REVIEW: T2 Trainspotting (2017)

Nostalgia can be a killer. It makes you look back on the past with a false, rosy glow. It can make things seem happier than they were. Nostalgia can make you less driven to find a better future, in the false belief that things used to be much better beforehand. It can also be the ...

REVIEW: The Equation of Love and Death (2008)

Li Mi (Zhou Xun) drives a taxi in Kunming. She has been looking fruitlessly for her vanished boyfriend for four years. On the same day that she picks up two passengers that turn out to be desperate criminals (Wang Baoqiang and Wang Yanhui), she thinks she sees her missing lover - only he (Deng Chao) ...

REVIEW: Blue Ruin (2013)

Dwight Evans (Macon Blair) is a homeless man living in a run-down blue sedan by the beach. A police officer tracks him down to inform him that Wade Cleland - the man who murdered Dwight's parents, is to be released from prison on parole. Dwight immediately collects his belongings and drives home to Virginia on ...

REVIEW: Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

A vast and unknown object is approaching Earth. It appears to destroy any starships in its way, and its ultimate intentions are a mystery. Admiral James T. Kirk (William Shatner) arranges to re-take command of his former ship the USS Enterprise and to investigate the mysterious entity and prevent it from destroying the planet. While ...

REVIEW: Planetarium (2016)

Laura (Natalie Portman) and Kate (Lily-Rose Depp) are sisters performing a seance act in a Parisian nightclub when they are picked up by film producer Andre Korben (Emmanuel Salinger). After experiencing a supernatural presence at a private session Korben grows obsessed with capturing the phenomenon on screen, catapulting Laura towards movie stardom while he undertakes ...

REVIEW: Lost in Paris (2016)

Fiona (Fiona Gordon) is a librarian living in Canada's icy north, who receives a worrisome letter from her 93 year-old Parisian aunt Martha (Emmanuelle Riva). Rushing to Paris to help her, she soon finds her aunt has disappeared, her luggage has gone missing, and she is being romanced by an eccentric homeless man named Dom ...

REVIEW: The Dancer (2016)

Aspiring American dancer Loie Fuller (Soko) travels to Paris to launch her career, revolutionising dance in the process. The Dancer is a biographical drama based on the life of avant garde performer Loie Fuller, who exerted an enormous influence over the development of dance and theatrical lighting. It also pulls in noted ballet performer Isadora Duncan, ...

REVIEW: Frost/Nixon (2008)

British television personality David Frost (Michael Sheen) thinks he has scored the coup of a lifetime: interviewing former American President Richard Nixon (Frank Langella) for a series of televised interviews. Dismissed by the American news media as a light-touch interviewer and struggling to find a network willing to buy the interviews once complete, Frost also ...

“All that cold blackness” | The Abyss (1989)

A United States submarine runs aground near the Cayman Trough, following an encounter with an unidentified object. With both Soviet submarines and a violent hurricane fast approaching, the crew of a deep-sea drilling platform are co-opted to assist a naval mission to secure the submarine. When the hurricane hits, and contact is lost with the ...

REVIEW: The Monkey King 2 (2016)

Soil Cheang's 2014 fantasy The Monkey King adapted the early chapters of Journey to the West, depicting an out-of-control Sun Wukong being tricked by the villainous Bull Demon King to rampage through heaven. As punishment, Wukong was trapped underneath a mountain for 500 years. The Monkey King 2 picks up five centuries later, as Wukong is rescued by, and then ...

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