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Reviews in Retrospect: Battle Royale

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Hive: Poignant and quietly inspirational

Looking at patriarchy and social norms in Kosovo in the wake of war, the meditative pacing and sensitive direction of Blerta Basholli’s Hive allow it to be inspirational without moralising.

La Mif:

Writer-director Fred Baillif draws on his experience of working in social care to tell the story of seven girls living in a residential…

Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

2021 was Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s year. After making one of the best films of the last decade in Happy Hour (2015), a five-hour drama of…

Jackass Forever

After a decade’s absence, this circus of spectacle exceeds expectations with an incredible amount of heart and genuine showmanship.

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