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Essay

A TOUCH OF ZEN & VIOLENCE: ON THE FANTASY OF CLIFF BOOTH

As moral panic around fantasy violence flares up, Quentin Tarantino argues for a philosophy of cathartic, ethical screen violence via the charisma of Brad Pitt

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Review

RAMBO: LAST BLOOD

An unfortunate, picayune footnote to the Rambo franchise

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Review

HAIL SATAN?

Culture war documentary is amusing but superficial as theology

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Essay

FILM CRITICISM & THE NEW PURITANISM: A POLEMIC ON WHERE WE ARE

Cinema has maintained a liberating anti-Puritan ethos since its conception, but how long can that last in today’s febrile and sensitive culture?

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Interview

OUTLAW CINEMA: IN CONVERSATION WITH DALLAS SONNIER

“We will always be the renegade Texans running around trying to stir the pot.”

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Review Sheffield Doc/Fest

NOMAD: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF BRUCE CHATWIN

Werner Herzog traces the adventures of a spiritual comrade in classic Herzog style

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Review

THE KID

Simplicity of form and complexity of character make this a classic western worth seeing​

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Review

JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM

Suffering and grace come together in this magisterial continuation of the John Wick franchise

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Berlinale Review

MR. JONES

Soviet takedown is a resolute, old-fashioned historical drama in the best sense

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Review

WOMAN AT WAR

This Icelandic musical comedy suffers from a turgid sense of humour and a simplistic treatment of its far-reaching concerns