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Film Festivals 2015

'71 (2015)

8.4/10
Director: Yann Demange
Starring: Jack O'Connell, Adam Nagaitis, Paul Popplewell, Jack Lowden

Bomb-torn Belfast in 1971 must have been like nowhere else on Earth  more like a rubble-strewn circle of hell. This is the apocalyptic vision laid ou... Read more

45 Years (2015)

7.1/10
Director: Andrew Haigh
Starring: Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay, Dolly Wells, Sam Alexander, Hannah Chambers

Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay shared the acting honours at the Berlin Film Festival for their roles as a long-married couple suddenly prompted... Read more

99 Homes (2014)

7.1/10
Director: Ramin Bahrani
Starring: Laura Dern, Michael Shannon, Andrew Garfield

Ramin Bahranis visceral drama of real estate agency run amok is keenly honed to make your blood boil. Michael Shannon is magnetic as Rick Carver, a r... Read more

99 Homes (Blu-ray) (2014)

7.1/10
Director: Ramin Bahrani
Starring: Laura Dern, Michael Shannon, Andrew Garfield

Behind on his mortgage, Orlando construction worker Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield) is up against it after he, his young son (Noah Lomax), and his mom (... Read more

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

7/10
Director: Ana Lily Amirpour
Starring: Mozhan Marno, Arash Marandi, Marshall Manesh, Sheila Vand

Ana Lily Amirpour's debut is set in the fictitious locale of Bad City, in which The Girl, a sassy loner who roams the streets on a skateboard she stol... Read more

A Most Violent Year (2014)

7/10
Director: J C Chandor
Starring: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Albert Brooks

In this loaded slow burn of a thriller, the director of Margin Call turns the same forensic skills to the nexus of crime and business in an earlier er... Read more

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014)

7/10
Director: Roy Andersson
Starring: Holger Andersson, Nils Westblom, Charlotta Larsson, Viktor Gyllenberg

The deeply eccentric Roy Anderssons meticulously mounted comic sketches move from historic fantasy to hilariously deadpan humour as he muses on human... Read more

Amy (2015)

7.8/10
Director: Asif Kapadia
Starring: Amy Winehouse

To hear Amy Winehouse sing numbers like 'Back to Black' and 'Love Is a Losing Game' in Asif Kapadia's sensitive and extraordinary documentary Amy is t... Read more

Awake: The Life of Yogananda (2014)

7.2/10
Director: Paola di Florio

Fittingly enlightening, Awake: The Life of Yogananda is a vivid, elegantly assembled portrait of the savvy guru with the cherubic face and penetrating... Read more

Banksy Does New York (2014)

7.2/10
Director: Chris Moukarbel

Banksy is revered and reviled, considered both a vandal and a genius. Completely anonymous, he is nevertheless without question one of the world's bes... Read more