Category: Review

Maria Magyar meets the vampire

Comrade Drakulich

  Can the might of the communist system in 1960s Hungary defeat an Undead vampire? Comrade Drakulich (aka Drakulics Elvtárs) has a bit of fun finding out. Mária Magyar (Lili Walters) is a pretty, junior-level Hungarian spy detailed to escort hero of the worldwide communist revolution Béla Fábián (Zsolt Nagy)

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Petra on her shagpile carpet

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

  Though he had 40+ films to his name when he died in 1982 aged 37, Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s roots lay in the theatre and it often showed. They’re clearly visible in The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, a film taking place on one set where a handful of

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Tristan Harris (left) checks his phone

The Social Dilemma

  Somewhere between the greenlighting of the 2013 Owen Wilson/Vince Vaughn comedy The Internship – about two washed-up Generation Xers trying to make a go of it at Google – the attitude towards the tech giants changed. Intended as a genial comedy – and part financed by Google – it went

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Mariana Di Girólamo

Ema

  The first film I saw of Pablo Larraín’s was 2008’s Tony Manero, which was about a man whose passion in life was posing as John Travolta’s character, Tony Manero, out of Saturday Night Fever. Larraín’s interest in people pretending to be something they’re not continues in Ema, which also

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Krista Kosonen in dominatrix gear

Dogs Don’t Wear Pants

  Grief rather than lust is what drives Dogs Don’t Wear Pants, the well-told story of a Finnish man who starts visiting a dominatrix after his wife dies. Director and co-writer J-P Valkeapää’s drama (with the odd comedic touch) is delivered in three big chunks. Chunk one is brief and

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(l-r) Gerald Jones III, Jaden Michael and Gregory Diaz IV

Vampires vs. the Bronx

  Cockneys vs Zombies given a wipe-down and relocated to the US, maybe? But Vampires vs. the Bronx isn’t a reworking of the 2012 British film even though it’s also about the denizens of a run-down part of a world city taking on a mythical horror foe. Are the vampires

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Emilia Jones, George MacKay

Nuclear

  After His House and A Dim Valley, Nuclear is the third film with an uneasy supernatural element that I’ve seen in the last three days. All three use the otherworldly element to put a spin on a familiar genre – two/three genres in the case of Nuclear. The first

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Johnny Flynn

Stardust

  Stardust, echoing the title of his most consequential album, Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, charts the journey of David Bowie from washout – the big 1969 hit Space Oddity not having led on to greatness – to the moment he became the David Bowie of legend. Gabriel

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Rosalie Lowe, Rachel McKeon, Feathers Wise

A Dim Valley

  A Dim Valley is a quiet but bizarre drama that sets off in one direction only to blindside. All seems familiar at the outset. Three guys out on a botany field trip in Kentucky – two students and the prof. The students are the jockish one Albert (Whitmer Thomas)

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Kearney, Rez, Matthew and Jen

Here Are the Young Men

  Three Irish gobshites have a last summer of fun before maturity claims them in Eoin Macken’s Here Are the Young Men, a tantalising mix of the familiar and the fantastical. It’s nearly 50 years since Peter Bogdanovich’s The Last Picture Show. Made in 1971 but nostalgic for 20 years

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