Surface Laptop Go review: Microsoft delivers a decent budget PC

The Surface Laptop Go is Microsoft’s second try at an affordable Surface, and it hits the mark better than the original Surface Go tablet did. It still offers compromises, with strategic cuts to keep the price competitive with a Chromebook. Still, they’re mostly smart decisions—even a sub-1080p display and Windows 10 in S Mode didn’t turn us off. Although the Surface Laptop Go lacks the easy expansion of some competing

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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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Nightstream: BLOODY HELL Review – Bizarre Horror Comedy Proves You Can Only Beat Crazy With Crazy

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Directed by Alister Grierson

Written by Robert Benjamin

Starring Ben O’Toole, Meg Fraser, Caroline Craig

Premiering at the supergroup virtual festival, Nightstream, director Alister Grierson’s genre mashup Bloody Hell is one of the surprise discoveries found in the glorious pile of genre gems amassed by the combined efforts of the Overlook Film Fest, Brooklyn Horror Film Fest, North Bend, BUFF and Popcorn Frights. You wouldn’t think that a heist film,

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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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Soul Review Roundup — Here’s What Critics Think Of The New Pixar Movie

Like all film studios, Pixar is not having the year it expected. The company had two big movies scheduled for 2020–Onward, which was set for a March release, and Soul, which would follow in June. But Onward had barely hit theaters before it was pulled from release and rushed onto digital platforms, and by early April it was already available on Disney+.

As for Soul, the release was initially pushed

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Review: In ‘S—house,’ a college coming-of-age comedy


This image released by IFC Films shows Dylan Gelula, left, and Cooper Raiff in a scene from ” S—house.” (IFC Films via AP)


You would assume a college comedy with the unprintable title of “S—-house” to be another sad, low-brow retread of “Animal House.” You would almost bet on it. But 22-year-old Cooper Raiff’s is not only not that film at all, it’s one of the freshest college movies

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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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Handel Coronation Anthems n Review: Malvern Festival Chorus, The Forum

MALVERN Festival Chorus is conserving its resources this season in readiness for the major work commissioned from its former conductor Rory Boyle, to be premired a year from now.

This made the programme for last Saturday’s concert most sensible, being based on the four Anthems written by Handel for the coronation of George II in 1727 for chorus and small orchestra.

One of them, Zadok the Priest, is almost a

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The Walking Dead: World Beyond Season 1 Episode 2: “The Blaze of Gory” Review

With its second episode, The Walking Dead: World Beyond ticked up, delivering an initial leg of the teens’ journey that was far more interesting than the premiere’s heavy focus on the safe, walled-up world they were leaving behind. A world that would be wiped out by the end of said premiere.Also, instead of focusing almost solely on the Bennett sisters, as the first episode did, “The Blaze of Gory” helped
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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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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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Review: A Passing Dance, Pitlochry Festival Theatre

Review: A Passing Dance, Pitlochry Festival Theatre

5.0Overall Score

Every year the changing leaves comes as a surprise to me. It shouldn’t. It happens every year. Still, I marvel at how the deep green of the trees turns yellow and crimson, each leaf its own little tapestry. Walking through the parks and woods I normally observe them as a mass, scattered across the ground, swept up into piles by

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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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Review: ‘Janis’ details brief, wild life of rock’s most extraordinary voice

“Janis: Her Life and Music,” by Holly George-Warren. Photo: Simon & Schuster

Janis Joplin is a name synonymous with both brilliance and tragedy.

Remembered today for her seemingly supernatural voice, her legacy has also sadly been defined by her untimely death 50 years ago this month, at the age of 27. In truth, Joplin’s time as a major artist lasted little more than four years — a period during which

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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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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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San Diego Sonder apartment-style hotel review

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Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic began, I’ve been very selective with the accommodations I’m willing to stay in during my travels.

And as a travel writer, I’ve generally looked for hotels with stringent COVID policies or private vacation rentals where I don’t have to worry about coming in contact with other

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FILM REVIEW: Eyimofe (This is My Desire) -The BFI London Film Festival 2020

 Writer: Chuko Esiri

Director: Arie Esiri and Chuko Esiri

There are many experiences of home, some, like Pinter, are sinister and fraught while others are celebratory and restorative. But for Mofe and Rosa, the protagonists in Arie Esiri and Chuko Esiri’s debut film Eyimofe (This is My Desire), showing as part of the London Film Festival, home is a place of strife and burden as the leads plan journeys

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FILM REVIEW: Time – The BFI London Film Festival 2020

Reviewer: Maryam Philpott

“Desperate people do desperate things” Sibil Fox Richardson explains at the beginning of Garrett Bradley’s documentary Time, but how long should a punishment really last? When her husband was sentence to an extreme 60-years in jail for armed robbery, Richardson was left to raise their six children alone, and Time examines the 20-years the family has spent fighting for a reduction in his sentence.

In a

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