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Racer and the Jailbird (2017) starring Matthias Schoenaerts

Adèle Exarchopoulos and Matthias Schoenaerts play ill-starred lovers in this entertaining but shallow romantic crime melodrama. By all means, sit back and enjoy the performances, sex, action and tragedy - but don't expect any deeper exploration of the characters.

Racer and the Jailbird (2017)

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EIFF 2018: Several Conversations About a Very Tall Girl (2017)

Silvana Mihai and Florentina Nastase play a lesbian couple with their differences on how 'out' they are in a drama directed by Bogdan Theodor Olteanu which has been dubbed 'the Romanian Blue Is The Warmest Colour’.

Several Conversations About a Very Tall Girl

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EIFF 2018: Ideal Home (2018) starring Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan

The double act of Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan, playing a wealthy gay couple suddenly saddled with a surrogate son (Jack Gore), generates enough hilarity to offset this film's soft and predictable approach to drama. Coogan, in particular, essays another of his classic celebrity buffoons.

Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd in Ideal Home

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EIFF 2018: Winterlong (2018) written and directed by David Jackson

This father-son reconciliation drama features fine performances and solid characterisations across the board. While there are a few obvious contrivances and unresolved subplots, the film still manages to distinguish itself from others of its ilk.

Harper Jackson in Winterlong

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EIFF 2018: Solis (2018) written and directed by Carl Strathie

Here comes the sun - and it's not alright - in this sci-fi survival adventure. While it may remind the viewer of other films (Gravity, Alien and 2001: A Space Odyssey), it's an impressive little effort in its own right with some fine two-hander work between Steven Ogg and Alice Lowe.

Steven Ogg in Solis

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EIFF 2018: The Devil Outside (2018) starring Mark Stobbart

An adolescent boy (played by Noah Carson) is torn between his mother's religious fundamentalism and the influence of a delinquent best friend in this psychological drama. Andrew Hulme's film works better when concentrating on visual storytelling than on its hamfisted dialogue and characterisations.

The Devil Outside (2018)

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EIFF 2018: A punk Daydream (2018) directed by Jimmy Hendrickx

Jimmy Hendrickx and Kristian Van der Heyden's documentary takes a compelling look at a Muslim punk movement which has emerged from the social conservatism and glaring inequalities of Indonesia's capital city, Jakarta. This review is based on a 90% complete work in progress seen at EIFF 2018.

A punk Daydream

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​EIFF 2018: Anna and the Apocalypse (2017) starring Ella Hunt

John McPhail's zombie-comedy-musical-high-school-Christmas movie is inventive fun for much of the way but less successful during its darker second half. Still, it's pretty slick for a low-budget production shot in Scotland and is worth seeing for sheer novelty value.

Ella Hunt in Anna and the Apocalypse

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EIFF 2018: The Eyes of Orson Welles (2018)

Film critic and documentary filmmaker Mark Cousins takes a journey around the world to seek the inspirations behind the many works of the multitalented Orson Welles. One conspicuous omission notwithstanding, this is a typically soft-spoken and impressively researched work.

The Eyes of Orson Welles

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EIFF 2018: Flammable Children aka Swinging Safari (2018)

Guy Pearce, Kylie Minogue, Radha Mitchell and Julian McMahon are cast against type in an off-colour retro comedy set in an Australian seaside town in the 1970s which was inspired by writer-director Stephan Elliott's own childhood. Lots of fun - provided that you are not easily offended.

Guy Pearce and Kylie Minogue in Swinging Safari

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