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Life Itself
Review

Life Itself

★★★★☆ Dir: Steve James (2014) “He is a nice guy… but he’s not that nice” states one of Roger Ebert‘s closest friends in Steve James‘ touching documentary of the life and death of one of the most famous writers and consumers of film in history. His tumultuous relationship with rival and pal Gene Siskel, the films he … Continue reading

The Immigrant
Review

The Immigrant

★★★☆☆ Dir: James Grey (2014) The outspoken director’s fifth film and his fourth with Joaquin Phoenix is a lavish period drama focusing on Marion Cotillard‘s Ewa; A Polish immigrant coming through Ellis Island with her sister in search of a new life in the 1920s New York City. But when her sister is taken ill and the desperate immigrant is saved … Continue reading

Starred Up
Review

Starred Up

★★★☆☆ Dir: David Mackenzie (2014) David Mackenzie leaves behind the quietness of Young Adam and the almost American Indie feel of Hallam Foe to turn over this Alan Clarke influenced slice of gritty prison life. Skins star Jack O’Connell gives a blistering performance as Eric, a dangerous young offender upgraded to an adult prison where his … Continue reading

Ida
Review

Ida

★★★★★ Dir: Pawel Pawlikowski (2013) Pawel Pawlikowski is a seriously talented director; His films seem born of an English mentality to the countryside, the city and the isolation of being a stranger in both of those strange lands. Moving from Poland to the UK to train in film and focus on documentary story telling, the film maker … Continue reading

Visitors
Review

Visitors

★★★☆☆ Dir: Godfrey Reggio (2014) Godfrey Reggio‘s take on the destructive wonder of man in his “Qatsi Trillogy” are now projected deep into the abyss of space as he asks us to forget where we are, who we are and watch a film much like a visitor from another planet would. Visitors begins with long shot of a … Continue reading

Under The Skin
Review

Under The Skin

★★★★★ Dir: Jonathan Glazer (2014)  From the opening moment of this, Jonathan Glazer‘s third film, we are thrown head first into nothingness. A point of light grows, morphing darkly into a fading sun, a space ship, an eye. A voice is practicing, some kind of language comprehension test. It’s an introduction which is immediately throat grabbing. … Continue reading