Review: Moonlight (2016)

by Joanna van der Veen

Moonlight (2016) is only Barry Jenkins’ second feature film, but it sure packs one hell of a punch. It is a film that talks about race, sexuality, love, drug abuse, regret and much else besides – but which nonetheless resists obvious characterisation.

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Review: John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Yeah, I’m thinking he’s back.

by Benjamín Harguindey

A sequel to the surprise action hit John Wick (2014), John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) raises the bar in ways that also defy expectation. Rather than going for a bigger bang, ‘Chapter 2’ takes relish in further building up and detailing the offbeat, borderline surrealistic world of hitman John Wick.

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Review: The Great Wall (2016)

The Last Matt Damon

by Benjamín Harguindey

The Great Wall (2016) is ostensibly a Chinese film – it’s directed by Zhang Yimou and is being promoted as the most expensive movie ever made in the People’s Republic – yet it stars Matt Damon in a familiar “white savior” plot reminiscent of The Last Samurai (2004). Turns out ‘Samurai’ director Edward Zwick and writer Marshall Herskovitz are 2 of the 6 screenwriters that penned the screenplay. Figures.

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Review: Free Fire (2016)

by Joanna van der Veen

If you wanted to sum Free Fire (2016) up in one sentence, you could do worse than this: “an entirely pointless gun battle, between lots of surprisingly stupid people”. It’s a thin premise bulked up by charm, wit and a stellar cast; a fast-paced action comedy with a host of memorable characters.

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Review: Toni Erdmann (2016)

Review of the absurdist German-Austrian Oscar nominee.

by Marina González

How to define Toni Erdmann (2016)? Unusual, strange, surreal, absurd, crazy, tender … all as an explosive mixture but above all, is curious and also strange, maybe, this is how we can also define life.

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Review: Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

Deep into the youg-adult wilderness.

by Alejandro Turdó

Taika Waititi’s craft as a director indicates in a clear fashion how easy it comes to some the bleding of drama and comedy in a movie. If you count yourself among the lucky ones who saw What We Do in the Shadows (2014) – his previous film – you are in for a treat with Hunt For The Wilderpeople (2016), a story filled with quirky characters, bizarre situations and heartwarming dramedy.

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Review: On the Milky Road (2016)

A review of Emir Kusturica’s new movie.

by Benjamín Harguindey

On the Milky Road (2016) is based “on three true stories and many fantasies”, tells us the opening text. Emir Kusturica’s new movie – his first feature length since 2007’s Zavet – is a story about love and self-sacrifice told with the sensibility of magical realism, a tall tale about lovers caught in the middle of senseless war.

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