Jonah Desneux

Shoplifters of the World is a love letter to 80s counter-culture and the band whose music shaped the identity of an alternative generation. Lacking substance on the back of weak performances, the film fails to hit the great heights it shoots for.

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Sophie Deraspe’s modern retelling of the tragedy of Antigone is full of heavy hitting drama. Insightful and full of critiques, Deraspe cleverly brings the ancient story to life through a contemporary lens.

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2020 was a historically terrible but that didn’t stop great films from being released. This list looks at the best films and hidden gems of last year.

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‘The Night’ starts strong following the story of a married couple with many issues trapped inside a haunted hotel. Kourosh Ahari sets up his film well, but things take a turn for the worse with a complicated direction in the second half.

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The superhero genre gets darker in Adam Egypt Mortimer’s newest feature Archenemy. To get out of a world of hyper-violent crime, two teenagers partner with a drunken man who claims to be a superhero from another dimension.

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Its only fitting to end with weird year with the possibly the weirdest Christmas movie of all time. Fatman answers the age old question of “What if Santa was actually badass?” Gibson and Goggins star in the bloody Christmas epic.

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I Am Greta touches on the rise in popularity of Swedish Teenage activist Greta Thunberg. Showing the highs and the lows of Thunberg’s activism on climate change, the film takes audiences on an inspiring emotional rollercoaster.

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‘Synchronic’ starts as a mind-bending psychedelic mystery and turns into a bland showcase of the scientific method in action. Anthony Mackie is good as the leading man, but he can’t save the lackluster script by himself.

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Rashida Jones and Bill Murray star in Sofia Coppola’s newest feature ‘On the Rocks.’ Coppola shows why she is one of the best auteurs working today, with her sharp dialogue-driven New York drama.

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Prepare to get mesmerized by a world of sweets in Ottolenghi and the Caked of Versailles. Preparing for The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Versailles exhibit, Chef Yotam Ottolenghi assembles a team of culinary artists to capture the spirit of Versailles in form of deserts.

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Carrie Coon and Jude Law shine as a husband and wife in a toxic marriage in Sean Durkin’s newest feature.

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‘Rent-A-Pal’ is a strange thriller about the horror of loneliness. Perfect for this time, the themes, comedy, and performances make for an exhilarating viewing experience.

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‘Tesla’ is a bizarre biopic telling the story of the famous electrical inventor. The film excels with its unique storytelling and a wonderful performance by Eve Hewson.

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‘Boys State’ is a wonderful documentary capturing the mock political conflict of the 2018 Texas Boys State. Full of emotions and symbolism, it’s an insightful look into the current state of American politics.

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Real-life father and son Liam Neeson and Michael Richardson star in James D’Arcy’s directorial debut about a dysfunctional father and son coming together. The film doesn’t live up to its on paper potential and instead is dreadfully dull.

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