales, Mia Wasikowska reprises her role as the enterprising and inquisitive no-longer-so-young lady in Alice Through The Looking Glass. It's a feast for the eyes, awash with colour and adventure, and there's a fair amount of humour and rumination on regret, truth-telling and loss in the script. However, as has been the case with many of the recent spate of Disney live-action, 3D endeavours the heart and soul which characterises their classics just isn't present. With Muppets directed James Bobin at the helm this time around, Alice ploughs full steam ahead towards her future. Or is it the past?

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Film Review: The Daughter

26 May 2016 10:34 AM, PDT

★★★★☆ A group of old friends sit around a campfire. The mood is one of jovial recollection and reconnection, but as feather-light embers flit away into the night sky secrets lurk in the darkness that envelops them. A meandering tale into the unknown, of long-buried truths, parenthood and troubled filial relationships, The Daughter is a haunting and confidently-composed feature debut by Australian filmmaker and theatre man Simon Stone. The young director, who here further moulds his own stage adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's The Wild Duck into a fearsome family drama, makes the transition to big screen seamlessly.

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Film Review: The Trust

26 May 2016 12:57 AM, PDT

★☆☆☆☆ The Trust is billed as a crime thriller-cum-black comedy. Unfortunately,  this first outing from the brotherly directorial pairing of Alex and Benjamin Brewer is neither thrilling nor funny on any level. Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood star as crooked Las Vegas cops turned wannabe robbers in a heist movie which is as stagnantly paced and unengaging as it is narratively rote: they're tired of their jobs, moan about lamentable salaries, discover a drug dealer's secret safe of ill-gotten loot, and determine to procure said loot for themselves. Sound like a familiar storyline? It's uninventive, as tense as overcooked spaghetti and utterly forgettable.

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Film Review: Love & Friendship

26 May 2016 12:50 AM, PDT

★★★★☆ It's hardly surprising that the wit of Jane Austen's writing is often overlooked when it's transposed onto the screen. It's not so much that adaptations actively avoid it as much as neglect to emphasise the regular disharmony between what characters are saying and what they really think in favour of the BBC period detail and opulent charm of the landed gentry that make them so popular. In Whit Stillman, Austen finds an unexpected - but in hindsight, inevitable - bedfellow for the excellent Love & Friendship, which one imagines the author would enjoy very much.

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Cannes 2016: It's Only the End of the World review

23 May 2016 1:20 PM, PDT

★★☆☆☆ Xavier Dolan has adapted theatrical works before. 2013's Tom at the Farm was a divisive feature but rendered Michael Marc Bouchard's play in a widescreen cinematic landscape. Premièring in Cannes, It's Only the End of the World sees Dolan adapt Jean-Luc Lagarce's play of the same name. In the film's press notes, the director records how he dithered about adapting the play suggested by his friend Anne Duval as tailor-made for him, but in the end succumbed. He shouldn't have. The material is weak, overly familiar and cliché-ridden. Dolan throws the cinematic sink at it but his latest feels like a shorter, not particularly watchable sequel to August, Osage County.

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Cannes 2016: The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki review

23 May 2016 1:19 PM, PDT

★★★★☆ The winner of this year's Un Certain Regard prize, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki is Juho Kuosmanen's chronicle of a Finnish pugilist. A unique and beautiful boxing movie shot on 16mm in black and white, it's like Wild Strawberries meets Raging Bull - though the bull isn't so much raging as in love. Olli Mäki (Jarkko Lahti) is a humble baker, an affable and resourceful man who seems a million miles away from the ferocity and Eye of the Tiger attitude you'd normally associate with boxing. Indeed, we first see him escorting a girl, Raija (Oona Airola), to a wedding he's totally unprepared for.

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Criterion Review: L'Avventura

23 May 2016 1:18 PM, PDT

★★★★★ Now celebrated as a masterpiece of Italian cinema, Michaelangelo Antonioni's L'Avventura was booed during its first screening at the Cannes film festival before going on to win the Jury Prize, an apparent paradox that reflects the tonal and thematic conflicts at the heart of the film. Critically lauded for its experimental form, L'Avventura's central narrative is deceptively simple: when a group of wealthy friends take a yachting trip to an island off the coast of Northern Italy, one of their group disappears without trace or explanation, triggering a search for her that opens a Pandora's box of emotional consequences.

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DVD Review: Spotlight

23 May 2016 12:05 PM, PDT

★★★★☆ There's a sense of the years being rolled back in Tom McCarthy's gripping, Oscar-worthy journalism drama Spotlight. On the one hand, there's almost a nostalgia that comes with watching - and participating in - the craft of meticulous, urgent and dedicated long-form journalism. When there's talk of deadlines, it's all about whether the reporters can build a strong enough case in time; the modern medium is blighted by a clamour for clicks and the rush to publish. Fact checks be damned. On the other hand is the impressive feat of crafting such a superb example of fiercely intelligent, mid-budget, mature cinema, the likes of which is all the more rarely seen in this day and age and certainly not this accomplished.

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DVD Review: The Big Short

23 May 2016 12:03 PM, PDT

★★★☆☆ The closing credit sequence of Adam McKay's The Other Guys inexplicably plays out with infographics on ponzi schemes, the immorality of big bank CEOs and just what a naughty boy Bernie Madoff was. In spite of unquestionable comedic wit - from numerous Will Ferrell offerings - it's hard to see how or why the director was chosen to bring Michael Lewis' straight-laced book The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine to the big screen. Sporadically hilarious, dizzyingly dynamic and at times downright infuriating, The Big Short admirably attempts to distil the rhymes and riddles of complicated banking practice for a lay audience. Films of a similar ilk went for an approach of either less is more - Margin Call - or overtly more is more - The Wolf of Wall Street - but McKay's latest feature is all over the map.

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DVD Review: The Assassin

23 May 2016 11:58 AM, PDT

★★★★★ Hou Hsiao-Hsien's The Assassin is not quite like other wuxia movies. It shares a reverie in the natural world with King Hu's A Touch of Zen and the turmoil between love and duty of Ang Lee's genre-rejuvenating Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, but it transcends both. Where Hu leant on religious allegory, Hou's spirituality is deeply humanistic; where Lee used his canvas for epic fairytale legend, Hou employs his to craft folkloric vignettes of painterly beauty. Where the genre itself glides over rooftops and bounds into trees in glorious action spectacle, The Assassin uses violence in precise doses, instead submitting to the awesome power of stillness and tranquillity. Hou's camera lingers on a silk curtain blowing in the breeze without needing a blade to shear it in two. While this might deter some audiences, those who persevere will find a sumptuous film of extraordinary grace and irresistible potency.

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