Review: The Hand of God

Written and directed by Paolo Sorrentino, the story of a boy in the tumultuous Naples of the 1980s. Sorrentino’s most personal film yet is a tale of fate and family, sports and cinema, love and loss. Starring: Filippo Scotti, Toni Servillo, Teresa Saponangelo, Marlon Joubert, Luisa Ranieri, Renato Carpentieri, Massimiliano Gallo and Betty Pedrazzi.

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Review: Invited In

Written and directed by star Yuyu Kitamura, Annie (Kitamura) realizes mid pandemic how isolated she has been her whole life. She pushes herself out of her comfort zone as she makes her first real friend through social media with Emmy until Annie is exposed to how artificial friendships can be. Also starring: Clara Kim, Jocelyn Landes and Haley Wong.

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Review: Bleak Moments

Written and directed by Mike Leigh, Moments from the uncompromisingly bleak existence of a secretary, her intellectually disabled sister, aloof and uneasy teacher boyfriend, bizarre neighbour and irritating workmate. Starring: Anne Raitt, Sarah Stephenson, Eric Allan, Joolia Cappleman, Liz Smith and Mike Bradwell.

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Review: The Feast

Directed by Lee Haven Jones and written by Roger Williams, a wealthy family has a dinner party at its home in the Welsh mountains, hosting a local businessman and farmer who hope to broker a business deal. A mysterious young woman arrives to be the family’s waitress, and things begin to unravel. Starring: Annes Elwy, Nia Roberts, Julian Lewis Jones, Steffan Cennydd, Sion Alun Davies, Caroline Berry, Rhodri Meilir and Lisa Palfrey.

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Review: Our Ladies

Written and directed by Michael Caton-Jones, co-written by Alan Sharp, in 1990s Scotland, a group of Catholic school girls get an opportunity to go into Edinburgh for a choir competition, but they’re more interested in drinking, partying and hooking up than winning the competition. Starring: Tallulah Greive, Abigail Lawrie, Rona Morison, Sally Messham, Marli Siu, Eve Austin and Kate Dickie.

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Review: West North West

Written and directed by Takuro Nakamura, Kei works at a cocktail bar, while Ai works as a model. Fearing she’ll be ostracised by society, Kei chooses not to admit her sexual orientation to anyone, and, as a result, she becomes distressed and lonely. One day, Kei gets close to Naima, an Iranian student studying art in Japan. Starring: Hanae Kan, Sahel Rosa and Yuka Yamauchi.

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Review: The Power of the Dog

Written and directed by Jane Campion, charismatic rancher Phil Burbank inspires fear and awe in those around him. When his brother brings home a new wife and her son, Phil torments them until he finds himself exposed to the possibility of love. Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Kirsten Dunst and Thomasin McKenzie.

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