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Beautiful Lies

Beautiful Lies

Sarah Ward July 24, 2011 0

The latest in a long line of romantic comedies to grace screens this year, Beautiful Lies unravels an unconventional love triangle with a farcical twist, yet can’t escape its ever present reliance on contrivance and coincidence.

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Special Treatment

Special Treatment

Sarah Ward July 16, 2011 0

Exploring the many parallels between prostitution and psychoanalysis, Jeanne Labrune’s Special Treatment may be amusing and moving, smart and sophisticated, and even humorous and heartfelt, however it feels somewhat insubstantial beyond its brief running time.

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Mozart’s Sister

Mozart’s Sister

Sarah Ward July 9, 2011 0

Exploring femininity and family, period piece Mozart’s Sister weaves strength, sadness and speculation into a bittersweet biopic of the teenage years of the talented, troubled sibling to the musical maestro of the eighteenth century.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

Sarah Ward July 5, 2011 0

Whilst meandering and melodramatic, and also over-reliant upon the eclectic collection of ensemble characters often seen in such efforts, French feature Little White Lies offers a moderately interesting exploration of the half truths that fuel friendships.

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The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life

Sarah Ward June 28, 2011 0

  Words can barely do master auteur Terrence Malick’s latest – and only fifth – lyrical feature justice, with The Tree Of Life an astounding, audacious, ambitious and operatic cinematic experience to be savoured, celebrated and scrutinised with equal

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Carancho (Spanish Film Festival)

Sarah Ward May 28, 2011 0

Whilst doctors and nurses proliferate as protagonists in features and series, paramedics aren’t afforded the same level of attention. Indeed, apart from the clunky comedies Mother, Jugs And Speed and Paramedics, and Martin Scorsese’s

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The Last Circus (Spanish Film Festival)

Sarah Ward May 20, 2011 0

Beloved by some, belittled by others, and seen as both entertaining and frightening in various guises, the amusing comic performers known as clowns made the leap from the circus to the screen with the

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Carlos (Alliance Française French Film Festival 2011)

Sarah Ward March 29, 2011 0

The name Ilich Ramírez Sánchez may not inspire instant recognition amongst the majority of the populace, however his nom de guerre certainly will. Under the guise of Carlos the Jackal, Venezuelan militant Sánchez was

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Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go

Sarah Ward March 27, 2011 0

A beautiful, emotional and remarkable science fiction tale, Mark Romanek’s  profound and powerful adaptation of  Kazuo Ishiguro’s best-selling novel Never Let Me Go takes hold of the audience from the opening, and acts as the telling title suggests. 

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Outside the Law (Alliance Française French Film Festival 2011)

Sarah Ward March 14, 2011 0

A stand-alone follow-up to writer / director Rachid Bouchareb’s Cannes Film Festival François Chalais award-winning world war two film Days Of Glory, Outside The Law provides a lengthy interpretation of the impact of French

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