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  • Mandy

    Mandy

    ★★★★

    The film Nic Cage has been working towards his entire career.

    Could do with a little first-act trimming, but holy shit, this was great.

  • The Festival

    The Festival

    ★★★

    An amiable Brit comedy that balances its crude gags with an off-kilter weirdness and some spot-on observations of the music festival experience.

    Full review at Flickering Myth - www.flickeringmyth.com/2018/08/movie-review-the-festival-2018/

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  • Icarus

    Icarus

    ★★★★

    What begins as essentially Super Size Me for doping quickly transforms into a genuinely suspenseful examination of the Russian Olympic doping program.

    Equal parts terrifying and fascinating, it's persuasively, damningly told, especially with Russia's FIFA World Cup just around the corner, and benefits from the weirdly likeable presence of doping whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov.

    One of the better Netflix Originals recently; don't miss it.

  • First They Killed My Father

    First They Killed My Father

    ★★★½

    An impressive step up for Angelina Jolie as a director, this is a harrowing and affecting film, propelled by an INCREDIBLE performance from young actress Sareum Srey Moch and Anthony Dod Mantle's excellent cinematography. Unlike a lot of Netflix Originals, this actually looks like a proper FILM.

    It's held back from being great by a few directorial missteps which perhaps show Jolie's inexperience, using cheesy lightbulb effects during flashbacks/memories which would look more comfortable in a Saw film, some digitally-treated slow-motion and some choppy editing.

    Still, a very respectable effort and a fine prestige addition to Netflix's lineup.