Review: War Dogs (2016)

Buddy comedy meets true crime in Todd Phillips flick.

by Katia Kutsenko

War Dogs is not an innovative movie, nor a first of its kind. It is not the first time we see a film aiming to unite both the dramatic, the comic and the emotional vectors. The comic part is perhaps the best, well-covered by Hangover trilogy (2009-2013) director Todd Phillips, whose filmography also includes Old School (2003) and Due Date (2010). The real appeal of the movie, however, lies with the main characters, with the incredibly realistic and excessive Jonah Hill and the authentic “good guy” Miles Teller.

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Review: La La Land (2016)

To Sing and Dance in L.A.

by Benjamín Harguindey (originally reviewed at the Venice Film Festival)

Damien Chazelle’s La La Land (2016) opened up the Venice Film Festival earlier this year to much acclaim, delivering a glamorous, old school send-up of the Golden Age Hollywood musical and Star-System romance. And it works beautifully. But the movie deals with a rarer, more mature subject matter than all the music and the dancing might at first suggest.

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Review: The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (2016)

Chasing happiness and finding it in unusual places.

by Antonio Cabello Ruiz-Burruecos 

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Hymyilevä mies, 2016) is a beautiful, honest, transparent black and white film of the purest cinematographic instinct.

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Review: De Palma (2015)

De Palma brilliantly showcases the director’s worth.

by Benjamín Harguindey

Cinema – it’s men filming women,” quoth Jean-Luc Godard. If this is taken at face value, then Brian De Palma is the filmmaker par excellence. His entire work could be summed – as indeed he does in the 2015 documentary that bears his name – as the obsessive compulsion to follow women in an attempt to understand them.

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Review: A United Kingdom (2016)

A belated missive from the Bath Film Festival.

by Joanna van der Veen

In 1948, a white English bank clerk marries an African prince. The marriage sparks a diplomatic crisis. It throws an entire African nation into turmoil. It is hotly debated in the Houses of Parliament. Sounds like a film script, right?

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Review: Sing Street (2016)

Pop goes the world… and Ireland.

by Alejandro Turdó

Being a teen from the slumbs in 1980s Dublin, ruled by the economic misadventures of the era might have been definitively rough… try adding falling head over heels for the prettiest girl in town to the equation. Another (off-competition) review from the 31st Mar del Plata International Film Festival.

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Review: Under the Shadow (2016)

An Iranian horror movie in the vein of The Babadook.

by Benjamín Harguindey

A remake of the Australian The Babadook (2014) – one of the few original indie horror films to break out into cult success these past few years – was almost bound to happen, but you probably thought you’d see the Hollywood version before Iran had a go at it. To be fair Under the Shadow (2016) isn’t exactly a remake, but it does take one too many cues from it.

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