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The Host

When a careless and, significantly, American scientist orders his Korean assistant to dump formaldehyde down the sink, a strange mutant emerges from Seoul’s Han River shortly thereafter. Confused, hungry, and angry, it eats dozens straight away and carts off others to...

The Bicycle Thieves

In Vittorio De Sica’s 1948 classic of Italian neorealism, we are introduced to Antonio Ricci, one of Rome’s thousands of postwar unemployed. Desperate to provide for his family, he finally manages to find a job putting up advertising posters, the only catch being that...

London: The Modern Babylon

Julien Temple’s 2012 film sees the documentarian turn his eye on England’s capital city or, as one voice tells us immediately prior to the opening credits, a place that could be called “the capital of the world”. The Clash’s “London Calling” rolls over a kaleidoscopic...

Dogtooth Review

Somewhere in rural Greece, a husband and wife live comfortably on a generously-sized property with their son and two daughters. The son and two daughters live somewhat less comfortably, because their parents have convinced them that it is unsafe for them to leave home...

Paterson Review

A bus driver, played by Adam Driver, dreams of being a poet. We know this because we’re privy to a full week of his daily routine, from waking up in the morning, eating Cheerios from a glass tumbler instead of a bowl, chatting with a fellow driver at work, through to...

Hell or High Water Review

Somewhere in present-day West Texas, a pair of outlaws carry out a string of carefully-conceived, yet sloppily-orchestrated heists, all of them on different branches of the Texas Midlands Bank. The pair are soon enough revealed as brothers; Toby Howard (Chris Pine), a...

Captain Fantastic Review

Meet Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen): he lives in the woods with his brood of six children, where he trains them with extreme care not only in the ways of surviving in the heart of nature, but also on a whole host of other topics – literary classics, from Middlemarch to...

American Honey Review

Teenager Star (Sasha Lane) escapes a Hellish home life – a sexually abusive father, two starving half-siblings, a mother dead from crystal meth abuse and a stepmother who is indifferent at best – to pursue an understandably more appealing life on the road, selling...

Manchester By the Sea Review

Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) lives a relatively simple life: he lives in Boston working as a handyman, making an OK wage that mostly goes on renting a small apartment, and the odd trip to a bar, where he frequently gets into pointless fights. But all that is changed...

That Good Night Screening

That Good Night received one of its first private screenings on Thursday at Soho’s Courthouse Hotel, a quaint little place built into an old courthouse, a Grade II listed building with much of the original brickwork intentionally left exposed. The open-plan...

Whiplash Review

Damien Chazelle as a director is currently on top of the world after his international smash hit La La Land, which garnered a record-tying (with All About Eve and Titanic) 14 Oscar nominations, and is practically a dead cert for Best Picture. His 2014 effort Whiplash...