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DUNE 2021

When asked by a friend to summarize with just one word my reactions to the newest Dune screen incarnation, I replied “Finally!”, because that’s how I felt once the movie was over: finally, Frank Herbert’s work has been translated on the big screen with as much accuracy in respect of the original material as the […]

DUNE 2021 – Part One: movie review

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Chaos Walking (2021) Review

In a dystopian future 2258 planet New World might not always be as simple as it seems when a crashed ship with a woman onboard creates chaos for the only men left in the population. ⭐️ A dystopian New World which is all men and they have a new condition which is called the Noise, […]

Chaos Walking (2021) Review
Crime

Marathon Man

As I continue revisiting my favorite movies of the past, the next one up is Marathon Man, from 1976. This isn’t one of the small number of films that I’ve seen countless times, but I have seen it several times. I’d guess this most recent time was the fourth or fifth time I’ve watched it […]

Marathon Man
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Review: “The Last Duel”

The myth of noble knights, regal ladies, and majestic, sprawling kingdoms is one that is often romanticized, both in fantasy and in stories based in reality. So far this year, we’ve already had one film, David Lowery’s “The Green Knight”— an adaptation of an Arthurian legend— challenge the notion of the courageous knight on a […]

Review: “The Last Duel”
Festivals&Academy

Minari (2021)

A24 never disappoints. The legendary indie company (which was behind the likes of Moonlight, Ex Machina, Room, and Hereditary) has produced another vibrant film. To be fair, Minari will not be everyone’s cup of tea. It is slow. It is gentle. It isn’t entertaining either. But make no mistake: this film is high art. It is […]

Minari (2021)
Comedy

Three Floors

One building in Rome, 3 apartments, 3 families each with their own stories. Yet their stories are about to collide, quite literally in the beginning, and then figuratively though no less forcefully after that. The entitled son of two upright judges swerves the car he’s driving drunkenly in order to avoid hitting his pregnant neighbour […]

Three Floors
Drama

“The Forgotten Battle”

“The Forgotten Battle” is about a postscript to Operation Market Garden, that late World War II gamble by the Allies to free Arnhem, liberate the Netherlands and shorten the war. That’s not “forgotten.” There was a movie about that debacle, “A Bridge Too Far,” that still turns up on grandpa’s favorite cable movie channels. This […]

Netflixable? Dutch, Germans, Brits and Canadians live through “The Forgotten Battle”
Drama

Ali & Ava

Ali (Adeel Akhtar) smiles his way through a troubled marriage. With good humour and loud music, he focuses on doing for others, including his tenants, with whom he has a remarkably amicable relationship. In fact, he’s picking up one of his tenants’ kids from from school when he meets Ava, an Irish teacher at the […]

Ali & Ava
Biography

Screen Screams: ‘The Devils’

It’s that time of the year again. The month of October is upon us. So to celebrate, we at Full Circle Cinema put together another curated, month-long series with Screen Screams. This year, we will be checking our clocks as we wait in anticipation for the forbidden delight we call “the midnight movie”. And with […]

Screen Screams: ‘The Devils’ Review

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No Time to Die

No Time to Die is the 25th Bond movie and Daniel Craig’s final film as the suave superspy. Craig’s films started in 2006 with Casino Royal and the seeds planted in that film grew over Bond’s next three films and are at the center of his emotional/internal conflict in No Time to Die. The film […]

Review: No Time to Die
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Nashville Film Festival 2021: “Spencer”

Photo by Pablo Larraín ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 5 out of 5. Everyone wants to be wealthy, live in a palace and be part of a royal family. Indeed, there’s financial independence but it’s the freedom that is often lost. Because every move of the royal family members will be under scrutiny, highly publicized and photographed by […]

Nashville Film Festival 2021: “Spencer”
Drama

Turkish Thriller Only Gives Up its “Grudge” at the End

The Turkish police procedural “Grudge” toys with the idea of really saying something blunt and chilling about Turkish justice, Turkish policing and the powerlessness of The People, and only loses its nerve in the third act. The ending is the final “cop out” of this decently-plotted Around the World with Netflix thriller, titled “Kin” in […]

Netflixable? Turkish Thriller Only Gives Up its “Grudge” at the End
Drama

TITANE

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Titane is a complex film, one that doesn’t hold back in its portrayal of unconditional love. The bold and sometimes intense imagery of the human body put on display in the film is an unwavering/uncompromising vision. That is the vision of the director, Julia Ducournau. Released to critical acclaim and even winning the palm’d’or at the […]

‘Titane’ and the Politics of Dancing
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Lo Invisible

Luisa is an elegant woman living in a spacious and luxurious home, surrounded by servants to do her every bidding, including an on-call masseuse to rub her cares away. Luisa and her family have a cushy life, their wealth and status apparent. But that doesn’t mean they never have troubles. Luisa has just returned home […]

Lo Invisible
Comedy

An American Werewolf in London

Something of a blast, John Landis’ 1981 horror comedy is one of these few films that gets just about everything right. Written in the 60’s, after an experience while working on WWII action movie Kelly’s Heroes, Landis had shelved the result while his own stature grew via hits like Kentucky Fried Movie, Animal House and […]

An American Werewolf in London

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