Film Review: The Incredible Jessica James @ Sundance London 2017

★★★★☆ – Jessica Williams’s infectious fun spreads far and wide in The Incredible Jessica James.

Embodying all things empowering and unapologetically herself, Jessica James serves as one of those rare characters that is entirely real. A curvaceous body, a bodacious attitude, and a capricious way of living her life – Jessica is the epitome of a feminist woman, not bound by society’s expectations of appearance and actions and just being herself.

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Film Review: Bushwick @ Sundance London 2017

★★★☆☆ – Bushwick is a fast-paced suicide run through race relations, class wars, and plenty of other social topics.

With Dave Bautista helming the explosive action-thriller, Bushwick is an intense imagining of the London suburb coming under fire from mysterious military forces. Opening with grad student Lucy (Brittany Snow) emerging into an abandoned tube station with her boyfriend, it isn’t long until they discover that they’ve stumbled into a warzone.

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Film Review: Bitch @ Sundance London 2017

★★☆☆☆ – Heralding an intriguing and exciting concept, it’s disappointing that Bitch fails to deliver on its potential.

Marianna Palka’s role as writer, star, and director in a film about a woman’s breaking point is admirable. Featuring as Jill, driven suicidal by her ignorant husband and suburban expectations, our protagonist soon cracks under the pressure of being a subservient housewife. Her philandering husband Bill (Jason Ritter) cares only for himself, her children screech and demand incessantly, and an awkward soundtrack of off-kilter percussion emphasises her lack of control over her life.

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Film Review: The Big Sick @ Sundance London 2017

★★★☆☆ – The Big Sick is what you’d expect from a stand-up comedian: self-depreciating in an endearing way, full of zingy one-liners, and probably talks too much for its own good.

Based loosely on the life of comedian and now film-star Kumail Nanjiani, the film is a touching insight how the relationship between himself and writer Emily V. Gordon blossomed, though this time, Zoe Kazan plays the Emily of his dreams.

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Film Review: Walking Out @ Sundance London 2017

★★★★☆ – Alex and Andrew Smith’s Walking out is a terse mountain thriller, juxtaposing the strength of the human psyche with the power of mother nature.

Following David (Josh Wiggins) on his journey to reconnect with his estranged father, the film opens with him landing in Montana airport. Glued to his phone playing violent video games and burrowing into his coat, the blistering storms outside serve to introduce rugged dad Cal (Matt Bomer) as he grabs David’s attention with a sharp rap on the window.

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Film Review: Dead Awake

★★☆☆☆ – Dead Awake by Phillip Guzman promises to stop you from sleeping ever again. It’s a big promise to make, and one that it doesn’t live up to.

Exploring the condition of sleep paralysis – being caught in limbo between dreaming and waking and not being able to move – the film has found a perfect niche for the horror genre in an area little explored. Bringing to life the idea of ‘Old Hag Syndrome’ and evil visitings during the paralysis, it’s an original concept that has potential for an incredibly frightening cinematic experience. Unfortunately, this film isn’t it.

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