The Rover

Runs until 11 February 2017 Mistaken identity, revenge, star crossed lovers, humour and Latin American music: what more could you want from a play? The RSC’s revival of one of the lesser-performed Restoration Comedies delights the audience with fast-paced wit and humour in Loveday Ingram’s directorial masterpiece The Rover. Set in the sinful fervour of…

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The Wailing

Thrill An underwhelming horror with an uncomfortable undertone, Na Hong Jin’s The Wailing could have been so much more. An impressive third genre in three films for the Korean director follows bumbling police sergeant Jong-goo (Kwak Do Won) as a strange spate of murders begin to grip his area. The perpetrators are found covered in…

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Dog Eat Dog

Thrill I don’t think there’s a figure in modern Hollywood cinema who divides so much criticism as Nicolas Cage, and it’s understandable why. He is an Academy Award winner, and for many who have seen The Wicker Man rather than Leaving Las Vegas, it’s understandable where the confusion lies. The noughties perhaps weren’t Cage’s golden…

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La La Land

Headline Gala Damien Chazelle follows up the brilliant Whiplash with La La Land, an exuberant, style-drenched tribute to bygone Hollywood musicals. Emma Stone plays Mia, a coffee shop barista and unsuccessful actress of nevertheless considerable talent. Ryan Gosling plays Sebastian, a jaded but idealistic jazz pianist who is stuck playing Christmas jingles to unengaged restaurant…

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Una

Official Competition When sitting down to watch a film, often the production companies that appear on screen don’t really offer much in the way of a clue to what tone you might be faced with. Film 4 doesn’t follow this rule. Harshly real, set in the UK, and utterly miserable, Una is exemplary of the…

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Manchester By The Sea

Headline Gala The death of a family member creates the strangest void in a person’s life. Barring personal illness, nothing stops life in its tracks in quite the same way. Work is put on hold, dinners are cancelled, and sometimes, individuals are wrenched from their very existence to fulfil their various newfound duties. In Kenneth…

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Divines

First Feature Competition Divines, directed by Uda Benyamina, is a funny, touching tale of innocence and ambition, with an eventual brutality that hits you like a brick. Growing up with a heavy-drinking mother and no money or father to speak of, teenage Dounia (Oulaya Amamra) lives out her schooldays dreaming of earning enough money to…

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Spaceship

Dare Weighed down by laughable pretentiousness, Spaceship never comes close to lift-off. This low-budget British film concerns a schoolgirl’s apparent abduction by aliens in a town in Surrey, which sends her schoolmates and her father into a spiral of cosmic and philosophical uncertainty. The characters all beggar belief; all of the schoolgirls are spacey, neon-haired…

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