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  • World Cinema Project Volume One DVD Review

    World Cinema Project Volume One DVD Review

    4/5
    Martin Scorsese Presents: World Cinema Project Volume One, the first in a planned series of releases from Eureka!’s Masters of Cinema label, marks the exciting arrival of the filmmaker’s World Cinema Foundation (WCF) onto UK DVD/BD. The WCF, an initiative set up by Scorsese in 2007, identifies, preserves and restores neglected films from regions of [...]

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  • Utopia Review

    Utopia Review

    3.5/5
    London-based journalist John Pilger‘s latest documentary, Utopia, returns him once again to his native Australia to investigate the continual mistreatment of the country’s indigenous population. Co-directed by Alan Lowery, the film is due to screen on ITV later this year following a UK theatrical stint, and is a convincingly powerful spark of an all-too-infrequently discussed [...]

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  • Only Lovers Left Alive Review | London Film Festival 2013

    Only Lovers Left Alive Review | London Film Festival 2013

    3/5
    Like Wes Anderson, Jim Jarmusch is one of those US auteurs whose distinct style and influence upon contemporaries has brought both a loyal fanbase and a more predatory pack of critics who dislike his work but go to see his films anyway, waiting to dish out ad hominem accusations of being or having “too much [...]

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  • Locke Review | London Film Festival 2013

    Locke Review | London Film Festival 2013

    3.5/5
    Under the high-pressure strains of contemporary capitalism, work negates family – and then itself. More specifically, in Locke, the daily demands suffered at the top of the construction business beget loneliness and, by extension, infidelity, and the solid foundations on which both a happy marriage with two children and a decade-long job rest are paralleled [...]

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  • Salvo Review | London Film Festival 2013

    Salvo Review | London Film Festival 2013

    3/5
    Saleh Bakri is Salvo Mancuso, a Palermo gangster who, in the rat-a-tat opening sequence of Salvo, protects his boss from an assassination attempt and hunts down Renato Pizzuto, the man responsible for ordering the hit. Murdering Renato, Salvo falls immediately for his blind sister Rita (Sara Serraiocco), and – unable to kill her too – [...]

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  • Eastern Boys Review | London Film Festival 2013

    Eastern Boys Review | London Film Festival 2013

    4/5
    In and around the Gare du Nord Metro station in Paris, young male Eastern European immigrants roam in a pack, killing time, eyeing up commuters, and arousing the suspicions of and taking flight from members of staff. One of them, the youngest, is chased outside by a security guard; clad in a Nike zip-up, he [...]

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