the wolfpack

The Wolfpack: a band of six brothers from the Lower East Side with waist-length hair, dressed in Reservoir Dogs-style black suits and shades; brothers with an incredible bond and a strange and troubling past ...

 

 

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gemma bovery

It’s always difficult to create a truly satisfying story if you’re constantly referencing another far greater work of art. If you don’t deal with your material in just the right manner you’re in danger of giving your audience the opportunity to wish they were watching (or reading) something truly great ...

 

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Mistress America

As a reviewer you’re meant to give the impression that you’ve seen it all and have the heart rate of a blue whale. But once in a while you just want to gush, so I’m going to: I love the Baumbach-Gerwig combination, I really flipping love it and I love them.

 

I did wonder if they’d been able to recreate the magic of their collaborative debut Frances Ha (2012). But I needn’t have worried ...

 

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the diary of a teenage girl

First-time director Marielle Heller had something of a mission to make The Diary of a Teenage Girl, her debut film, starring newcomer Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård and Kristen Wiig. But after being given Phoebe Gloeckner’s book of the same name ...

 

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the wonders

The Wonders (Le Meraviglie) begins with a long establishing shot, a briefer version of which writer-director Alice Rohrwacher used in the opening of her striking debut, Corpo Celeste (2011) ...

 

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Love and Mercy

‘Brian’s pocket symphony to God’ is how Marilyn, Wilson’s first wife, describes ‘Good Vibrations’ during a celebratory dinner in Bill Pohlad’s superb Love & Mercy ...

 

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above and below

The self is the universe and the universe the self, the micro and macrocosm – as above, so below. Nicolas Steiner’s documentary focuses on individuals living on the fringes of society, who are in some way adrift, and yet whose way of being brings them closer to an understanding of the world.

 

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astraea / keep moving

In Greek mythology, the goddess Astraea was the last to leave earth, the last to give up on doomed and debased humanity. But her return will herald a new utopian golden age ... 

 

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elephant's dream

The Democratic Republic of the Congo, the second-largest country in Africa, is normally only portrayed in terms of its troubled past and present: colonialism, civil wars, violence and corruption. But in Kristof Bilsen’s documentary ...

 

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elsewhere, ny

Other people’s relationships are not necessarily that fascinating. But love is; won or lost, tragically missed or fortuitously found – there is drama built into the idea of it, if not the reality ...

 

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She's Funny that way

In 1962 Bogdanovich wrote of Ernst Lubitsch’s film, Cluny Brown: ‘Charming, delightful, very funny, and completely carefree.’ Fast forward fifty-odd years and She’s Funny That Way, an old-Hollywood inspired farce...

 

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Phoenix

There is a surreal nightmarish scene near the beginning of Christian Petzold’s Phoenix. Two patients, their faces completely bandaged up, step out into a greenly sterile hospital corridor ...

 

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A pigeon sat on a branch reflecting on existence

 

In the opening scene of A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, the final part of Roy Andersson’s trilogy ‘about being a human’, a man drops dead whilst his wife cooks in the kitchen behind him ...

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LAST Knights 

Perhaps the most striking thing about Kazuaki Kiriya’s third feature and his English-language debut, Last Knights, is the unexplained world he ushers us into ...

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