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Begin Again Review

Sunday, 20 July 2014 13:35

After his heartfelt modern musical Once became a surprise hit, winning an Oscar and inspiring a Broadway musical, Irish director John Carney fell off the map with a series of minor efforts that failed to make any impact. He's now back with Begin Again, another film that focuses on lost people who find a connection through music, only this time it's a big, glossy Hollywood romcom loaded with big names and pop star cameos.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Review

Saturday, 19 July 2014 14:00

Back in 2011, Rupert Wyatt's prequel/reboot Rise of the Planet of the Apes surprised pretty much everyone by being a smarter-than-average blockbuster that made a computer-animated ape a sympathetic and compelling character. While that film benefited from low expectations, its follow up arrives with a lot of hype and incumbent director Matt Reeves had a big job on his hands ensuring Dawn of the Planet of the Apes lived up to it.

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EIFF 2014: Joe Review

Monday, 14 July 2014 21:31

After taking an unexpected turn into slick, studio comedies, David Gordon Green made a semi-comeback to smaller, independent fare with last year's Prince Avalanche, a film that mixed both his broad comic sensibilities with his introspective indie roots. With his latest film Joe, a richly textured rural drama, Green takes another step back to his early, artsy ones.

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EIFF 2014: Let Us Prey Review

Thursday, 10 July 2014 22:00

The opening sequence of Let Us Prey, a visually striking scene which sees a mysterious figure standing on the seafront surrounded by shrieking crows, sets the tone for an uneven but enjoyable exercise in genre filmmaking from debut director Brian O'Malley.

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EIFF 2014: Hide and Seek Review

Tuesday, 08 July 2014 21:57

In an attempt to escape the rigmarole of daily life in the modern world, four good-looking London twentysomethings ditch their conventional life in the city in favour of a private commune in the countryside, in Joanna Coates feature film debut Hide and Seek.

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EIFF 2014: X/Y Review

Monday, 07 July 2014 20:57

Starting with a nasty breakup, X/Y follows the couple as they go their separate ways and opens out to follow their two friends in four separate but intersecting chapters, giving a fresh spin on an otherwise standard relationship drama. Sophomore director Ryan Piers Williams focuses on the lives of these four thirtysomethings as they try to get a handle on their messy love lives.

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EIFF 2014: The Infinite Man Review

Sunday, 06 July 2014 16:01

Time travel films can be a hard thing to get right. No matter how good the film turns out, its time travel mechanics will always be under immense scrutiny. Australian writer/director Hugh Sullivan’s The Infinite Man, as well as working as a charming romantic comedy, appears to have sound time travel logic and uses its conceit well.

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EIFF 2014: Something, Anything Review

Saturday, 05 July 2014 22:09

Paul Harrill's narrative feature debut Something, Anything tells the story of Peggy (Ashley Shelton), a young woman leading the life everyone expects of her. She has a cushy job in real estate, is engaged to marry her perfect middle-class husband Mark (Bryce Johnson) and the couple have a baby on the way. The opening of the film hurries through their wedding and her pregnancy, right up to the point that a sudden and traumatic miscarriage causes Peggy to re-evaluate her life.

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