Review: Lost Girls (2020) – Clear, Cold & Clinical

Liz Garbus' Lost Girls is a dramatization of a real New York crime and the shockingly blundered investigation that it brought about. Garbus' past filmography has been solely devoted to documentary filmmaking and this Amy Ryan starring film plays at times in a clinical fashion, a retelling of facts for a captive audience, it manages …

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Review: Blow The Man Down (2020) – Compromise or Compromised?

Writing and directing duo Bridget Savage Cole and Danielle Krudy's low budget indie Blow the Man Down might be an incongruous blend of Coen brothers humour and Tarantino-esque spite but deep within the rotten core that makes up this black comedy crime caper is an utterly relatable question. Do we do bad things for the …

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Review: Stargirl (2020) – Why So Cynical?

Stargirl, based off the best selling book by author Jerry Spinelli, starts by welcoming you to its world by admitting its flaws. Bleak skies with grey tinted clouds and empty streets accompany an opening monologue that plays to the notion of conforming, of hiding away from not only people but the creativity that socialising often …

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Review: Amanda (2020) – Love Me Tender

Mikhaël Hers' Amanda begins with single mother Sandrine (Ophélia Kolb) explaining the phrase 'Elvis has left the building' to her 7-year-old daughter Amanda (Isaure Multrier). The payoff for this moment doesn't come until the closing minutes of an often dreary film but it is this lingering saying, a mixture of melancholy and optimism, that clings …

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Review: Military Wives (2020) – Keep Calm and Choir On

While for some Military Wives will feel like its own thing, a heartfelt story about different forms of courage. To me, it feels like a continuation of a trend that seems to be continuing unabated, with varying degrees of success. The cynical side of me can't help but see the releases of films about adults …

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Review: True History of the Kelly Gang (2020) – Two Lies Don’t Make A Truth

Ned Kelly to many was the last scream of a dying breed, an outlaw in a country quickly becoming civilised by industrialisation. The incoming train system connecting people and opportunities like never before. His actions, however, are largely unrecorded, shrouded in mystery and conjecture. The question became, was he doing the right thing for those …

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