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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: Terminal (2018) written and directed by Vaughn Stein

This futuristic neo-noir - starring Margot Robbie, Simon Pegg, Dexter Fletcher and Mike Myers - boasts neon-drenched heavy-stylised visuals but drowns under wannabe hip pretension and a lack of purpose. Really, shouldn't Robbie be doing better things nowadays after her Oscar-nominated performance in I, Tonya?

Margot Robbie and Max Irons in Terminal

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EIFF 2018: Calibre (2018) starring Jack Lowden and Martin McCann

This Scottish Highlands-set backwoods thriller sustains the slow-burning suspense throughout its 110 minutes and provides plenty of twists on its own well-worn cinematic niche. A very promising feature-length debut from writer-director Matt Palmer.

Calibre, the feature-length debut of writer-director Matt Palmer

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Red Sparrow (2018) starring Jennifer Lawrence

Francis Lawrence's attempt at modernising the Cold War thriller is a jarring and unpleasant mix of musty old cliches, rape, torture, romance and feminine empowerment. It has its moments as well as some fine performances but it's not particularly enjoyable.

Red Sparrow (2018)

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Murder on the Orient Express (2017) directed by Kenneth Branagh

This sumptuous Agatha Christie adaptation, also featuring Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley and Michelle Pfeiffer, does what it says on the tin decently enough.

Kenneth Branagh directs and stars in Murder on the Orient Express

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The Villainess (2017) directed by Byung-gil Jung

Review of an occasionally confusing but often epic and exhilarating South Korean variant of La Femme Nikita, starring Ok-bin Kim, Ha-kyun Shin and Jun Sung.

Ok-bin Kim plays Sook-hee in The Villainess

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The Snowman (2017) starring Michael Fassbender

Review and podcast of Tomas Alfredson's baffling and tensionless mess of an adaptation of Jo Nesbø's novel, featuring the novelty tune Popcorn by Hot Butter of all things.

Michael Fassbender in the Jo Nesbø adaptation The Snowman

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Blade Runner 2049 (2017) directed by Denis Villeneuve

A lengthy but impressive sequel - which effectively expands upon its predecessor's world and themes - starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Jared Leto and Ana de Armas.

A giant, holographic Ana de Armas in Blade Runner 2049


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Logan Lucky (2017) directed by Steven Soderbergh

A silly but pleasurable big screen comeback heist flick starring Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig and Katie Holmes.

Channing Tatum and Adam Driver in Logan Lucky


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Atomic Blonde (2017) starring Charlize Theron and James McAvoy

This particular Atomic Blonde has her finger right on the John Wick button.

Charlize Theron and James McAvoy in Atomic Blonde

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DVD/BLU RAY

Brooke Shields in Alice Sweet Alice

ARTICLES

Obey, written and directed by Jamie Jones

RETRO

Erik the Conqueror directed by Mario Bava

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