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  • Souvenir

    Souvenir

    ★★

    With a brazenly cocksure attitude, cult Belgian filmmaker Bavo Defurne’s disappointingly innocuous sophomore feature, Souvenir, begins with a credits sequence that plays against a lively backdrop of sparkling effervescence. Coupled with the starry-eyed score, composed by American pianist Thomas Lauderdale’s ‘Pink Martini’ music group, it’s a film that promises its audience plenty of fizz and flavour, but instead offers them something that’s flat and tasteless.

    My Full Review: www.thelondoneconomic.com/film/souvenir-film-review/20/06/

  • Logan

    Logan

    ★★★½

    As has too often been the case with the X-MEN films, LOGAN frustrates in its inability to explore the richer thematic elements of the narrative; a quieter second act would have afforded a greater depth to the drama. However, at least it finally gives the series the closure it has arguably been craving since the second installment, visually it's compelling in its atmospheric cruelty - I viewed the monochrome "NOIR" version, but am keen to experience the dusty, sun-scorched original - and Jackman, muscular yet melancholic, has quite simply never been better.

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  • Café Society

    Café Society

    ★★★

    What charms us are the cast. Jesse Eisenberg tactfully embodies the awkward magnetism we fondly remember being an intrinsic part of Allen’s own persona in the likes of Annie Hall and Manhattan, without ever lapsing into impersonation: the director’s wonderfully witty dialogue brilliantly brought to life through Bobby’s edgy demeanour. But it’s Kristen Stewart, an actress unfairly dismissed by many as simply having a sulky screen presence, who captivates. It’s a performance that’s subtle, never sullen. Vonnie’s level-headed intelligence and…

  • 24 Weeks

    24 Weeks

    ★★★★½

    As it was in her first feature Two Mothers, the crux of Berrached’s film is the exploration of how women choose to live their lives. In this case, it’s the study of someone forced to confront a major moral quandary for which there is no simple solution. And crucially, the writer/director never volunteers one. 24 Weeks has no easy answers to the questions it poses because, as it makes clear, there aren’t any – a formative lesson for us all.…