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Sorry We Missed You is the new film from Ken Loach. If you like Loach then you’ll like this. It’s classic working class Britain struggling to get by.

In Sorry We Missed You, Loach turns the grim up to 11. I, Daniel Blake was sad, but this gives the audience little reprieve throughout, but that’s the entire point. It makes you take stock of what you have, and gives you a new found empathy for those who don’t.

Don’t go into this with the expectations of a Disney style heart-warmer. I mean, look at that poster! It screams warm happy feelings, but It’s far from it. There are a few rare occasions where smiles are to be had, and there’s also some nice comedic moments through the beginning, but it’s a shockingly sad affair. I get the feeling, Ken Loach has had enough of slightly sugar coating his films with any hope. This is a sit up and pay attention to what’s going on around you, and it’s brilliantly done!

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Reviewed by Josh

Plot
From the Director of I Daniel Blake (Ken Loach) comes another hard hitting dose of reality. Ricky and his family have been fighting an uphill struggle against debt since the 2008 financial crash. An opportunity to wrestle back some independence appears with a shiny new van and the chance to run a franchise as a self-employed delivery driver. It's hard work, and his wife's job as a carer is no easier. The family unit is strong but when both are pulled in different directions everything comes to breaking point.

Run time: 100m

Stars: Charlie Richmond Christopher-John Slater Debbie Honeywood Julian Ions Katie Proctor Kris Hitchen Maxie Peters Rhys Stone Ross Brewster Sheila Dunkerley

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Beanpole is this years Russian entry for Best Foreign Film, and it would be a miss to say it isn’t highly deserved. Beanpole is by no means an easy watch, but any cinephile will marvel in its technical detail, superb performances and beautiful production design.

#Beanpole, the nickname given to the tall and lanky lead character, has a second meaning in Russian, clumsy. Set post-war Leningrad, only days after the end of World War 2, the director, Kantemir Balagov, in his 2nd feature film, has taken inspiration from a non-fiction book, The Unwomanly Face of War, which revolves around Russian women of World War 2. Beanpole, or Dylda in Russian, is a very different look at the after effects of war, and it achieves this through telling a feminine side of the story. These two women have survived a hellish war, yet the aftermath has its own set of tumultuous hurdles.

This is a world where the question of, are your children still alive is common place. Where women will sleep with men for food. It’s a city with no dogs, because all the dogs have all been eaten. Beanpole has a fairly unconventional plot. When a horrendous accident causes Masha’s young child to die, she then finds out a war injury has taken away any hope of having another. Her only option is to make Iya (Beanpole) fall pregnant for her. This is the centre of the plot, but what goes on around it is just as interesting. A look at what women have to do to survive.

Firstly the cinematography. Normally a film with this subject material would be stark, grey and dark. The hum of a golden, blurred hue and 2 distinctive colours are used to tell a different side to each of the the main characters. The director has described the colour palette as ‘rusty, the rust of life’.

Performance-wise, you couldn’t ask for any better from the two first time actors. Viktoria Miroshnichenko who plays Iya (Beanpole) and Vasilisa Perelygina who plays Masha are exceptional, and both are awards worthy.

I highly recommend Beanpole. Its bleak and it’s a tough subject matter, but in my opinion it’s essential viewing.

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Reviewed by Josh

Plot
Set in post-WWII Leningrad as two female soldiers return from war and attempt to rebuild their lives in the ravaged city.

Run time: 134m

Stars: Alyona Kuchkova Andrey Bykov Igor Shirokov Konstantin Balakirev Kseniya Kutepova Olga Dragunova Timofey Glazkov Vasilisa Perelygina Veniamin Kac Viktoriya Miroshnichenko

‘On a faraway mountaintop, eight kids with guns watch over a hostage and a conscripted milk cow.’ That’s the plot outline on #IMDb, and while it’s spot on, Monos is a deep and personal look into a very real threat children in Columbia live with. ‘Mono’ in Spanish is used to refer to a monkey, to a human figure drawn on a paper, to a male toy figurine and to a male with fair skin and light hair. It’s also used to describe something cute.

#Monos is a breathtakingly gorgeous film. The cinematography will have you utterly mesmerised by its genuine beauty. That’s then perfectly married up with a haunting score from Under The Skin composer, Mica Levi. The feeling was one of a Kubrick film of the future. Honestly, the score is sublime and 100% Oscar worthy.

Brazilian writer/director, Alejandro Landes has made 2 previous films. One being a documentary back in 2007, and his first feature in 2011. So he has been taking his time with his 2nd feature film. When the opening credits start rolling I was almost transported back to the first time I saw City of God. It just had that essence about it. Monos is really like nothing I’ve ever seen before, and for the most part no answers are given.

While the film feels completely rooted in its South American heritage, it also feels like it could be of another world, another futuristic post apocalyptic time. On top of the mountain, it feels like a civilisation hidden by the clouds. Like some mushroom induced Jack and The Bean Stalk fable. It’s Lord of the Flies, where military grade weapons and hallucinogens go hand in hand. It’s a story of The Lost Boys of Neverland where Peter Pan is nowhere in sight, probably taken prisoner by another guerrilla group.

Monos is most definitely no easy ride, but it’s absolutely one of the best of year, and one I will be taking again for sure.

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Reviewed by Josh

Plot
On a faraway mountaintop, eight kids with guns watch over a hostage and a conscripted milk cow.

Run time: 103m

Stars: Deibi Rueda Julian Giraldo Julianne Nicholson Karen Quintero Laura Castrillón Moisés Arias Paul Cubides Sneider Castro Sofia Buenaventura Wilson Salazar

Hustlers is inspired by a New York Magazine article about a group of strippers who need to diversify after the 2007 Global Financial Crisis that cripples their business. Starring #JenniferLopez, #ContanceWu, #JuliaStiles, #CardiB, and #MercedesRuehl.

Hustlers has certainly been on the hype train, with critical praise of an 88% on RT, and some talk about an Oscar nomination for J Lo. While Lopez is great, and the film is quite good, I’m not too sure where the hype has come from. Possibly, the expectations after the first trailer were so low, that the first people to see it were taken a back that it wasn’t another Striptease.

Jennifer Lopez definitely gives the performance of her career, and she looks INCREDIBLE. I mean, she is honestly defying the laws of nature. It was the first thing everyone mentioned at the screening. It’s actually quite distracting. She is stunning, and this is while she is surrounded by a much younger cast wearing next to nothing. In my opinion tho, Constance Wu gives the best performance in the film. She’s fantastic in the less flamboyant lead role.

Director Lorene Scafaria seems to have some definite inspirations for her third feature film. There’s some nods to Scorsese with a Goodfellas or Wolf of Wall Street vibe. The biggest comparison can be likened to a few Soderbergh films in Magic Mike and Oceans Eleven. The way the film is put together, the dialogue and the cinematography, it’s very reminiscent of Soderbergh's style. The one area the film is let down is the script. It’s a little shallow and I felt like it needed to be tightened up, to give it a faster pace. Also, I couldn’t help but feel the soundtrack could have been a little more inventive, but I could be completely out of touch.

#Hustlers is an enjoyable outing, that looks great! Man, Woman, whatever your sexual preference, you’re not going to be able to take your eyes off J Lo.

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Reviewed by Josh

Plot
A crew of savvy former strip club employees band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.

Run time: 107m

Stars: Cardi B Constance Wu Jennifer Lopez Julia Stiles Keke Palmer Lili Reinhart Lizzo Madeline Brewer Mercedes Ruehl Mette Towley

The Vice of Hope is a definite must see.

“because hope is a kind of vice that nobody ever manages to rid themselves of completely.”

Set in a small desolate town on the outskirts of Naples, the cold and bleak terrain instantly becomes a character all of its own. It’s a place that looks like it would never get warm and is constantly covered in clouds. The only light that shines here is that of a red neon sign, that cements the nature of business in this lawless town. The director gives us a great sense of the place by following the lead character, Maria, as she wanders with purpose, and her beloved dog, through the trash covered and degraded streets.

Maria works, without choice, in a child trafficking business. Her role is to transport pregnant prostitutes across the river, where the fate of their unborn children has already been bought and paid for by desperate families. Maria does her job without emotion and little thought of the bigger picture. She has no hope of anything else, until she falls pregnant herself, and she must question what’s important to her.

Maria, played by Pina Turco, gives a standout, tour de force performance. The film is undeniably hers, as long sweeping shots follow her around the destitute town and along the river.

The Vice of Hope is beautifully filmed. The cinematography, long single shots, and the haunting operatic and tribal score immerses the viewer deep into this suffering underworld. At the same time, as the title suggests, there is an element of hope. The film shows even in the most horrible of situations, a true sense of community and kinship, and a family type comradery occurs out of necessity. That a hope for a better life, can come from the most unlikely of situations.

The Vice of Hope is one of the better films I’ve seen this year and I highly recommend catching it at the Italian Film Fest.

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Reviewed by Josh

Plot
To support her family, Maria works as a trafficker of surrogate mothers, transporting them from place to place along a river — but when one disappears, Maria is left with the task of finding her and must enter deeper into a world she wishes to escape.

Run time: 96m

Stars: Cristina Donadio Marcello Romolo Marina Confalone Massimiliano Rossi Pina Turco

 A sad and powerful story, brilliantly told. Highly recommended!

Josh

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{Available on SBS OnDemand}

Plot
The loss of their young daughter threatens to destroy the love and faith of two married musicians.

Run time: 112m

Stars: Bert Huysentruyt Blanka Heirman Geert Van Rampelberg Jan Bijvoet Johan Heldenbergh Nell Cattrysse Nils De Caster Robbie Cleiren Veerle Baetens

Jacques Audiard does it again. The Beat My Heart Skipped, A Prophet, Rust and Bone and now Dheepan. Audiard is such a talented writer/director.

Three people, unknown to each other before they get on a boat to France, make their way from a war torn Sri Lanka, to try and find a better life. A liveable life. But there is no easy outcome.

It's fascinating to watch these 3 get to know each other, whilst also trying to learn a new way of life, a new culture, a new kind of war. Dheepan is a really important look into refugee life. Everyone should see this film!

The three lead actors are all amazing, especially as this is their first feature film. You would never know it. The direction and camera work is also spot on. A must see!

Trivia - 'Lead actor Jesuthasan Antonythasan was a boy soldier with the Tamil Tigers before fleeing Sri Lanka for France, just like the character he plays in the movie.' IMDB

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Reviewed by Josh

{Available on SBS OnDemand}

Plot
Three people who have lost everything, a soldier tired of fighting, a young woman and a little girl, pose as a family to escape the civil war in Sri Lanka. They emigrate to France and settle in a chaotic neighborhood on the outskirts of Paris, where apparently the law no longer exists; but they, who barely know each other, struggle to survive there, even when the ghosts of war begin to haunt them again.

Run time: 111m Tagline: When the war continues to rage in your heart and mind

Stars: Bass Dhem Claudine Vinasithamby Faouzi Bensaïdi Franck Falise Jean-Baptiste Pouilloux Jesuthasan Antonythasan Joséphine de Meaux Kalieaswari Srinivasan Marc Zinga Vincent Rottiers

The lives of two Danish families cross each other, and an extraordinary but risky friendship comes into bud. But loneliness, frailty and sorrow lie in wait.
Run time: 118m Tagline: When We Are Pushed To The Edge We Discover The Line Between Justice And Revenge

Stars: Anette Støvelbæk Kim Bodnia Markus Rygaard Martin Buch Mikael Persbrandt Stig Hoffmeyer Tina Gylling Mortensen Trine Dyrholm Ulrich Thomsen William Jøhnk Nielsen

When famed photographer Christina Eames dies unexpectedly, she leaves her estranged daughter, Mae, hurt, angry and full of questions. When Mae finds a photograph tucked away in a safe-deposit box, she soon finds herself delving into her mother's early life -- an investigation that leads to an unexpected romance with a rising journalist.

Run time: 0m Release: 2020-02-14

Stars: Chelsea Peretti Courtney B. Vance Issa Rae Kelvin Harrison Jr. Kenneth Kynt Bryan Kingsley Ben-Adir Lakeith Stanfield LilRel Howery Rob Morgan Teyonah Parris

A Democrat strategist helps a retired veteran run for mayor in a small, conservative Midwest town.
Run time: 0m Release: 2020-05-29

Stars: C.J. Wilson Chris Cooper Mackenzie Davis Natasha Lyonne Rose Byrne Steve Carell Topher Grace Will Sasso

In the Olympic Athlete Village, a young cross-country skier bonds with a volunteer doctor after her competition ends.

Run time: 83m Release: 2019-03-10

Stars: Alexi Pappas Gus Kenworthy Jamie Anderson Morgan Schild Nick Kroll

The Report is definitely a decent movie. Adam Driver is fantastic as he always is. Love that guy! This based on true story, investigative thriller centers around the torture reports of the CIA post 9/11. While a little long, there is a lot of information to get through, and it’s all pretty entertaining and interesting. The tension is built nicely throughout, and I would definitely recommend seeing this.⁣

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Reviewed by Josh 

Plot
The story of Daniel Jones, lead investigator for the US Senate’s sweeping study into the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program, which was found to be brutal, immoral and ineffective. With the truth at stake, Jones battled tirelessly to make public what many in power sought to keep hidden.

Run time: 118m Tagline: Truth matters. Release: 2019-09-12

Stars: Adam Driver Annette Bening Corey Stoll Jon Hamm Linda Powell Maura Tierney Michael C. Hall Sandra Landers Ted Levine Tim Blake Nelson

From the studio who brought us the heartfelt comedy The Big Sick, comes another uplifting, relatable and hilarious comedy!



Brittany Runs A Marathon is inspired by a true story, and follows Brittany (played by Workaholics’ star Jillian Bell). Brittany is in the classic rut; she’s broke, has no romantic prospects and is told by her doctor she needs to lose 40 pounds. After testing a few different methods, Brittany joins a running club and with the help of 2 new friends, begins to train for the New York Marathon!

Jillian Bell is fantastic as Brittany. Bell has proven in the past that she has the comedic chops, and this movie is no exception. She hits every comedic beat with perfect timing and hilarious sarcasm! Not only is Bell hilarious, but she brings an element to her character dramatically that I’ve never seen her do before. The relatability that Bell portrays on screen is remarkable, especially during the “first run” scene. The empathy you feel for Brittany is very powerful and adds an extra layer of emotion to the film’s story.

The film has a very strong message of self-love and empowerment, and never once did it feel preachy. The movie challenges the audience to look inside to find your abilities, even in the face of life’s adversity, and the script deserves a lot of praise for that.
Just like any movie, there are plot elements that feel like “movie-moments” as opposed to realistic scenarios, but you can’t fault the movie for pulling on your heartstrings like that!

Brittany Runs A Marathon is a perfect date night movie, you’ll laugh, you might cry, and you’ll definitely leave the movie feeling like you’re ready to run a marathon

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Reviewed By Nick

Plot
A young woman decides to make positive changes in her life by training for the New York City Marathon.

Run time: 103m Release: 2019-08-23

Stars: Adam Sietz Alice Lee Erica Hernandez Jennifer Dundas Jillian Bell LilRel Howery Micah Stock Michaela Watkins Patch Darragh Utkarsh Ambudkar

A brilliantly understated epic! Scorsese delivers an epic mob story that is profoundly delicate, and technically perfect.

It's nothing short of amazing, the feeling you get seeing these colossal actors back on the big screen with Marty calling the shots. De Niro is the best he's been in years, even decades. To see Joe Pesci back is really a pinch yourself moment. I can't believe he was asked over 50 times by Scorese to do this. Pacino is Pacino, and that's always a good thing, but in his first ever film with Marty (I can't believe it) it's pitch perfect. Then there's the slew of other great actors in what feels like cameo after cameo. Bobby Cannavale, Jesse Plemons, Stephen Graham, Harvey Keitel, Anna Paquin, Ray Romano, Sebastian Maniscalco, the list goes on and on.

The story has the feeling of something extremely personal. The Irishman is a reflection into the past. It's about family, religion, regrets, and so much more. This is an older and wiser Scorsese, and he splatters his life lessons all over the screen. It's a rich tapestry of nostalgia, and at the same time this is a master filmmaker at the top of his game using a new subtle approach.

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Reviewed by Josh

The 3hr29 runtime was always going to be a bit daunting for me, and I'm sure others. I would say that a film like this really needs and would benefit from an intermission. A chance to stretch the legs, grab a wine, and quickly reflect for 10 minutes with your friends on what has been witnessed so far. #bringbackintermission

Plot
Pennsylvania, 1956. Frank Sheeran, a war veteran of Irish origin who works as a truck driver, accidentally meets mobster Russell Bufalino. Once Frank becomes his trusted man, Bufalino sends him to Chicago with the task of helping Jimmy Hoffa, a powerful union leader related to organized crime, with whom Frank will maintain a close friendship for nearly twenty years.

Run time: 209m Tagline: His story changed history Release: 2019-11-01

Stars: Al Pacino Anna Paquin Bobby Cannavale Harvey Keitel Joe Pesci Kathrine Narducci Ray Romano Robert De Niro Stephanie Kurtzuba Stephen Graham

Marriage Story... Wow! Emotions run high in this extremely personal tale of divorce. Two incredible performance’s adorn this dialogue rich, Woody Allen-esque heart breaking film. While this is an amazing near perfect movie, it is also a hard one to recommend. If you don’t want to feel torn apart, frustrated, and emotionally drained, Marriage Story might not be for you. At the same time, I would say this has a high chance of this years Best Picture, or Best Director awards.⁣

⁣Hitting Netflix December 6th, Marriage Story is the new film from Noah Baumbach. His directorial catalogue is a beauty, with films like The Squid and the Whale, Greenberg, Frances Ha and the recent Netflix Original The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected). He has also written for Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Fantastic Mr. Fox. The guy is a serious talent, and nothing could be closer to the truth with Marriage Story.⁣

⁣Said to be fairly Auto-Biographical, Baumbach was married to actress, Jennifer Jason Leigh for 4 years, where they lived in New York, worked together, and had a child. This ended with a messy divorce, and while neither of them have talked about it publicly, Marriage Story definitely shows you who the winners and losers are in a divorce. At the same time its done in a very fair and evenly weighted manner.⁣
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⁣Separating very amicably, everything changes as soon as lawyers are introduced. Enter the all consuming frustration the film has to give. Two thirds through the film, I really wasn’t sure how I was feeling about what I was watching. Yelling, crying, screaming, it’s full on. But I have to say by the end, looking back on the emotional rollercoaster you have just partaken in, this is an absolutely brilliant piece of film making.⁣

⁣Nominations for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay are almost a certainty.⁣

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Reviewed by Josh

Plot
A stage director and an actress struggle through a grueling, coast-to-coast divorce that pushes them to their personal extremes.

Run time: 137m Tagline: Where there's a love, there's a way. Release: 2019-11-06

Stars: Adam Driver Alan Alda Azhy Robertson Julie Hagerty Laura Dern Martha Kelly Merritt Wever Ray Liotta Scarlett Johansson Wallace Shawn