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  • Free Fire

    Free Fire


    The London Film Festival has saved one of its best cards until the very end, screening the hugely anticipated Free Fire on its closing night. Officially not released until next spring, exactly one year after the vivid, thought-provoking mess that was High Rise, Ben Wheatley’s latest film is an extravagant but piercing cinematic feast of crass humour, bullets and blood. We’re far from the metaphorical concepts, the moral complexity and the relevance to today’s society that marked some of Wheatley’s…

  • Kong: Skull Island

    Kong: Skull Island


    I couldn’t help rolling my eyes when I found out that Kong: Skull Island, the umpteenth film about the monstrous king ape, is part of a Legendary franchise that includes Gareth Edwards’s Godzilla (2014), created with the idea of making the two creatures clash in an upcoming feature. With sequels and reboots spreading worse than a dropped bag of popcorn - cue Harry Potter and Star Wars spinoffs, DC, and obviously the Marvel superhero bonanza - franchises are becoming increasingly…

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  • Personal Shopper

    Personal Shopper


    The last time actress Kristen Stewart and director Olivier Assayas teamed up, it was for the much acclaimed Cloud of Sils Maria (2014), which earned the César Award for Best Supporting Actress. It was the first time an American actress won France’s most prominent film award, and it meant a great deal for Stewart, whose acting skills had never been taken seriously since her infamous performances in the Twilight (2008-2012) saga films. The two are working together again on Assayas’s…

  • Winter's Tale

    Winter's Tale


    I lost count of the times I’ve seen "love" and "destiny" going together in a Hollywood film. The two concepts are often forcedly connected, and perhaps this is the first reason that makes Winter's Tale (released in the United Kingdom as A New York Winter's Tale) a complete disappointment. The film is adapted from a 1983 book written by novelist, journalist and conservative commentator Mark Helprin: a tale of considerable success, which gained a large number of admirers over the…