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Just another dystopian teen film hoping to be a franchise
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Just another dystopian teen film hoping to be a franchise

The Darkest Minds feels too derivative of recent successes in the genre, like The Hunger Games and even Harry Potter.

  • by Sandra Hall

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A case of writer's block in Turkey yields great art
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A case of writer's block in Turkey yields great art

Nuri Bilge Ceylan's The Wild Pear Tree follows an arrogant young writer in the midst of cultural and personal frustrations.

  • by Stephanie Bunbury
Funny tear-jerker follows kids on mean streets of Lebanon
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Funny tear-jerker follows kids on mean streets of Lebanon

Winner of the Jury Prize in Cannes, Capharnaum is both tragic and humourous, with some truly stunning performances from its young cast.

  • by Stephanie Bunbury
That's life, on the set of C’est la vie

That's life, on the set of C’est la vie

''There's something in the back which is a bit sad,'' says Vincent Macaigne about new French comedy C'est la vie!

  • by Jake Wilson
Promising Aussie debut set in Melbourne's west
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Promising Aussie debut set in Melbourne's west

Writer-director Jason Raftopoulos shows promise with his first feature film, West of Sunshine.

  • by Jake Wilson
A virtuosic exercise in pure form
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A virtuosic exercise in pure form

3D cinema has become a boring and overused gimmick but Prototype offers a rare chance to appreciate it anew.

  • by Jake Wilson
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Little films push cinematic form in big ways
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Little films push cinematic form in big ways

This year's Experimental Shorts at MIFF include two worth mentioning from Australian filmmakers.

  • by Jake Wilson
A Portuguese Zoolander with a touch of romance
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A Portuguese Zoolander with a touch of romance

Diamantino has a wacky, provocative plot and a lot of heart.

  • by Jake Wilson
Dream-like film explores a timeless innocence
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Dream-like film explores a timeless innocence

Like Peter Pan, the young protagonist in Happy as Lazzaro mysteriously doesn't age.

  • by Stephanie Bunbury
Exquisite story of love in the margins
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Exquisite story of love in the margins

Full of aching, ecstasy and anger, Cold War is a remarkable and beautiful film about a love that is possible only when it borders on the impossible.

  • by Karl Quinn
Spotlight on Ukraine a dazzling, furious, bloody carnival
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Spotlight on Ukraine a dazzling, furious, bloody carnival

Director Sergei Loznitsa channels his anger at what is happening in his country, Ukraine.

  • by Stephanie Bunbury