Daniel Allen

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Triangle of Sadness (Cannes Review): Flawed Super-Rich Satire

As a satire on fashion and the super-rich, Ruben Östlund’s Triangle of Sadness has its moments – but isn’t entertaining or incisive enough to fully work.

Armageddon Time (Cannes Review): A Personal Coming-of-Age Film

Featuring an excellent cast that includes Anthony Hopkins, Armageddon Time is James Gray’s deeply personal – and at times emotionally raw – coming-of-age film set in New York City.

Final Cut (Coupez!) Cannes Review: Un Cut of the Dead

Final Cut, Michel Hazanavicius’ remake of the zombie comedy One Cut of the Dead, is quite fun – but is a missed opportunity to do something fresh with the story it has.

2022 Cannes Film Festival: 15 Films to Watch

The 2022 Cannes Film Festival is almost here – here are 15 films to watch from May 17-28, including a new Hirokazu Kore-eda film and the return of David Cronenberg…

We’re All Going to the World’s Fair (Review): Online Comforts

We’re All Going to the World’s Fair is an effective, disturbing horror film that questions both the alienating impact of the Internet and the line between fiction and reality.

TRAMPS! (BFI Flare Review): All Hail The New Romantics!

The closing film at this year’s BFI Flare Festival, TRAMPS! is an audio-visual whirlwind and a beguiling documentary that pays tribute to the New Romantic scene.

The Sound of Scars (BFI Flare Review): A Truly Powerful Watch

In the documentary The Sound of Scars, the story of the heavy metal band Life of Agony and its transgender lead singer makes for a fascinating, truly powerful watch.

Sirens (BFI Flare Review): Rock ‘n’ Roll in Lebanon

Sirens is an enjoyable documentary about Lebanon’s only all-female, queer heavy metal band, following them as they overcome political unrest and personal tensions.

Wildhood (BFI Flare Review): Ode to the Mi’kmaw

Labelled as a “two-spirit odyssey,” Wildhood is a decently well-made road trip movie with significant (and successful) representation of Canada’s Indigenous population.

Cop Secret (BFI Flare Review): Reykjavík Vice

A film that wears its clichés on its sleeve, Cop Secret is an Icelandic cop movie spoof that is effortlessly funny – yet is also about a man coming to terms with his sexuality.