Laura Cumming: The honour of winning this prize

Entering the main entrance, past the ticket booths and into the picturesque garden area of Charlotte Gardens, one would be forgiven for forgetting the roaring hustle and bustle of the Edinburgh Fringe situated on the opposite side of Princes Street. But here we are now, in a quaint area of Scotland’s capital where the 70th Edinburgh International Book Festival is being held; where old and young, student and professor alike nestle captivated eyes into books big and small. 

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Review: Get Out

The occupants inside the car hurtle towards their upstate New York fate. Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) and partner Rose Armitage (Allison Williams) are on their way to meet Rose’s family; a picturesque archetype of white suburbia. “They know your boyfriend’s black, right?” Chris states to Rose. Such a question should have no meaning or pre-conceived opinions in 2017, should it? The world ain’t all rainbows though. The questions paves the way for writer and director Jordan Peele’s satirically surreal horror to explore every nook and cranny of a modern day African-American in pre-dominantly privileged white surroundings.

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Review: Moonlight

This years Golden Globes threw a surprise up in the air; Moonlight as winner of Best Drama. I’ll admit, I didn’t know much about the movie or its writer and director, Barry Jenkins, and after a brief look at its synopsis I thought I’d be in for a heart-wrenching two hour viewing. Based on the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney, Moonlight is the story of Chiron’s (Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, Trevante Rhodes) coming of age, his struggles with his drug-abusing cold-hearted mother and his inner turmoil of confusion at the realisation of his own sexuality. Taken in from the cold by local drug-runner, Juan (Mahershala Ali), Chiron finds comfort in Juan’s father-like figure. From Chiron’s troubled childhood we move to his troubled teenage years and eventually to his late-twenties, a tale told in three confined acts.

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Review: Fences

The 1987 Tony Award and Pulitzer Price winning play Fences by August Wilson has been given a screen revamp from Denzel Washington, his third time behind the camera.

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