Film Reviews by AK

Welcome to AK's film reviews page. AK has written 6 reviews and rated 7 films.

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Dear White People

A new take on racism

(Edit) 25/04/2016

From Sam's opening "Dear white people, the minimum requirement of black friends needed to not seem racist has just been raised to two. Sorry, but your weed man, Tyrone, does not count.", this is a terrific movie. It's fast moving and very funny but also extremely thought-provoking, choosing to highlight racism and issues around racism in a new and intriguing way.

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The Homesman

Moving and harrowing

(Edit) 03/09/2015

I thought this was a brilliant film and very moving. Focusing on the hardships for women on the frontiers of the West during the mid-19th century, it is a most unusual cowboy film, covering aspects of frontier life that have rarely been featured before. Beautifully filmed and acted, it is a very poignant movie, wonderfully directed by Tommy Lee Jones, who also takes the co-stars as the old and apparently unredeemable deserter and claim jumper. Hilary Swank's performance as Mary B Cuddy is outstanding.

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The Battle of Algiers

Powerful and still relevant

(Edit) 03/09/2015

Now nearly 50 years old, The Battle of Algiers remains an outstanding classic. Its portrayal of Algeria's attempt to achieve independence from its colonial master France is very powerful and the treatment meted out to Algerian freedom fighters is as shocking today as when it was made. Shot in black and white, the imagery, most particularly the scenes in the Casbah are absolutely outstanding and the subject matter continues to shock. In my opinion, the subject matter remains relevant today, given the treatment being meted out to refugees from Syria, and elsewhere, a reminder of how European powers have treated non-Europeans.

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Jimmy's Hall

Moving, inspiring

(Edit) 21/07/2015

Jimmy's Hall is a wonderful, capturing perfectly the divisions between Church and people, landed and landless in Ireland in the 1930s. As always Ken Loach pinpoints injustice without being didactic and we are fully drawn into the personalities that he includes in his film. For me this is, yet again, a must-see film by Ken Loach, a remarkable film maker and voice of social conscience.

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Ida

Wonderful and moving

(Edit) 28/05/2015

I thought this was a remarkable and thought-provoking film. Featuring a young about-to-be nun and her damaged aunt, it combines reflections on the Holocaust with a very unusual road trip as both go looking for relatives massacred in the Holocaust. It is extremely difficult to find a new angle on the Holocaust and in my opinion this film does it brilliantly. Extremely well acted, shot in black and white that perfectly sums up 1950s Poland, I found this film wonderful and very moving.

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Two Days, One Night

Absorbing

(Edit) 31/03/2015

I found this a fascinating and very credible film. Marian Cotillard's performance is absolutely excellent and the tensions and difficulties of reconciling the lure of more money with solidarity was very sensitively portrayed. The political message - of exploitation and bribery - was gently handled and happily the ending was very clever, Hollywood-like schmaltz completely avoided. A little masterpiece in my opinion and very French.

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