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  • Yes, God, Yes

    Yes, God, Yes

    ★★★

    Not so much a coming-of-age comedy as a cumming-of-age comedy, writer/director Karen Maine's feature debut Yes, God, Yes is an expansion of her 2017 short of the same name. Natalia Dyer reprises her role as Alice, a Catholic schoolgirl struggling to reconcile her horniness with her religion's puritanical view of sex.

    The main reason mainstream American cinema is so sexually repressed, particularly when it comes to female sexuality, in comparison to the rest of the western world rests with the…

  • Song Without a Name

    Song Without a Name

    ★★★★

    Melina León’s Song Without a Name opens with a gripping sequence of news stills flicking on a TV, depicting '80s Peru in turmoil, under the threat of insurgent communist party group, Shining Path. The black-and-white vignette that we see these images through, and subsequently the entire film, resembles an early 20th century motion picture to great effect. The sturdy fact-based narrative about missing children reminds me of some of the stronger documentaries I’ve seen in recent years such as The…

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  • Spectre

    Spectre

    ★★

    Spectre is like one of those boutique magazines you find in hotel rooms and on passenger planes. It's printed on glossy paper, immaculately designed and packed with appealing products, but devoid of engaging content.

    Read the review by Eric Hillis

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★

    As early as its customary opening crawl, I began to have a bad feeling about Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In what plays like a dig at the current leader of the free world (who was pictured earlier this year watching Rogue One on Air Force One), the word 'RESISTANCE' appears in upper-case letters, an early worrying sign that real world, outside forces may be intruding on this most endearingly innocent of escapist worlds.

    This is nothing new of course…