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Dear Comrades!

Dear Comrades! is a film about actual events that took place in the USSR in 1962, when the Soviet authorities reacted to a strike at the Novocherkassk Electric Locomotive Plant by opening fire on the

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Juan Daniel Garcia Treviño as Ulises

I’m No Longer Here

There’s a hint of early Jim Jarmusch in I’m No Longer Here (Ya no estoy aqui originally), a spicy Mexican drama with an offbeat attitude and a strong sense of place. Early Jarmusch often featured

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David and Amanda


Amanda uses the Islamist terror attacks in Paris in 2015 as a springboard for a quiet drama about loss. Since the focus is resolutely on the human rather than the political, it might be a

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Sitting around a camp fire

Genus Pan

Genus Pan is a short film, by the standards of Lav Diaz, the Filipino film-maker whose output includes 2008’s Melancholia (7 hours 30 minutes) and 2011’s Century of Birthing (6 hours). The film that made

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Balram, Pinky and Ashok

The White Tiger

Director Ramin Bahrani’s adaptation of Aravind Adiga’s Man Booker-winning novel The White Tiger looks at first like it’s going to be one of those “trickster” stories about a low-born person cutting a swathe through life

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Ulysses and Flora

Flora and Ulysses

Flora and Ulysses is a bright Disney family movie with a “turn that frown upside down” message, lively performances, funny bits that are funny, a cute kid in the lead, fantastic supporting turns. If it

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Peter Dinlage and Rosamund Pike

I Care a Lot

You used to see plenty of films like I Care a Lot in 1990s. In the slipstream of Quentin Tarantino’s first burst of success there was a glut of movies with a “who’s zooming who”

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Anna and Ray in a car


Sci-fi costs money. All those sets, all that tech. But there’s an honourable tradition of good lo-fi sci-fi that Lapsis fits into neatly. Films like The Signal, Attack the Block, Timecrimes and Monsters are only

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Fern has a cigarette


In January 2011 the US Gypsum plant in Empire, Nevada, shut down. By July of the same year the town’s zip code had been discontinued. Nomadland makes personal a phenomenon that’s been going on for

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