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BFI London Film Festival lineup announced

Filmmaker Jessica Hausner to head First Feature Competition jury

The 63rd BFI London Film Festival has announced its jury line-up for this year’s Festival Awards. The Official Competition jury is led by acclaimed Colette (LFF 2018) and Still Alice director Wash Westmoreland, whose latest film Earthquake Bird screens in this year’s Festival; the First Feature Competition (Sutherland Award) jury will be headed up by Austrian director Jessica Hausner, whose ... more >

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“3 From Hell” : The Satans are coming

Rob Zombie dishes out one awesome killing joy ride
Sheri Moon Zombie, Sid Haig and Bill Moseley
Directed by Rob Zombie

Rob Zombie’s latest film “3 From Hell” is the third film in his Firefly Clan trilogy and quite simply one of his best ones. This is a blood-soaked homage to the seventies grindhouse films that Zombie grew up admiring and the kind of wild genre craziness that became a major influence on both his music and directorial style. This is intense genre filmmaking on high levels. Zombie has been ... more >

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“Tattoo of revenge,” tipping the scales of justice down in Murderville

"Rencor tatuado" in the original Spanish
Diana Lein, Irving Peña and César Romero Medrano
Directed by Julián Hernández

Mexico City in the nineties was a place where the harshest crimes went unpunished due to money and a corrupt police force. Aida (an excellent and tortured performance from Diana Lein, an actress to watch!) serves up revenge for young women who have been raped and maltreated and weren’t able to find resolution on their own. Working out of the back of a nightclub, the women come to her with ... more >

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“BULL” (directed by Annie Silverstein)

How screwed up is America? In Annie Silverstein’s new film “Bull,” when young Kris (Amber Havard) gets arrested for breaking and entering and she’s offered a deal, she replies, “can’t you just send me to juvie?” The level of resignation that Kris, or other people like her in real life, must feel, is baffling. In Trump’s America, people like her who go through difficulties just shrug it off, hope ... more >

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TALKING with Lisa Cholodenko and Susannah Grant of “Unbelievable,” which premieres tomorrow on Netflix

Making sense of the trauma of rape in a post-truth world

Marie Adler’s story about an intruder raping her in the middle of the night seemed incredible. So impossible, in fact, that she later retracted her story, earning her the enmity of police, her friends and the entire community. The thing was, Marie wasn’t lying. The teen had, in fact, been violated in her own home by a man who bound her and took photos of her body amidst hours of torture. But so ... more >

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Viveik Kalra gives star-making performance in “Blinded by the light”

A film inspired by the words and music of Bruce Springsteen
Viveik Kalra, Kulvinder Ghir and Nell Williams
Directed by Gurinder Chadha

Whether you like Bruce Springsteen or not, I dare any viewer of this movie not to be completely swept away by the pure joy of the infectious “Blinded by the Light.” Inspired by Sarfraz Manzoor’s 2007 memoir “Greetings from Bury Park,” the film “is inspired by the words and music of Bruce Springsteen.” Set in 1987 Luton (a working-class town in southeast England) we are introduced to Javed, ... more >