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Review: Shoplifters Rating 95%

Review: Shoplifters

Earlier this year I reviewed Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-Eda’s film The Third Murder. Departing from his traditional style, the main issue I had was that with this change, some of the greater emotional depth of his prior work did not quite make the transition. Now, within the same year (in the UK at least) he returns to familiar ground with Shoplifters, and with it comes the cementing of Kore-Eda as one of Japan’s greatest filmmakers, living or dead.

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Review: Suspiria Rating 87%

Review: Suspiria

When I first heard that there was to be a remake of 1977 cult sinister feature, Suspiria, I was dubious that it would live up to the name Dario Argento has given this grisly horror. However, you only have to consider two names attached to this remake to give you room to reconsider this scepticism, Tilda Swinton and Thom Yorke, two very much acclaimed in their fields. Considering the changes to the plot without any spoilers it is obvious that Luca Guadagnino is not one hundred per cent loyal to the original but that does not necessarily take anything away, if anything it seems to open the doors to surprise, surprise, a sequel.

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Review: Overlord Rating 35%

Review: Overlord

Just before D-Day, A US platoon is parachuted behind enemy lines to destroy a Nazi radio tower. Then they discover the French village near the target has both a secret laboratory and a touch of the occult running under it….

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Corinne Orton: The audience in general has a real appetite for comedy

This weekend The Dunoon Film Festival kicks off it’s sixth programme of events, in the Dunoon Burgh Hall as well as The Studio Cinema, the Pier building, local schools and communities. This includes classics such as The Women, an 80s disco alongside Gregory’s Girl and documentary, Nae Pasaran.
Festival Director, Corinne Ortin, spoke with The Fountain about the programme for the sixth Dunoon Film Festival as well as some of her personal highlights.

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Review: Mandy Rating 75%

Review: Mandy

As I sat down to watch Mandy I wondered when the last time there’s been a Nicolas Cage film shown on the big screen. So much of his recent output had been direct to streaming sites and, mostly dreadful, that it never even made the silver screen. That said, I’m sure there are plenty of you who consider much of his work awful even when he was in his golden period.

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Review: Silvana, Take One Action 2018 Rating 72%

Review: Silvana, Take One Action 2018

Having heard much about Take One Action, I had still yet to attend this film festival which has always intrigued me. It has empowering and questioning as it’s two core visions. Stepping into the Scottish Youth Theatre building in Glasgow, I had no more to expect but to witness precisely that, and I was certainly not disappointed with the screening of Swedish documentary, Silvana, which documents the LGBT activist and rapper, Silvana Imam.

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Review: The Predator Rating 40%

Review: The Predator

When an army sniper witnesses an attack by a seemingly invisible extraterrestrial hunter, he and his estranged family are dragged into both a government conspiracy and an alien civil war.

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Review: The Meg Rating 50%

Review: The Meg

When their billionaire owner commands the multi-national crew of a reserach rig to breach the crust at the bottom of the Mariana Trench, they unleash a monster from the depths…and only one man can stop it.
Back in the early part of the century, a film magazine bestowed the mediocre 2003 remake of The Italian Job with a mere three out of ten, with the reason being that the sole redeeming feature was a former Commonwealth Games diver who had lit up Guy Ritchie’s early mockney efforts from a few years previously.

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Review: Hearts Beat Loud Rating 81%

Review: Hearts Beat Loud

That summer before university is fertile ground for coming of age stories, but the roles are inverted in Hearts Beat Loud. Daughter Sam has her life planned out, choosing to spend her last holiday at home taking extra classes before school begins. Her dad Frank is not so certain, after seventeen years, he can no longer afford to run his record store. A lifelong musician, both father and daughter unwind by making music together in a kitted-out rehearsal space at home.

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Review: Iceman Rating 76%

Review: Iceman

The discovery of a 5,000-year-old man preserved in ice is bound to raise some questions. Ötzi, found by two German tourists in the Ötzal Alps at the border of Austria and Italy, had an arrow through his left shoulder, a fatal wound. Felix Randau’s Iceman christens him Kelab, the head of a small clan, a hunter-gatherer, who returns home one day to a raped and pillaged settlement.

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Review: Apostasy Rating 94%

Review: Apostasy

It would be trite to say that Apostasy might be preaching to the converted. In fact, the opposite may be more correct. When writer/director, Daniel Kokotajlo, took part in the Q&A after the preview screening at Filmhouse he asked if there were any ‘ex-Witnesses’ in the audience. There were, indeed, very many.

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Review: Testament, EIFF 2018 Rating 83%

Review: Testament, EIFF 2018

For many people, Film Festivals are all about the red carpet: premieres, new and recent films, galas, celebrities, and a smattering of classics, all clubbed together under various themes or focuses. Perhaps it’s the case that screenings of ‘retrospective’ cinema get overlooked.

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