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Berlinale 2019: The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea

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Simon Ramshaw reviews the oddball backwater Greek drama from Berlinale 2019
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Published on February 15, 2019
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Berlinale 2019: By the Grace of God

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Simon Ramshaw reviews François Ozon's latest, By the Grace of God
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Published on February 13, 2019
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Berlinale 2019: The Bra

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Simon Ramshaw covers the Azerbaijan-set silent comedy about a missing brassiere
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Published on February 13, 2019
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Berlinale 2019: The Kindness of Strangers

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As part of our Berlinale festival coverage, Simon Ramshaw reviews Lone Scherfig's new film, The Kindness of Strangers
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Published on February 08, 2019
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Widows

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Megan Porter reviews Widows, the new heist thriller from 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen
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Published on November 28, 2018
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Back to Berlin

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Joe Horsey reviews Back to Berlin (2018), the new documentary by Catherine Lurie
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Published on November 23, 2018
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Mandy

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Simon Ramshaw reviews Mandy (2018), the "heavy metal horror" directed by Panos Cosmatos
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Published on November 04, 2018
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Halloween

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James C. Taylor reviews Halloween
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Published on October 31, 2018
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Searching

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Josh Schulze reviews Searching, the latest in a series of "desktop films"
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Published on October 30, 2018
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You Were Never Really Here

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Simon Ramshaw reviews Lynne Ramsay's latest
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Published on September 25, 2018
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Insidious: The Last Key

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Josh Schulze reviews The Last Key, the fourth film in the Insidious horror franchise
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Published on July 16, 2018
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Okja

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Josh Schulze reviews the latest film from Bong Joon-ho, and considers the possibilities offered by streaming and VOD
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Published on July 18, 2017
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Uncertain

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A stylish small town documentary that is both timely and timeless; by Patrick Pilkington
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Published on March 15, 2017
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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

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A charming film with striking imagery but some weakness in plot
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Published on October 02, 2016
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Goosebumps

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Cat Lester reviews the pleasingly surprising and suitably scary big-screen adaptation of the 1990s book series
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Published on April 04, 2016
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45 Years

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A navigation of the complexities of human relationships; by Claire Jesson
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Published on September 11, 2015
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Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

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Blockbuster action refreshingly grounded in charatcer; by Nick Jones
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Published on August 07, 2015
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Song of the Sea

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A suprisingly sombre tale, exploring family grief through Irish mythology,by Zoë Shacklock
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Published on July 19, 2015
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Phoenix

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A reworking of Vertigo that transforms a pulpy premise into something mythical, by James Slaymaker
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Published on July 07, 2015
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Results

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Brings added nuance and psychological depth to the rom-com formula; by James Slaymaker
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Published on June 09, 2015
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