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Review: Copilot Rating 73%

Review: Copilot

Copilot is a new film and another take on the 9/11 tragedy, one that adds drama and romance to it. Two students marry in a mosque in Hamburg in secret, despite objections from the woman’s mother, but he throws her whole world into disarray as he commits to an act that will shake the whole world.

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Review: The Djinn Rating 63%

Review: The Djinn

The Djinn is a 2021 American supernatural horror film directed and written by David Charbonier and Justin Powell, which certainly suspends disbelief in terms of what can be done on a small budget, if you are looking for an aesthetically intriguing horror film. However, there is much missing throughout this 80 minute assault to the senses, including expansion on character and plot.

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Jess Brough: Art is within everybody

I spent some time scrolling through the Fringe of Colour website and was immediately hooked. Seeing that their team aligned with their message, which aligned with the work they share was magical. Here is a platform created by people of colour, hiring people of colour, sharing art by people of colour from Scotland and beyond. It was like finding a rare Pokémon card as a kid. I expected the same old but instead found something glittery and new.

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Review: Sing, Freetown Rating 81%

Review: Sing, Freetown

From Clive Patterson and premiered at Sheffield Doc Fest comes this documentary about art and culture in Sierra Leone. A film keen to add a new narrative to the people of this country, Sing, Freetown explores a more positive culture for Sierra Leone, as it follows Charlie Haffner and Sorious Samura on their journey to fundraise, produce and perform a play that speaks to it’s people about the richness of their culture.

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Review: Deerskin Rating 71%

Review: Deerskin

Deerskin or Le Daim, the new film from director of Rubber, Quentin Dupieux, is a black comedy that veers less towards the absurd than Rubber, though it didn’t take me long to realise this was made by the same filmmaker; there are correlations in the outrageousness. Starring Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin (The Artist) as a recent divorcee in the midst of a mid-life identity crisis, this new feature from Dupieux has moments of real sad darkness and character relapse, before it heads straight into the outright madness.

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Review: The Reason I Jump Rating 88%

Review: The Reason I Jump

Based on the book by Naoki Higashida, this immersive film explores the experiences of non-speaking autistic people around the world. Award-winning director Jerry Rothwell’s compelling documentary which is produced by Jeremy Dear, Stevie Lee and Al Morrow and has been translated by author David Mitchell is a rare cinematic and sensorial insight into the world of non-speaking autistic people.

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Review: The Human Factor Rating 68%

Review: The Human Factor

The Human Factor, a new film by Dror Moreh, Academy Award nominated director of The Gatekeepers, revisits three decades of an Israeli-Arab peace process from a unique perspective: that of the American mediators. Focusing intently on Clinton’s administration, it’s a beguiling documentary about the intently sad and upsetting situation on the Gaza strip and the inability to reach a deal.

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Review: Once Upon A River Rating 71%

Review: Once Upon A River

Once Upon A River is a slow-paced but considered drama that follows Native American teenager Margo Crane in 1970s rural Michigan. With stunning cinematography from Charlotte Hornsby and great performances from most of the cast, it’s hardly surprising that it’s a festival-favourite slice of mid-western Americana ideal. Featuring a beautiful folk music soundtrack, we can conceive a place, a time and the tale.

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Review: Zebra Girl Rating 65%

Review: Zebra Girl

After being performed at the Edinburgh Fringe, Catherine and Anita has taken on a new form. As of 28th May this is in film format as Zebra Girl, released across the UK. Throbbing with trauma, violence, mental illness and abuse, there is much to unpack with this feature length, and certainly not for those that prefer the light-hearted. Starring Sarah Roy and Tom Cullen, Zebra Girl is a psychological thriller with more depth than humour.

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