London film festival 2017

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Pickups review – Aidan Gillen laughs at himself as he turns killer in meta-film
Directed by Jamie Thraves, the Game of Thrones actor’s sketches about the travails of mid-range celebrity are full of likable self-mockery

Cath Clarke

23, Oct, 2017 @6:00 AM

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78/52 review – Hitchcock's Psycho shower scene gets an expert autopsy
An array of film-makers and writers line up to praise the skill of the iconic sequence – but leave the trickier issues frustratingly unaddressed

Peter Bradshaw

13, Oct, 2017 @11:00 AM

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Journeyman review – Paddy Considine rolls with the punches in heartfelt boxing drama
The actor-director’s flawed but heartfelt story of a fighter facing a bruising crisis also stars Jodie Whittaker, outstanding as his devoted wife

Peter Bradshaw

12, Oct, 2017 @9:32 PM

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Funny Cow review – Maxine Peake blazes in the dark days of standup
Peake is hypnotically belligerent as an ambitious club performer trampling over prejudice and sticky carpets on the 1970s comedy circuit

Peter Bradshaw

11, Oct, 2017 @6:45 PM

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Loving Vincent review – a dreamlike, hand-painted plunge into Van Gogh Land
The artist’s last days appear in swirling, scintillating animated frames – it’s an impressive but weirdly exasperating exercise in style

Peter Bradshaw

10, Oct, 2017 @10:19 AM

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The Venerable W review – the poisonous monk behind Myanmar's anti-Muslim vendetta
This intimate documentary on Ashin Wirathu, the Buddhist fanatic whose ideas have brought down Aung Sun Suu Kyi, is a bleak study of sectarianism by Barbet Schroeder

Peter Bradshaw

10, Oct, 2017 @5:00 AM

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Apostasy review – faith and fellowship in potent account of hidden world of Jehovah's Witnesses
Daniel Kokotajlo’s debut about life among a religious community in Oldham is authentic, sensitive and subtle but has a sledgehammer narrative punch

Peter Bradshaw

09, Oct, 2017 @1:49 PM

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The Kingdom of Us review – knotty chronicle of family defined by single traumatic event
When Paul Shanks killed himself in 2007, he left behind seven children and his wife Vikie. Lucy Cohen’s sensitive documentary shows how they are coping

Andrew Pulver

08, Oct, 2017 @1:30 PM

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Michael Caine on how the 1960s broke class barriers: ‘I’ve met lots of equals. No betters’
As My Generation, his new documentary on a decade of cultural upheaval, opens, the veteran actor explains why the era was the making of so many British greats

Vanessa Thorpe

07, Oct, 2017 @11:05 PM

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No Stone Unturned review – murky aftermath of Northern Ireland massacre
Alex Gibney’s dogged documentary on the murder of six Catholics during the Troubles will help the victims’ families but fails to expose the cover-up

Peter Bradshaw

06, Oct, 2017 @10:53 AM

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Ghost Stories review – Martin Freeman and Paul Whitehouse shine in dreamlike spookfest
Co-directed by Andy Nyman and The League of Gentlemen’s Jeremy Dyson, this three-part portmanteau horror turns out a disturbing, atmospheric fable

Peter Bradshaw

05, Oct, 2017 @6:38 PM

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Witch doctors and gag merchants: the British talent set to light up London film festival
Britain’s upsurge in film-making diversity is borne out in this year’s LFF lineup, while Paddy Considine and Maxine Peake also star in big-screen premieres

Gwilym Mumford

04, Oct, 2017 @10:32 AM

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