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The New Girlfriend

François Ozon’s quirky, witty dramas have made him one of Europe’s most alternative yet accessible film directors. In this latest dissection of sexuality is his decision to tackle men’s gender issues worthy of praise or just a ...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The Falling

Carol Morley’s follow-up to her acclaimed, haunting doc Dreams of a Life sees her branch out into fictional territory with no less intoxicating results. 1969 and at a strict rural Girls’ School somewhere deep in the British cou...
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
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While We’re Young

Taking a break from the ever-increasing diminishing returns the likes of The Watch and Night at the Snoozeum bring, it’s pleasing to see Ben Stiller once more team up with Greenberg director Noah Baumbach for more introspective...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Can’t Come Out To Play

Released under the title The Harvest in cinemas it’s perhaps easy to see why director John McNaughton’s thriller was re-titled to Can’t Come Out To Play for its DVD release. Never quite lifting itself from its TV movie/Ch...
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
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Very Good Girls

While it’s not at all surprising why both Dakota Fanning (alongside her sister Elle) and Elizabeth Olsen are often touted as rising stars of Hollywood, it’s equally surprising why a film such as Very Good Girls which casts them...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

Sweden and its neighbours may be known at the moment for their dark, brooding mysteries so you might think it a mystery in itself why, Headhunters and Jackpot aside, the rich vein of black comedies that abound in the Nordic Noi...
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
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The Hypnotist

Feels like a crime drama set in Scandinavia comes with a Nordic Noir tag, and while some – Jo Nesbo’s Headhunters for example – deserve their billing up there with The Killing et al, others feel like their tagging along for a r...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Concussion

Much like the old bus adage, you wait for one movie about a bored housewife turning to the sex industry to spice up her life and then two come along in the same year. But whereas Jill Soloway’s delightfully performed Afternoon ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
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A Long Way Down

Considering the standard of Nick Hornby film adaptations has been rather high (Colin Firth and Mark Strong appeared in the underrated Fever Pitch after all) the fact that director Pascal Chaumeil has assembled a strong cast for...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The Sea

It appears the ‘Book vs Film’ argument is one that undulates as much as the waves of John Banville’s Booker prize winning novel on which this adaptation is based. For every decent Potter or LOTR adaptation or The Shining among ...