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The Student

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For his seventh feature film acclaimed Russian filmmaker  Kirill Serebrennikov has adapted a stage play by the German writer Marius von Mayenburg that takes a hefty swipe at religious fanaticism with this tale of Veniamin (Pyotr Skvortsov) a rebellious newly-devout teenager who is literally determined to make life hell for everyone else who he thinks are sinners. … Continue reading



Norman: The Moderate Rise And Tragic Fall Of A New York Fixer

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Norman Oppenheimer (Richard Gere) is very pushy. And he’s a chancer too who just loves trying to make big financial ‘deals’ that are usually way out of his league, and with high flyers whose P.A.’s even refuse to return his calls. This new movie that charters Norman’s rise and fall throws us into the deep … Continue reading



Truman

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Spanish filmmaker Cesc Gay’s wistful melancholic dramady that swept his country’s  Goya and Gaudi Awards is about to hit US screens where it is bound to having very appreciative audiences also reaching for their Kleenex.   It’s the story of middle-aged Argentinian actor Julian (Ricardo Darin), now transplanted in Madrid for the past couple of decades … Continue reading



The Zookeeper’s Wife

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For her latest starring role the twice Oscar Nominated actress Jessica Chastain has ignored the old Hollywood adage ‘never work with animals and children‘ in this highly emotional biopic set in WW2. Chastain plays a real life character Antonina Żabiński, who with her husband Jan (Flemish actor Johan Heldenbergh) run the Warsaw Zoo which they turn … Continue reading



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