Doctor Strange

Out Now Dr Strange is the latest in an ever-lengthening line of identikit Marvel projects, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as the eponymous neurosurgeon-turned-magicman. There is at least a vague attempt to put a new twist on the old familiar origin story shlock; Stephen Strange is a rich, peerless doctor who turns to a mystical temple when…

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Train to Busan

UK Release Date – 28th October 2016 Train to Busan, a South Korean action-horror from director Yeon Sang-ho, has been something of a breakout hit, breaking box office records across Asia. A smartly judged scope and bullish execution make it everything World War Z tried and failed to be. For the opening scenes of the…

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Free Fire

The 2016 BFI London Film Festival closed with Free Fire, a comic action thriller about an arms deal gone bad from acclaimed English director Ben Wheatley. Wheatley, considered by many to be among the best and boldest of British filmmaking talent, came to the project off the back of High Rise, his brilliant, divisive J.G.…

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Nocturama

Debate Gala Nocturama, a slow and challenging thriller about a terrorist attack in Paris, is hard to decontextualise from the recent real-life tragedies. The first stretch of Bertrand Bonello’s film shows the meticulous preparation undertaken by a seemingly disparate group of Parisian youths in implementing a coordinated sequence of terrorist attacks. People board trains, exit…

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Lady Macbeth

First Feature Competition Adapted from Nikolai Leskov’s Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, first published in Dostoyevsky’s magazine Epoch in 1865, William Oldroyd’s Lady Macbeth promised to be a dark tale of love and deceit. This it was not. Boring rather than brooding, Lady Macbeth never truly finds its feet, despite a couple of glimmerings…

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