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London Film Festival: Can You Ever Forgive Me

Writers:  Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty Director: Marielle Heller Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Some of the world’s most audacious crimes have been carried out by a single individual able to fool the experts. While we most often think of forgery as an art crime where famous works are directly copied and sold as originals, Lee Israel applied the same logic to ...

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London Film Festival: Only You

Writer and Director:  Harry Wootliff Reviewer: Maryam Philpott How tiresome these generic stories if female fertility have become, and thanks to Glen Close’s performance in Fatal Attraction30 years ago, the frustrated childless woman turned emotional psychopath is a well-worn cliché. Harry Wootliff’s debut film as writer and director ploughs much the same furrow as many before him, turning in an ...

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London Film Festival: Benjamin

Writer and Director:  Simon Amstell Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The film industry loves nothing better than to look at itself, but there are significant differences in the UK and US approach. The Americans tend to focus on the extremes, either celebrating the joyous magic of Hollywood in movies such as Singing in the Rain and La La Land, or warning of its ...

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London Film Festival: A Private War

Writers: Marie Brenner and Arash Amel Director:  Matthew Heineman Reviewer: Maryam Philpott One of the biggest wins of this year’s London Film Festival has been the increased number of intelligent female-led stories. Along with the enjoyable Can You Ever Forgive Me starring Melissa McCarthy as a literary fraudster, the programmers have also included A Private War as the Mayor of London Gala screening, ...

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London Film Festival: Dublin Oldschool

Writers: Emmet Kirwan, Dave Tynan Director:  Dave Tynan Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Books and plays are the frequent basis for film, but it's fairly rare to see an Irish film of an Irish play screened at a major international festival. Dublin Oldschool is Emmet Kirwan’s adaptation of his own play written in 2014. With its heart and soul in the Irish city, ...

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London Film Festival: If Beale Street Could Talk

Writer and Director: Barry Jenkins Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Following-up on the highly acclaimed and eventual best picture winner Moonlight should never have been easy, but Barry Jenkins makes it look effortless in his latest movie If Beale Street Could Talk, an adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel set in Harlem and detailing a love story against the backdrop of a rape case, ...

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Wings – Huddersfield Town Hall

Film Director: William A. Wellman Composer: Carl Davis Orchestra: Orchestra of Opera North Conductor: Carl Davis Reviewer: Ron Simpson At the end of the showing of Wings at Huddersfield Town Hall, a sizable proportion of the audience rose in a standing ovation. Who or what were they applauding? William Wellman, dead these 40-odd years, for an inspired piece of film-making? ...

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London Film Festival: Outlaw King

Writers: Mark Bomback, Bathsheba Doran, David Harrower, James MacInnes, David Mackenzie Director: David Mackenzie Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Every nation has its myths and heroes, ones they return to again and again to explain their identity. England recently discovered that its Empire heritage is still ingrained in spirit if not in practice, while Scotland looks to its pre-medieval freedom fighters to ...

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