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Apostle looks like an ultraviolent blast of folk horror from The Raid director Gareth Evans

It’s been over six years since Gareth Evans exploded onto the action cinema scene with The Raid, one of the most extraordinarily violent and choreographed martial arts films ever made, and four years since he released its ambitious follow-up The Raid 2. Now teaming up with Netflix, Gareth Evans is back with the trailer for …

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The Coen Brothers return to the old west with the trailer for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Are the Coen Brothers the greatest living filmmakers? For over thirty years, the brothers have crafted some of the greatest films of all time, tackling everything from seedy noir (debut Blood Simple) and slapstick comedy (Raising Arizona) to offbeat crime capers (Fargo) and musical odysseys (Inside Llewyn Davis). If there’s one genre the brothers seem particularly fond …

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Do horror films need to be scary to work?

I’ve been pondering this question since I watched and reviewed Ghost Stories last week. My biggest complaint about Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson’s spooky theatrical adaptation was that the scares simply failed to translate from stage to screen. There were a couple of fun jump scares, but nothing to keep you awake at night. However, …

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Why you should be excited for the Suspiria remake

When it was first announced that Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name) was remaking Dario Argento’s classic 1977 horror Suspiria, horror fans were understandably nervous. Argento’s Suspiria is perhaps the most singular and dazzling horror film you’re likely to see. The neon lighting, the elaborate, operatic setpieces, the aggressive score by Goblin – it’s truly one of a …

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Green Room director Jeremy Saulnier returns with the trailer for wolf-hunting thriller Hold the Dark

No genre director has made such a powerful breakthrough in the last decade than Jeremy Saulnier. In 2013, his low budget revenge thriller Blue Ruin earned rave reviews and made a minor indie icon out of bearded, bedraggled star Macon Blair. Two years later, Saulnier followed up his breakout hit with Punk Rockers vs. Nazis horror Green Room, a …

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Mark Kermode’s Secrets of Cinema is now on the iPlayer

Attention British film fans: Mark Kermode’s fantastic five part documentary series Secrets of Cinema will be available on the BBC iPlayer for the next year. Spending each episode dissecting the history and conventions of popular genres (including The Rom-Com and The Heist Movie), Secrets of Cinema is a fascinating series that will give even the …

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Why I stopped watching The Handmaid’s Tale

At what point do you stop watching a television show? Sometimes it’s within one or two episodes, as you realise that the quality is poor and unlikely to get better. Other times, it’s after multiple seasons and dozens of episodes when the writers have begun to spin their wheels and drag out their stories as …

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Remembering Robby Müller with his ten greatest shots

In sad news, cinematographer Robby Müller passed away on Wednesday 4th July. For those who don’t know, Müller was perhaps the defining cinematographer of 80s and 90s independent cinema. Initially known for his work with Wim Wenders, including perhaps the most gorgeous film of all time Paris, Texas, Müller would go on to frequently collaborate with Jim Jarmusch …

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Catching up with Coco

The problem with creating a ‘Best Of’ list at the end of each year is that some terrific films inevitably fall through the cracks. As much as I’d love to see every major film of 2018 by the end of December, I already know I’ll miss some underrated gems, box office hits and other terrific …

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In Praise of Douglas Sirk and Melodrama

Recently, I’ve been enjoying MUBI’s fantastic selection of classic Douglas Sirk melodramas. For those who don’t know, Sirk was a German-born director best known for his run of lush romantic dramas in the 1950s. From 1952 to to 1959, he directed over a dozen films, working with screen legends like Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Rock …

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