FILM REVIEW: Ultraviolence – The BFI London Film Festival 2020

Writer: Tariq Mehmood

Director: Ken Fero

Deaths by police action inflamed our summer, sparking the #BlackLivesMatter protests but while the most famous cases have happened in America, Ken Fero’s new film, Ultraviolence highlights the story of several UK families whose relatives have died in police custody after excessive force was used and their subsequent quest for prosecution. Unsparing in its anatomy of failures of the justice system, Fero’s film is

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FILM REVIEW: The Salt In Our Waters (Nonajoler Kabbo) – The BFI London Film Festival 2020

Writer and Director: Rezwan Shahriar Sumit

 In this film from Bangladesh, artist Rudro travels to a remote fishing village to work on his sculptures. But soon his city ways come into conflict with the village’s traditions, and when the expected shoals of fish fail to appear, the villagers accuse Rudro of offending Allah. What follows is a surprisingly one-sided battle between present day knowledge and parochial superstition.

The sculptures that

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Stay home and enjoy the virtual 2020 Milwaukee Film Festival | Movies



I Used To Go Here

Gillian Jacobs plays a 35-year-old writer who returns to her old college town in “I Used To Go Here,” which kicks off the Milwaukee Film Festival this Thursday. 




The thing I’ll miss about the in-person version of the Milwaukee Film Festival this year is the inconvenience.

Driving 90 minutes each way to Milwaukee, waiting in lines outside the theater, trying to fit in a quick meal between shuttling

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37th Mill Valley Film Festival Reviews

37th Mill Valley Film Festival opener Ariel Winograd’s “The Heist Of The Century” inventively entertains and brings out a viewer’s vicarious miscreant.  It recreates the planning and execution of the 2006 Banco Rio bank robbery, a Buenos Aires caper that netted its participants a possible $25 million payday.  Set to a slickly jazzy soundtrack and displaying humorous ingenuity, the film will make the viewer respect and cheer on the men

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FILM REVIEW: One Night in Miami – The BFI London Film Festival 2020

Writer: Kemp Powers

Directors: Regina King

This year’s London Film Festival has been particularly strong for debut movies and Regina King’s One Night in Miami is one of the best. With a screenplay by Kemp Powers based on his own play of the same name, this is a firecracker of a drama as three of the biggest sports and entertainment stars and the preacher Malcolm X debate black identity, activism

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FILM REVIEW:The Reason I Jump – The BFI London Film Festival 2020

Director: Jerry Rothwell

With the inclusion of the LFF Expanded series designed to create immersive visual and audio experiences, the digital programme of this year’s London Film Festival is one of the most inventive in years. Jerry Rothwell’s new documentary, in the main feature section, is based on Naoki Higashida’s book The Reason I Jump using film techniques to explore the experience of autism.

Written by Higashida when he was

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Pixar’s Meditation On Life, Death, And Jazz Is Its Most Ambitious Film In Years

The chief purpose of this realm, which is known as The Great Before, is to prepare fresh souls for life on Earth by developing their personalities (the little sorting offices that assign them character traits evoke the personality islands from Inside Out). We’re never sure how seriously the film endorses this nature-over-nurture vision of human development, but the premise does set up a few middling jokes about personality types

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FILM REVIEW: Wolfwalkers – The BFI London Film Festival 2020

Writer: Will Collins

Directors: Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart

Cromwell’s Ireland was a dangerous place, filled with occupying soldiers, military rule and brutal massacres to subdue the population – not an obvious setting for a family-friendly cartoon. But Will Collins’ Wolfwalkers. directed by Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart, is a charming tale of childhood frolic, adventure, and the essential role of the landscape in Irish identity.

Robyn and her

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Air Force Romance in First Trailer for ‘Operation Christmas Drop’ Film

Air Force Romance in First Trailer for ‘Operation Christmas Drop’ Film

by Alex Billington
October 12, 2020
Source: YouTube

“Just give me 24 hours to show you what we do here.” Netflix has revealed an official trailer for an odd romantic comedy titled Operation Christmas Drop, from Canadian TV director Martin Wood. While gathering evidence as a congressional aide to support closing a tropical U.S. Air Force base, a

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Pixar Gets Existential in Dizzying Animated Film

Pixar’s latest entertainment continues the studio’s successful quest for emotional domination of the animation space. Having mined your heart in “Up” and penetrated your brain with “Inside Out,” now they reach right into your “Soul.”

“Soul” is perhaps the most existentially ambitious film ever attempted by Disney and yet it pops with colorful visuals and gentle wisdom while the story clips along despite the dizzying height of the concept. Only

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FILM REVIEW: Supernova – The BFI London Film Festival 2020

Writer and Director: Harry Macqueen

One way to achieve intimacy on screen is to cast actors who have known each other a long time, director Harry Macqueen explains, because it gives them a solid character foundation to build on. Friends for 20-years, the intimacy between Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth is essential to the understated and fragile tenderness at the heart of Supernova, one of a handful of films

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FILM REVIEW: Wildfire – The BFI London Film Festival 2020

Writer and Director: Cathy Brady

The Irish entries into the London Film Festival are always some of the most exciting in the programme and this year is no different with the excellent animation Wolfwalkers and resonant drama Herself providing female-led stories that have opened to much acclaim. But make some time for Cathy Brady’s powerful Wildfire about sisters confronting the effect and stigma of family tragedy.

Returning to a border

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FILM REVIEW: Mogul Mowgli – The BFI London Film Festival 2020

Writers: Bassam Tariq and Riz Ahmed

Director: Bassam Tariq

In the past few years, public discourses on British identity have been trying to shrink its definitions back to pillared buildings, lifeless statues and the selective memories of international warfare. But as Bassam Tariq and Riz Ahmed demonstrate in their blazing debut feature Mogul Mowgli, modern British identity is a living thing, expanding and changing every day as it absorbs

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London Film Festival 2020: 200 Metres


London Film Festival 2020: 200 Metres | Review

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Public screenings
11th October 2020 8.30pm at BFI Player

Mustafa (Ali Suliman) is separated from his family by the long wall between Israel and Palestine. Through circumstance, he lives in Palestine while his wife and children reside across the wall in Israel, just 200 metres away; close enough that they can say goodnight to each

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London Film Festival 2020: I Am Samuel


London Film Festival 2020: I Am Samuel | Review

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Online on BFI Player from 10th October 2020 6.30pm until 13th October 2020 6.30pm

Inspirational, brave and thoroughly heartwarming, I Am Samuel (Pete Murimi’s feature debut) demonstrates the capabilities of cinema by giving a voice to the African queer community through the story of a young, gay man living in Kenya,

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Abu Dhabi resident’s film gets picked for Israeli film festival



a person standing next to a fence: Abu Dhabi resident's film gets picked for Israeli film festival


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Abu Dhabi resident’s film gets picked for Israeli film festival

Indian expat Shaheer Sha is jubilant as his short film on environmental issues is part of an Israeli film festival.

‘Recognition’, a 23-minute film shot in Ras Al Khaimah, was picked for the first Carmel International Short Film Festival to be held virtually in Israel’s Zikhron Yaakov this

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London Film Festival 2020: Farewell Amor


London Film Festival 2020: Farewell Amor | Review

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Online on BFI Player from 9th October 2020 8.45pm until 12th October 2020 8.45pm

“Welcome Home”, exclaims the banner that hangs from the ceiling of an apartment in New York, a sincere attempt to celebrate the reunion of a family that has been continents apart for 17 years. And yet, as the

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FILM REVIEW: Undine -The BFI London Film Festival 2020

Writer and Director: Christian Petzold

Love me or die is an intimidating proposition, but one that protagonist Undine puts to Johannes in a quiet café in the first minutes of Christian Petzold’s new film. At this point you may be expecting a torrid psychodrama but Undine herself and the film that follows, with its touches of fantasy, is nowhere near as conventional as its opening frame suggests.

Abandoned by her

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London Film Festival 2020: Mogul Mowgli


London Film Festival 2020: Mogul Mowgli | Review

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Online on BFI Player from 10th October 2020 6.30pm until 13th October 2020 6.30pm

Mogul Mowgli is a restless, writhing exploration of identity politics which frustrates its audience – sometimes unintentionally – but which lingers like the remnants of an unsettling dream. Starring and co-written by a captivating Riz Ahmed, Bassam Tariq’s

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FILM REVIEW: Honeymood – The BFI London Film Festival 2020

Writer and Director: Talya Lavie

No one sleeps in Jerusalem in this wry rom com from Tayla Lavie. It might be expected the two newlyweds in Honeymood would have good reason to stay awake on their wedding night, but sex is far from their minds as jealousies and misunderstandings force them out into the streets and into a series of strange encounters with other insomniacs.

Noam’s father has booked the

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