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  • Deadly Virtues: Love.Honour.Obey. 2014

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    Review for Grolsch FilmWorks grolschfilmworks.com/ca/reviews/deadly-virtues-love-honour-obey

    A figure (Edward Akrout), his face obscured, walks in a leafy suburban street at night. He pauses, significantly, to tie his shoelace (in a film full of knots and twine), before using a cut key to sneak into an immaculate middle-class home. On his way upstairs towards the sound of vigorous sex coming from the first floor, this stranger hesitates to pick up – and sniff deeply – a discarded high heel, before entering the…

  • Rio 2 2014

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    For Film4 www.film4.com/reviews/2014/rio-2


    Synopsis: A family of rare blue macaws discovers it is a little less endangered in this animated, Amazon-set sequel from the makers of Ice Age.

    Review: Learning that they may not be the last blue Spix’s Macaws left on the planet, Blu (Jesse Eisenberg), his partner Jewel (Anne Hathaway), and their three children head to a remote part of the Amazon in search of their long lost kin - joined by their avian friends, pursued by vengeful…

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  • Nymphomaniac 2013

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    review from Film4 (slightly altered)
    www.film4.com/reviews/2013/nymphomaniac

    Descriptive synopsis: Controversial Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier rounds off his 'Trilogy of Depression' with a tale (in two parts) of sexual liberation, oppression and exploitation.

    Review:
    "Fill all my holes, please."
    It is perhaps not as catchy as the line "Chaos reigns" from Lars von Trier's Antichrist (2009), the first film of the so-called 'Trilogy of Depression' (which Nymphomaniac closes) - but nonetheless it is a line repeated several times by the heroine…

  • Starred Up 2013

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    Review for EyeforFilm eyeforfilm.co.uk/review/starred-up-2013-film-review-by-anton-bitel

    Starred Up is a story of fathers and sons, of violence and control, of pent-up emotions and revolving doors, of self-perpetuating problems and unwanted (if certainly effective) solutions. In other words, it is a film about masculinity and society, which just happens to be set in the closed system of a prison. That said, its allegorical underpinnings are offset by a pervasive realism: for it is the first screenplay by Jonathan Asser, who has spent 12…