Delphine’s Prayers (2021) Open City Documentary Festival Review

Delphine’s Prayers (2021) Open City Documentary Festival Review

‘Delphine’s Prayers’ (2021), from well regarded documentarian Rosine Mbakam, serves as a memoir by its subject, a Belgian immigrant with a traumatic, perspective-shifting story. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.

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Songs for the River (2021) Open City Documentary Festival Review

Songs for the River (2021) Open City Documentary Festival Review

Charlotte Ginsborg coronavirus pandemic documentary ‘Songs for the River’ highlights social and political issues from the perspective of a small London community. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.

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Juste un mouvement (2021) Open City Documentary Festival Review

Juste un mouvement (2021) Open City Documentary Festival Review

Inspired by the work of Jean-Luc Godard, Vincent Meessen’s ‘Juste un mouvement’ (2021) documentary on Senegalese left-wing revolutionary Omar Blondin Diop, review. By Sam Sewell-Peterson.

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Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (2021) Review

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (2021) Review

The creative minds behind the “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie” stage musical have adapted the story for the big screen in what may be 2021’s best movie musical. Mark Carnochan reviews.

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The Road Dance (2021) EIFF Review

The Road Dance (2021) EIFF Review

‘The Road Dance’, from filmmaker Richie Adams and adapted from the book by John MacKay, returns Scottish cinema to its roots, though makes for a frustrating experience. Mark Carnochan reviews.

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Mad God (2021) EIFF Review

Mad God (2021) EIFF Review

Phil Tippett, the man behind visual effects on the likes of ‘Jurassic Park’, directs stop motion animation ‘Mad God’, nightmare fuel 30 years in the making. Mark Carnochan reviews.

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Annette (2021) EIFF Review

Annette (2021) EIFF Review

Sparks and Leos Carax combine for the unique and interesting movie musical ‘Annette’, starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard. Mark Carnochan reviews.

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Mandibles (2021) EIFF Review

Mandibles (2021) EIFF Review

‘Mandibles’ (2020/21), the latest film from French director Quentin Dupieux and starring Adèle Exarchopoulos, is a significant drop in quality from ‘Deerskin’. Mark Carnochan reviews.

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Here Today (2021) EIFF Review

Here Today (2021) EIFF Review

Bolly Crystal writes, directs and co-stars with Tiffany Haddish in ‘Here Today’ (2021), a film that survives on the charisma and chemistry of its leading duo. Mark Carnochan reviews.

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The Beta Test (2021) EIFF Review

The Beta Test (2021) EIFF Review

Jim Cummings’ newest offering, ‘The Beta Test’, is a ‘Twilight Zone’ shaped Hollywood rabbit hole filled with murder, mystery, manipulation, data harvesting, consumerism, greed and luxury stationery. Leoni Horton reviews.

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