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Gerald’s Game is a faithful Stephen King adaptation – to a fault

Is it fair to say the best Stephen King adaptations tend to ditch most of his material? The Shawshank Redemption swapped its Irish protagonist for Morgan Freeman. Stanley Kubrick changed almost everything about The Shining. Even this year’s It, one of the most successful horror films of all time, removed King’s infamously disturbing sewer scene. …

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I Am Not A Witch is a mesmerising look at modern day witch trials

It might seem unthinkable that a film set in 2017 could depict a young girl being convicted of witchcraft, but that’s the situation in a remote village in Zambia, the setting for Rungano Nyoni’s terrific debut feature I Am Not A Witch. Mixing biting satire with coming-of-age tragedy, Nyoni has crafted one of the most …

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Robert Pattinson gives a career-best performance in the thrilling Good Time

Since catapulting into the A-list (and the hearts of teenage girls) with the Twilight series, Robert Pattinson has been on a mission. Rejecting mainstream leading roles, he has instead been quietly trailblazing across the independent film scene for the last five years; working with legendary auteurs (David Cronenberg, Werner Herzog) and indie darlings (James Gray, Brady …

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Rocky-meets-I Daniel Blake in the scrappy British boxing drama Jawbone

A British realism take on the sports film is hardly a unique idea, but it’s pulled off effectively by director Thomas Napper and first-time screenwriter Johnny Harris in the solid boxing drama Jawbone. Starring Harris as alcoholic former boxer Jimmy, the film has plenty of grit and heart, even if it can’t resist the clichés …

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The Killing of a Sacred Deer is either the darkest comedy or the creepiest horror of the year

Opening with graphic images of open-heart surgery, The Killing of a Sacred Deer pushes and provokes its audience as much as possible. Greek misanthrope Yorgos Lanthimos enjoys inherently weird or ridiculous scenarios, forcing viewers to go on the journey or exit quickly. His 2009 breakthrough Dogtooth showed a father teaching his children strange myths about …

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The Death of Stalin is hilarious and horrifying in equal measure

Perhaps the greatest political satirist of the last decade, Armando Iannucci has created comedy masterpieces out of British government (The Thick of It), the War on Terror (In the Loop), and US presidential bids (Veep). Having conquered television comedy (Veep has so far yielded seventeen Emmys), Iannucci is back on the big screen with another …

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Louis Theroux is back with the upsetting Heroin Town

Rebounding from the rather disappointing feature film My Scientology Movie, Louis Theroux is back on the BBC with Heroin Town, an upsetting and brutally frank documentary about Huntington, West Virginia, a town ravaged by drug addiction. While it doesn’t offer the jaw-dropping idiocy of America’s Most Hated Family or the emotional journey of Drinking to …

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mother! is the most controversial film of the year for a reason

Already the year’s most controversial film, Darren Aronofsky’s insane horror mother! has divided audiences. Some find the film’s histrionic performances and increasingly unpleasant twists to be a deranged delight, while others have revolted against the disturbing violence and blunt allegory. While it’s fair to say Aronofsky lacks a light touch (the metaphor hits you like …

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God’s Own Country review on Cinema’s Fringes

I’ve written another review for Scottish film site Cinema’s Fringes, this time for the terrific Yorkshire drama God’s Own Country. You can read it at this link. By Harry J. Ford Follow Ford On Film on twitter: @Ford_On_Film Like Ford On Film on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FordOnFilm/

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Free Fire is a fun, throwaway shootout from Ben Wheatley

After last year’s middling JG Ballard adaptation High-Rise, Free Fire is a (mild) return to form for prolific British director Ben Wheatley. Working with his biggest cast and budget (a relatively small $10 mil) to date, Free Fire lacks the charm and originality of his earlier low budget films, but it’s refreshing to see a well-crafted, …

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