Film Review: Annabelle: Creation

★★★★☆ – The latest installment of The Conjuring universe will have you watching behind your fingers.

But, just like the Samuel Mullins armed with a crucifix, there’s little that will protect you from this weekend’s horror blockbuster hit. When the Mullins family lose their 7-year-old daughter to a tragic road accident, the once lively doll maker and his wife take refuge from society for a number of years. Seeking to fill their house with life and reach out to the community once more, they decide to let a group of Catholic orphans and their supervising nun Sister Charlotte (Stephanie Sigman) take up residence in their large, empty home.

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Film Review: A Ghost Story @ Sundance Film Festival 2017

★★★★☆ – As strange and alienating as the film could be, it defies the odds, and draws audiences closer with its exploration of life and death.

Every film festival has that one controversial film that will divide audiences between ‘a masterpiece’ and ‘pompous trash’. Whilst A Ghost Story has many positive reviews already under its belt, it definitely has potential to be this film. Director David Lowery’s off-beat vision is just so bizarre that it would be easily interpreted either way – but with a storyline intrinsic to each and every audience member watching, strangely hypnotic visuals, and a central concept that pulls you in like quicksand, Lowery definitely steers his film in the right direction.

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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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