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Woman at War

★★★★½ - STUFF - I've been waiting to write this review for more than half-a-year now, ever since I first saw Woman at War at a packed-out Embassy Theatre screening at the New Zealand International Film Festival in 2018. Waiting, because sometimes – and this is why film festivals exist – you'll...
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Woman at War

★★★★ - SYDNEY MORNING HERALD - Bleak windswept landscapes, folk in heavy woollen jumpers, cattle dogs and civil disobedience – what's not to like? This might be the best thing to come out of Iceland since their 2014 World Cup football team and that other-worldly clapping thing they made famous. ...
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Woman at War

★★★★ - NZ HERALD - Woman at War presents the middle-aged film hero you've been waiting for... Woman at War was described to me as an Icelandic thriller. It is set in Iceland and comes complete with thrilling scenes, but this story of one woman's war against the Government's co-operation with...
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Vai

★★★★ - EYE FOR FILM The history of the South Pacific is a history of movement between isolated communities, with all the sorrow - and potential for renewal - that brings. What links these communities is water, and it's through their relationship with water that members of these communities...
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Woman at War

★★★★ - THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER - An impressive follow-up to his strikingly eccentric debut, Of Horses and Men, Icelandic auteur Benedikt Erlingsson's second feature-length fiction, Woman at War (Kona fer i strid), is another skillfully crafted, surreally told tale of man and nature — or in this...
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Us

★★★★ - THE GUARDIAN "We’re Americans.” That phrase, delivered in a deathless, deadpan drawl, echoes through the twists and turns of a movie whose very title slyly evokes the common abbreviation for United States. Having taken a scalpel to the covert racism of gliberal America in Get Out,...
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Daffodils

★★★★½ - STUFF The timing couldn't be better. With the world in the middle of a movie-musical renaissance sparked by La La Land and confirmed by last year's box-office dominance of The Greatest Showman, Bohemian Rhapsody, A Star is Born, Mary Poppins Returns and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again – here's...
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Fighting With My Family

★★★★ - THE GUARDIAN These are big movies,” insists Michael Lerner’s studio boss in the Coen brothers’ 1991 hit Barton Fink, “about big men – in tights, both physically and mentally!” He’s trying to explain to John Turturro’s angsty writer the inherent parameters of a wrestling movie, insisting: “We...
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Older Than Ireland

★★★★ - STUFF  - A delightful documentary about bringing up a century.  One puts it down to keeping busy by constantly digging a hole and then filling it the next day. Another attributes it to never eating a vegetable in her life. The most successful grew so tired of being asked what her secret...
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If Beale Street Could Talk

★★★★ - THE GUARDIAN - With his third film, the writer-director Barry Jenkins carries with him an impossible weight of expectation, the kind of which he was less burdened with when Moonlight premiered in 2016. Before then he had made an acclaimed yet small-scale 2008 drama called Medicine for...
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Older than Ireland

★★★★ - CHICAGO TRIBUNE - One hundred is the new 70, or maybe even the new 60, or … You decide for yourself after watching a stunning and delightful documentary titled "Older Than Ireland." The film will introduce you to 30 people who are 100 years old (or older) but as full of life as any crowd...
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The Price of Everything

★★★★ - TIME OUT - If you’ve ever wondered who pays $20m for a painting, this sharp-edged look at the thorny relationship between art and money is for you. How can a sculpture of a balloon animal possibly be worth tens of millions of dollars? What effect do huge valuations have on the artists...
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