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  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    Bohemian Rhapsody

    ★★★½

    It feels like a bit of a watered down version of Freddy and Queen but the performances are top notch, the production is impeccable and the music is as powerful as it has ever been. I was so moved in places I may have shed a tear or two and the Live Aid re-creation brought goosebumps.

  • Blue My Mind

    Blue My Mind

    ★★★

    Though I found the ending unsatisfying, I really enjoyed Lisa Brühlmann's movie. Would love to see more from her.

    Full review:
    www.quietearth.us/articles/2018/11/Coming-of-Age-Goes-Fantastical-in-BLUE-MY-MIND-Review

  • Sisters

    Sisters

    ★★★½

    My favourite part of this is definitely Kidder wriggling around on the floor intercut with the woman at the bakery writing "Happy Birthday" on the cake. Completely effective.

  • Profile

    Profile

    ★★★½

    I haven't seen a lot of the "unfold on the screen" movies but Bekmambetov's entry certainly feels like the one to beat.

  • People's Republic of Desire
  • The House That Jack Built

    The House That Jack Built

    ★★

    I've been mulling a half-written review of this for a couple of weeks but when I finally sat down to finish it, I just couldn't bring myself to spend any more time on von Trier and his ridiculous bullshit.

    I can appreciate that he has demons and that he exorcises those demons through film but I don't need to watch as he insults half of humanity with his BS about women and how victimized he feels. Spare me already.

    I'm done.

  • Seder-Masochism

    Seder-Masochism

    ★★★★

    A glorious, hilarious, hugely enjoyable musical take-down of religion.

  • Freaks

    Freaks

    ★★★½

    A fun sci-fi thriller about people with powers. Hard for it not to feel like a bit of a derivative of "X-Men" but it's a fun watch and Lexy Kolker is really great.

  • Destroyer

    Destroyer

    ★★★

    A transformative performance from Kidman but both she and Kusama have done better. Solid but the ending is problematic.

  • Fugue

    Fugue

    ★★★

    I liked, but didn't love, The Lure but Smoczynska's follow-up, though it features a similar fantastical element, feels far more sophisticated, tackling similar themes but in a more toned down approach.

    Great performance from Gabriela Muskala in the lead.

  • The Front Runner

    The Front Runner

    ★★★

    Timely and Jackman gives a good performance but the movie feels oddly bland and really long.

  • Vox Lux

    Vox Lux

    ★★★½

    Second half not nearly as interesting as the first but overall, still an interesting watch.

    Festival review:
    www.quietearth.us/articles/2018/10/VIFF-2018-Pop-Stardom-Explored-in-VOX-LUX-Review