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February 13, 2020

In his final ever review, the film critic Roger Ebert said of Terrence Malick’s 2012 film ‘To the Wonder’: “There will be many who find ‘To the Wonder’ elusive and too effervescent. They'll be dissatisfied by a film that would rather evoke than supply. I understand tha...

November 6, 2019

Portrait of a Lady on Fire, written and directed by Céline Sciamma of Girlhood (2014), begins at its end, or beyond it. As the film opens, Marianne (Noémie Merlant) is teaching a room of young women how to look at her and see a subject they can paint. This is an i...

November 2, 2019

For three weeks, the BFI’s 63rd London Film Festival took place across multiple cinemas in the city, presenting some of the most exciting work at the forefront of film culture. After the build-up of various films shown and celebrated at previous festivals, including Cé...

October 31, 2019

In The Report, writer-Director Scott Z. Burns offers an urgent contemporary spin on the classic political thrillers of 1970s American cinema; The theme of governmental accountability is joined by hot-button issues of Truth and language’s ability to communicate it. We f...

October 17, 2019

Quentin Tarantino’s much awaited love letter to Hollywood brings blaring lights, aesthetically pleasing shots reminiscent of the glitz and danger of the late 60s, and a stunning cast of characters based around a series of true events, posing the tricky question—is it p...

September 19, 2019

Nicholas Connor’s film work has screened at over 50 film festivals globally where he has personally won 32 awards with 57 nominations. At just 16 years of age he wrote and directed hour-long drama ‘Northern Lights’ (2016), which won multiple awards including ‘Film of t...

September 10, 2019

Stanley Nelson's documentary, Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, not only delicately entrances you with immaculate storytelling, but because of the subject matter, shakes you awake into a full state of consciousness. Colours and music —sight and sound—are dished out with...

August 28, 2019

Hannah Woodhead is a lover of magazines and movies from way back, a Little White Lies (LWL) reader since the age of fifteen, and having previously worked as a student journalist for her university paper, understood from early on that film journalism is something “you g...

May 19, 2019

Naturally, there are spoilers below. You have been warned. 

It is no secret that Game of Thrones season 8 has been a disappointment. Teleportation, fan-service, plot armour, bad strategy, 'subverting expectations', and poor character development are but a few of th...

April 30, 2019

Ralph Fiennes third take as a director, producer and actor in the film The White Crow is an astonishing portrait of the youth of Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, his ascendance to fame and his quest for freedom in the midst of the Cold War. The film stars Ukrainia...

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