GFF15 Review: Clouds Of Sils Maria (2014)

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Oliver Assayas’ latest Clouds Of Sils Maria is a striking, sharp and particularly well layered meta drama with a pair of high standing performances at its fore. Ageing actress Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) is asked to star in a revival of the play that launched her career twenty years prior, this time in the older role. Her acceptance forces her to question her past, present and overall place within the industry. Continue reading

GFF15 Review: A Little Chaos (2014)

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Eighteen years after making his directorial debut with The Winter Guest, Alan Rickman returns behind the camera to direct A Little Chaos, a featherlight period drama. Madam Sabine De Barra (Kate Winslet) is awarded the sought-after task of landscaping the land at Versailles – a prime position that brings her into contact with King Louis XIV (Rickman) and André Le Notre (Matthias Schoenarts), whom she develops a relationship with. Continue reading

GFF15 Review: The New Girlfriend (2014)

IMG_0185 Françis Ozon follows-up In The House and Young & Beautiful with The New Girlfriend, a comic drama that starts out well, only to taper off towards the end. Left devastated by the death of her childhood friend, Claire (Anaïs Demoustier) sticks to her promise of looking out for widower David (Romain Duris) and their newborn baby – only to make an unexpected discovery that threatens to further unbalance her life. Continue reading

Review: Project Almanac (2015)

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Michael Bay lends his name and awful sensibilities to Project Almanac, a flat and drawn-out high school drama with added time travel. Science student Jonny (David Raskin) discovers blue prints for a time travel machine, which he builds and takes advantage of with his friends. But when things turn sour, David must try to fix the route of the problem himself, risking his and his friends’ lives in the process. Continue reading

Review: Cake (2014)

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The perennially underrated Jennifer Aniston excels in Cake, delivering a topnotch performance in Daniel Barnz’ otherwise half-baked drama. Scarred by a devastating accident, pill-popping Claire (Aniston) hobbles around in constant pain, barking orders at her maid (Adriana Barraza) and ousting everyone else. When a woman (Anna Kendrick) from her support circle commits suicide, Claire is compelled to question her own existence. Continue reading

Review: Fifty Shades Of Grey (2015)

IMG_0168 The adaptation of E. L. James’ trashy bestselling novel Fifty Shades Of Grey spruces up the hokum sufficiently, reaping appeal from its two stars and benefitting from subtle execution. Anastasia (Dakota Johnson), a timid English literature student, crosses paths with Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan), a closed-off businessman, who takes an immediate liking to her. But their subsequent relationship is muddled by Christian’s singular tastes. Continue reading